Celtics Still Have Gas Left in the Tank

After defeating the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, the Boston Celtics are up 2-1 against the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the NBA playoffs. They won Game 1 by one point,  but lost Game 2 in a tough one point game. Then they went to Philadelphia and blew out the 76ers 107-91. Game 4 is tomorrow night in Philadelphia. If the Celtics make it to the next round, they will play either the Indiana Pacers or the Miami Heat. The Heat are the better team, but they are losing the series 2-1.  To beat either team would be a tough but possible task. Even though the Heat are the better team, the Celtics had more trouble with the Pacers. They were able to handle the Heat, going 2-1 against them in the regular season. To win the championship, a team needs 16 playoff victories. The Celtics have six. How many will they get before they finish their season?

The Celtics have the capability of getting to the NBA Finals, but it is unlikely that they would win. Their main obstacle is health. Avery Bradley, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen have all been playing through injuries, which can limit their effectiveness. Luckily, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett have picked up the slack, and the Celtics continue to win. In the three games played against Philly, KG is average 20 points and 11 rebounds. That’s quite a contribution. The Celtics have also been clutch when it matters, hitting big shots in big situations. If they want to make it to the Finals, they will need to continue doing what they’re doing and try to stay consistent.
Although the Celtics are an old team, they still have a great shot at going deep into this year’s playoffs. They have more than enough experience, which will help them late in games when the pressure is on. If they stay healthy, don’t be surprised if they make a run towards the Finals.
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