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The Celtics play the Cavs tonight - But let's look ahead to the playoffs

The Celts have started out 4-1 and the national media doesn't seem to have caught on to how good we are yet.  I guess people don't pay a lot of attention to what happens early in the season on the NBA because some of the players are still getting in game shape and teams are all working on chemistry.  The Celts came into the season in game shape and they have the chemistry.  So what is left for us to work on?  Rebounding.

A game like tonight's is exactly the challenge we need to see where we measure up.  Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson are two of the best rebounders in the game.  Love is averaging 15+ a game and Thompson grabs 11+ a game.  That is more than any individual Celtic gets (Jayson Tatum leads with 8 per game).  As a team, however, the Celts and Cavs both average 46.5 boards a game.  Here is my point:  The ONLY way that the Cavs beat the Celts tonight is if they outrebound us.  We know that going in.  We know who we need to worry about on the glass.  Love and Thompson.  SO BOX THEM OUT!  DO it individually.  Do it as a team.  Do it however you want but just get it done.

A team that can rebound is a team that is tough.  And as Jayson Tatum says, toughness is what he likes best about this squad:




I remember playing the Cavs in the playoffs 2 and 3 years back.  I remember them having offensive possessions where Cleveland would miss and grab their own rebound and then miss and grab their rebound and then miss and grab their own rebound again.  So frustrating to watch your favorite team be manhandled.  And in the end the Cavs won those series' because they were the tougher team.  Well let's see who the tougher team is now.  To beat Philly and the Clippers/Lakers in the playoffs we are going to have to play with both skill and toughness.  Even though it is a seemingly meaningless game early in the season, if we can outrebound a team like Cleveland it will be yet another sign that we are ready for the bigtime. 

Get on board and stay on board.  The Boston Celtics are going to win the NBA title this season.

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