Re: Is it good to be much less afraid of LA or bad that Miami looks so scary?
posted at 12/27/2010 1:50 PM EST
In Response to Re: Is it good to be much less afraid of LA or bad that Miami looks so scary?
[QUOTE]Balance of power is shifting in both East and West, right before our eyes. LA is not going to be the top seed out west; it's more likely going to be 2nd or 3rd when the time comes. But back East, Celtics are going to have to scrape and claw their way to that spot. Without West and Perkins, this team is showing its weaknesses. And frankly, flame all you want but Jermaine O'Neal is terrible. He came into the season out of NBA shape, and is simply taking up a roster spot. Can he help down the stretch? Maybe. And the argument that he hasn't played enough games yet is weak. He has looked as lost on a court as has Bradley. But I hope the Celts retain the top spot in the east when the chips fall. And Orlando isn't as good as the two games it's just played. It's a great feel-good story for the fans, but they're not going to topple either Miami or Boston for the top two seeds. Miami is playing the best ball in the NBA right now, and that's not a fluke.
Posted by soups[/QUOTE]
Rondo has his sights set on the CP3/NOH game New Years Eve. I always want to be cautious so if he comes back in limited mins vs. the T'Wolves 1/3 and then returns to 100% form vs. SA 1/5, I'm fine with that.
I see Perk returning for spot mins maybe vs Hou 1/10 at the earliest and Cha 1/14 at the latest. He needs a 1-2 game tune-up b/c I want to see him on the court vs. Howard 1/17 and Big Al, who he always plays well 1/21.
That gives him 8-9 games to get all warned up for the battles with LA 1/30, Dal 2/4. Orlando 2/6, LA 2/10 and Miami 2/13.
We really need to go like 14-2 over our next 16 games, with 11 of them at home and multiple players coming back from injury.
The hardest stretch of the year is January 27th to February 13th. Those 9 games have 5 on the road but just LA as a really hard road game.. we have LA, Orlando, Miami, Dallas at home. Gotta go 7-2 in those 9 games and sweep the home games vs. the elite to establish ourselves as the clear #1 team in the league.
If we enter the all-star game with a 44-9 record I will be very pleased
and really hopeful that we get the #1 seed. At this point we'd be 3-0 vs. Miami and have the tiebreaker.
DWest should start to play sometime in late/Jan early Feb. After the all-star break we have a moderately hard west coast swing then a VERY easy schedule down the stretch with -knock on wood- full health.
Going 21-8 to end the year puts us at 65-17. I think that is what it will take to hold off Miami.