The media played it for all the laughs and clicks it could get, LeBron James was a good sport and Dwyane Wade had a blast teasing his blue-pinstriped BFF from the Cleveland Cavaliers as James paid off a World Series bet Friday evening.
But Taj Gibson was not amused. Nothing against the frivolity per se, but Gibson wasn¡¯t going to let himself get drawn in, lest he drop his guard.
“LeBron, he’s that dude, man,” Gibson told reporters after Chicago¡¯s unexpected 111-105 victory at the United Center. “I’m happy to be able to say that for most of my career I was able to play big games against him. Playoffs, regular games, rivalries, whatever you want to call it, because he’s the man.
It’s impossible to know what these Celtics truly are or what they might become. Boston has rarely put together a full 48-minute effort and sweats out wins against subpar competition as emphasized during this weekend’s back-to-back wins against the Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers without Joel Embiid.
Elite Brent Celek Jersey Boston’s schedule is about to crank into overdrive. The Celtics play nine of their next 14 games on the road, including visits to four of the current top six teams in the West over the next two weeks. A return trip to Cleveland, where Boston lost in early November, looms at the end of the month.
The Celtics are going to have to play better than they have lately to keep their heads above water. Despite winning six of their last eight, Boston’s play hasn’t inspired much confidence. The Celtics have won five straight away from TD Garden, but the combined records of those five teams entering Sunday’s action was 33-67 (.330 winning percentage).
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On Monday, the Celtics drop in on a Rockets team that went 4-1 on a recent five-game road trip that included a double-overtime victory over Golden State. The Rockets own the third-best offensive rating in the league and sit seventh in net rating (plus-3.3). For sake of comparison, Boston is 12th in the league in net rating at plus-2.0 (but has the potential to elevate higher as its defensive rating stabilizes).