The Other Side: Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are coming to town with two thoughts on their minds -- history and revenge. If Boston (20-2) beats Washington tonight, it will break the record for best start in franchise history after 23 games and continue the Celtics' season-best win streak to 13 games.
The defending champion Celtics have no interest in resting on their laurels, as the Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are ensuring that the team shows no slippage, despite the offseason departures of veterans James Posey and P.J. Brown. Here's what you should know about Boston before the nationally televised game tonight at Verizon Center:
1. Ray Allen Leads the Team in Scoring
He was the forgotten man for much of last season, a third wheel latched on a reverse tricycle with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce at the head. But after a valiant performance in the NBA Finals, Ray Allen is scoring like he did in Seattle, leading the well-balanced Celtics at 19.2 points per game. He had a season-high 35 points in a win over Indiana on Sunday. This story by Marc Spears points out that some of his problems last season were the result of his sore ankles. He looks okay now.
2. Rajon Rondo Could Be Best Pure Point Guard in East
If you had to pick one Eastern Conference point guard to run your team, who would it be? Devin Harris, sure. But he's more of a scorer than set-up man. Andre Miller? Possibly. Maybe Mike Bibby. Okay. But Rajon Rondo is steadily making that climb, especially with Chauncey Billups replaced by a shooting guard in Detroit. His teammates certainly think he should be an all-star next February .
3. Celtics Aren't Concerned About Records
Kevin Garnett bringing teammate Glen "Big Baby" Davis to tears last week was a clear example of his intensity. It also proved that the Celtics won't let up on anyone -- opponents or teammates -- this season. They aren't getting caught up in the early success. They currently rank second in points allowed per game and first in opponents' field goal percentage. Their one major Achilles' is turnovers (they rank 24th at 15.8 per game).
December 11, 2008; 4:16 PM ET
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