Part two of the NBA's abbreviated season gets underway tonight, and for the Celtics, that represents a chance for them to get over the maddening up and down, roller coaster of a first half starting this evening with a game in Cleveland against the Cavaliers.
But if you think that this six-day respite will have revitalized the aging C's, given all of their wounded warriors (Brandon Bass, Chris Wilcox, not Jermaine O'Neal) a chance to heal and provided an opportunity for them to right their wrong way ship, think again.
Twenty of the Celts' 34 remaining games will be played on the road, where the team is just 4-9 thus far on the season. The C's did win 11 games at TD Garden in the first half, but of their eight home losses, three came against cupcakes Detroit, Cleveland and Phoenix, none of whom will whiff the post-season this year.
Worse, Boston's one back-to-back-to-back set on the schedule comes during the second half—a group of three road games in April that comes smack in the middle of a six-games-in-eight-nights stretch.
The point of all this is that if the Celtics are going to start making hay and turn themselves from a.500-esque team likely to be one-and-done in the playoffs (if they even make it) into a contender, now is as good a time as any to get that ball rolling. March starts in two days.
Here's a look at a handful of their most important games in what looks like it will wind up the most important month of their season.