Tonight at 7:30 the Celtics and Raptors will tip-off in Toronto with second place on the table. I know, it’s still January and we’re not even talking about first place, but the Celtics goal for the regular season should be to claim second place.
A second place finish this year would show how long the Celtics have come, as well as show all of the Celtics potential for the future. It was just three years ago that the Cs finished with a lowly 25-57 record and appeared to be one of the least talented teams in the league. Now, everything is looking up. Isaiah Thomas is torching teams every night, Al Horford came to town and is starting to show why he’s a max contract guy, and Brad Stevens continues to show that he is one of the best coaches in the league. Finishing second in the regular season would show the rest of the league that the Celtics of old are back.
An added bonus to taking control of the two-spot at this point in the season would be the potential for Brad Stevens to be East’s All-Star Coach. That right will go to the head coach of the team that is second place just after the mid-point in the season. Having Brad be at the helm for the East’s All-Star team could be essential for networking. It could allow him to get the message across the league that playing in Boston wouldn’t be so bad after all.
But the best thing to come from this game, is the “rivalry” that Toronto Raptors fans seem to think there is between the two teams. I took the liberty of taking a screen shot of a small thread from Reddit this morning to show the nonsense that is going on in the mind of the Raptors fan.
I don’t understand why Raptors fans are so hot and bothered about this. There’s never been bad blood. But beside the point, tonight’s game should be a tough one. The Celtics will be going in without the services of Avery Bradley, meaning Marcus Smart will need to step up in a big way if the Celtics are going to pull it off. Luckily, I believe that he will and that the Celtics will win 108-102.