After so-so home start, Celtics hit the road

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After so-so home start, Celtics hit the road

BOSTON -- After playing 19 of their first 28 games at the TD Garden, the Boston Celtics are hitting the road for a four-game road trip heading into the All-Star Break.

They leave behind an 11-8 home record, one marked by a mix of blowouts, grind-it-out wins, and losses they let slip away.

In chronological order:

Home Wins: Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors (twice), Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls

Home Losses: Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit Pistons

Following a frustrating 98-88 loss to the Pistons on Wednesday night (in which they trailed by just one after the third quarter), the C's will fly to Chicago to face the Bulls on Thursday. They will then travel to Detroit, Dallas and Oklahoma City to round out the trip. The Celtics have lost to each of those five teams already this season.

Despite being 4-5 on the road, coach Doc Rivers isnt weighing the away games with any more significance than the games played in Boston.

That part doesnt bother me at all. The road-home schedule hasnt, never did, he said. I think were really good on the road. I think like Ive said, so far weve proven we can beat anybody and lose to anybody. Thats the maddening part. What we havent proven is that we can be a consistent basketball team, and thats where we have to get to.

Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

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Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

By Dane Carbaugh, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk

Rasheed Wallace is a man of many talents. Playing basketball. Getting ejected. Helping the disenfranchised. Throwing towels. He’s a Renaissance man, really.

Oh, and apparently he does a spot-on Doc Rivers impersonation.

During a segment on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” TV show, Wallace not only brought attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but was able to emulate the Los Angeles Clippers coach strikingly well. It came while Wallace was breaking down Rivers recent explosion and ejection from a game against the Brooklyn Nets, an outburst for which he was fined $15,000.

From the Area 21 Twitter page:

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.