After a disappointing 100-88 loss to the fourth place New York Knicks, The Boston Three Party and the rest of the Celtics squad look forward to Tuesday, January 6 when they take on the Charlotte Bobcats.
Although the loss is only a small blemish on the nearly flawless Celtics record (29-6), they know that relaxing their style of play against less talented opponents can be devastating by the end of the season. Interestingly enough, the Celtics are 21-2 in their conference, and one loss belongs to the New York Knicks.
Charlotte is another team like the Knicks that does not pose a threat to the strong Celtics offense and defense, but like the Knicks, the Celtics cannot play another relaxed game. A relaxed atmosphere during the regular season will not bode well for the Celtics postseason, and right now the Celtics are the team to beat.
Celtics G Rajon Rondo has been absolutely on fire as of late, and continues to grow into one of the league's premier point guards. Rondo matures as a player every game, and the dearth of skill for Charlotte should help boost Rondo's confidence.
The Bobcats have just recently added Suns' players F Boris Diaw and G Raja Bell. Diaw and Bell look to add to the struggling Charlotte offense, but Boston should still have no problem shutting them down.
The key for Boston is come out and play their A-game, and to keep C Kendrick Perkins out of foul trouble.