The Other Side: Boston Celtics
The last time the Washington Wizards faced the Boston Celtics, the Celtics were going for their 13th consecutive victory and outrunning the rest of the league like Usain Bolt. This time around, the Celtics still have the best record in the NBA, but they are in the midst of their worst slump of the season.
They have lost three out of their past four games after a miserable West Coast road trip that saw them lose on back-to-back nights to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors (huh?). Boston demolished the Sacramento Kings by 45 points, then suffered a controversial loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in which the Trail Blazers were somehow able to score an uncontested bucket -- with six players on the floor. Check out this play. It doesn't happen too often:
The NBA apologized for the loss, but it doesn't change the fact that the defending champions ended a memorable 2008 calendar year with a resounding thud.
The Celtics (28-5) will welcome the Wizards back to TD Banknorth Garden for the first time since the Wizards pulled out that amazing, 88-83 win on Jan. 14, when they came back from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit. After opening 2009 with the Wizards, the Celtics will play four games in four different cities in six nights. Here's what else you need to know about the Celtics:
1. The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls Are Probably Safe
When the Celtics left for their four-game trip before Christmas, the Celtics were on a 19-game winning streak, off to the best 29-game start in NBA history and on pace to win 76 games. When they returned to Boston after going 1-3, the Celtics are just focused on putting that awful trip behind them. Funny thing is, those few losses had some doubting their ability to repeat. After they lost to the Lakers and Warriors, the headline on Mark Heisler's column for the Los Angeles Times referred to the Celtics as "the worst 27-4 team ever." Ouch.
2. The Cs Talk Trash, Collect Ts
The victors inherit the spoils, but what about the hotheads, too? After winning his first NBA championship, Kevin Garnett has taken his taunting and trash talk to another level this season. In a game against Portland in early December, Garnett actually got down on all fours in front of Blazers' rookie Jerryd Bayless. Earlier this season, he clapped and barked down the court to harass Toronto's Jose Calderon. Garnett even made his teammate, Glen Davis, cry.
Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala said the Celtics should be a little classier, while the Oregonian's Geoffrey Arnold said the Celtics -- Garnett in particular -- go a bit overboard in letting opponents know how good they are. Garnett said Boston's critics need to calm down. What about the Celtics? Kendrick Perkins, Garnett and Paul Pierce have combined for 16 technical fouls this season. Perkins is third in the league with nine.
3. The Celtics Might Reunite Stephon Marbury and Garnett
With Dikembe Mutombo re-signing with Houston and P.J. Brown telling the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he plans on staying retired, the Celtics are still looking to improve their bench and interested in adding the New York Knicks' exiled point guard. The primary problem is Marbury negotiating a buyout from the Knicks, who could make not signing with the Celtics part of any agreement.
A possible Marbury-Garnett reunion sounds incomprehensible, considering how a jealous Marbury forced his way out of Minnesota almost 10 years ago. Since then, their careers have gone on much different paths.
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