Let’s just forget about last night’s Celtics loss to the Bobcats because the more you think about it, the more depressing it becomes. The more you think about it, the more you stumble upon stats like:
The Celtics are now one of only four teams — along with the Wizards, Wolves and Magic — to lose twice to Charlotte this season.
And . . .
In their last 21 games, the Bobcats are 2-0 against the Celtics and 1-18 against the rest of the NBA.
And . . .
Every time the Bobcats beat the Celtics, Tommy Heinsohn loses a permanent tooth.
See what I mean? It’s just not fun. And unfortunately, it might not be fun for a while.
You see, the Celtics follow up last night’s depressing showdown with the Bobcats, with tonight’s depressing showdown with the Raptors. They’ll then have Thursday off. And Friday off. And then take the parquet again on Saturday against . . . you guessed it, the Charlotte Bobcats!
As of right now, the Celtics are tied with the Hawks for the sixth seed in the East. They’re a game back of the Bulls for the fifth seed, three games back of the Nets for home court in the first round and five games back of the injury-riddled Knicks for first place in the Atlantic Division. But guess what? It doesn’t matter. Even though tonight’s game with the Raptors and Saturday’s sure-to-be-explosive revenge match with the Bobcats may look like layups on the schedule — aka PRIME opportunities for the C’s to make up some ground in the fight for playoff seeding — that’s not where the team’s head is at. As evidence by Tuesday’s night off for Paul Pierce, and Doc’s relatively timid reaction to the Green’s Charlotte stinker, it’s clear that the priorities have changed. And from now until Sunday, those priorities will be in the spotlight.
It’s about preservation; not playoff seeding.
So don’t get your hopes.
And in turn, you’ll be rewarded on Monday.
That’s when Miami comes back to town.