The Boston Celtics traveled to Cleveland tonight to take on the ugly Cavaliers. After three quarters Team Green had more assists and rebounds, was shooting a better percentage from the line and the field (inside and outside of the arc)…and yet it still trailed by two. Keeping with the theme for 2011-2012, nothing comes easy for Doc Rivers and his merry band of hoopsters. Thankfully, on a night like this, the C’s aging stars can still step up and deliver when needed. With players like Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen making big plays at crunch time, and with Rondo playing well enough to get the job done on a poor scoring night, the Celtics can officially start the second half of the season on a positive note. The Celtics now get to travel home for the back end of a one-and-one, playing the Milwaukee Bucks at the TD Garden. And they can do so knowing that they escaped the ulitmate trap game – rested, playing a downtrodden opponent going nowhere, motivated to move up in the Eastern Conference standings in order to avoid a first round battle against the Miami Heat or the Chicago Bulls.
But now that this game is in the bag, can the Celtics respond tomorrow night? Age and fatigue and tired legs may all converge to make the C’s vulnerable, but I honestly can’t see Boston caving in and losing to the Bucks. Can you?