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What's at stake for Celtics tonight as they take on the Nets?

 Where do I begin? Boston will be facing a severely-depleted Brooklyn team in enemy territory, and this is not the time to relax or take anything for granted.


The Nets should be without Kevin Durant (injury), James Harden (injury and cloudy future) and Kyrie Irving (anti-vaccine stance). Joe Harris remains out following ankle surgery and LeMarcus Aldridge could be among the missing with ankle issues of his own. The Nets are on an 8-game losing streak coming in to this contest.

Conversely, Boston is quite healthy and is on a 5-game winning streak. There's more. The Green can leapfrog the Nets in the standings with a win. The Celtics would end up in the 7th-spot in the East with a 31-25 record (.554), just ahead of Brooklyn (29-25, .537). 

A loss by the Toronto Raptors tomorrow would then raise Boston to #6 in the standings, but we are getting ahead of ourselves. The Celtics MUST win tonight. Kyrie is not cherished by many Celtics fans, and a Nets win would end their losing streak and give them hope, and in Irvings's  case - a higher (lower?) level of arrogance.

So there we have it - much at stake here. No time for any letdown in Boston's stifling defense. This has to be "attack mode" for 48 minutes. Have I mentioned what is at stake?


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