If I were to say that Monday’s game against the Wizards didn’t feel like a playoff game, I would be lying. Anyone who has watched these two teams play can spot a developing rivalry between two of the Eastern Conference’s best teams. Prior to Monday’s game, the 3 games these two squads played mustered up a grand total of 11 technical fouls and an ejection--not to mention that the two are battling for the conference’s 2nd seed under LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Both teams wanted to win, but Boston wasn’t going to let Washington get away with a victory.
Like I said before, I could’ve sworn this was a playoff game. The booing directed at Washington’s All-Star caliber point-guard John Wall was deafening, but nothing was louder than the chants of “Bull-Sh*t, Bull-Sh*t, Bull-Sh*t” after a double technical was called on Terry Rozier and Brandon Jennings after their altercation at half court. The Grim Reaper even made an appearance, forcing some Wizards players to miss at the charity strike. Play after play ignited the Boston crowd, whether it was the half court lob to Amir Johnson or Marcus Smart’s game-saving strip and steal near the end of the game.
Needless to say, Celtics fans are ready for a deep run in the playoffs, which is completely within the team’s grasp. Obviously, strong rebounding, gritty defense and healthy players will be key for this year’s postseason, especially if the Celtics want to destroy LeBron’s streak for consecutive finals appearances. We all know that if anyone has the best chance of beating the Warriors, it’s the boys in green.