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Dame time!?! C's welcome the Blazers

"We came in, saying we'd win this. There are no moral victories in this s--t. We've got to be better." - JB after Mondays gut punch of a loss. 

“We gotta get our groove back, which, you know, I’m confident that we will. [We will] get back to being ourselves and playing with that swagger on both ends of the floor for 48 minutes. -JT after Sundays heart breaking loss. 

1st Quarter

Dame Lillard is one of my favorite non Celtics. He would be the perfect Celtic though. Humble and loyal to his team. In a league where guys move from place to place he stays true. He's the anti Leflop and KD. C's have started off decent, but if they get a lead it means nothing. They need to sustain a full four quarter game tonight. 

Let's talk about JBs crossover it's absolutely spectacular! He is as quick as a lightning strike! He's come back from the facial injury and hasn't missed a beat IMO. He has made an effort to limit his turnovers. 

JT nails the three, telling the Blazers ain't no zone gonna hold me! JT is finding Al where he likes to be, outside the three. JT goes into his bag of tricks and gets to the rack! 

The Cs have fifteen games left until the playoffs. Six at home and nine on the road. This will be the time to dig in and get ready for the real season to start. This road trip coming up should create an amazing bond with this group. Time to become Road Warriors! 

2nd Quarter

C's have these teams on tap, Hawks,Wolves, Jazz, Kings, Blazers, and Rockets. My question for C's fans.... How many do you think they actually win?! From what I see they should win five or six if not all six. That would silence all the doubters after those three crazy losses. 

What will be key on this road trip, is Joe's ability to adapt as a Coach. He needs to really hanker down on building his rotations. He also can't allow the second units to relinquish such vast leads. The key is knowing when to give these guys minutes. Yet not leave them in for too long. He also needs to learn the art of the timeout. Your the coach, do your job and learn to stop the bleeding. Don't let leads evaporate!

3rd Quarter

Blake Griffin is the epitome of a veteran and also what a true Celtics does. A Celtic is someone who does what's needed for the team and leaves his ego at the door. Love the way Blake sacrifices his body for the team! 

Sam I am decides he's not going to shot a three, and goes off the dribble to draw the foul. He's a three point specialist for certain. Yet he has a very decent skill set. His defense is suspect but the effort is there. He will need to hit his shots come this road trip. 

JT when he's on can be deadly from deep, yet I prefer him getting inside. Off the dribble hes almost unstoppable. He's learning to post up more and should be asking MJ for tips. He already wears Jordan brand, now let the man tutor you like he did Kobe. 

C's finish the third with a sizable lead. Still a quarter left and it won't feel comfortable until the clock says zero.

4th Quarter

C's have a twenty five point lead as we speak.... What needs to happen is the cultivating of this lead. We have witnessed way too many games where leads have disappeared like they entered the Bermuda Triangle. 

Let's talk about Derrick White for a moment. From what I see out of him, he needs to be on the floor in crunch time. He will be a huge piece to winning Banner 18. He to me is what being a Celtic is all about. Gives it his all on every play. 

The Celtic Knights feelings.... 

 The way the C's moved the ball tonight seemed to be efficient. After three horrible losses, it was nice to get an easy win. Now they are set to go on a six game road trip. I'm hoping that this group can tighten up and win at least five of those games. Ideally they go 6-0. 

I've been going back and forth about wanting the number one seed. Or at least convincing myself they need it. Do they?! I'm truly torn... It would be ideal if they could catch the Bucks and take it back. Yet I feel they are good enough team to win on the road. Great teams always win on the road. This team has proven they can win on the road. What do our reader's think...

Bleed Green Celtic Pride see ya in Atlanta Saturday! 


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