Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics
7:30 PM ET, January 20, 2012
TD Garden, Boston, MA
The Suns and the Celtics – here we have two teams that are in desperate need of a win. Both with horrible records this season, something neither of these two teams is accustomed to having. The Phoenix Suns as well as the Boston Celtics both hold losing records. Both teams look seriously confused at this time. Over the last two seasons, the Suns have won 3 out of their last 4 meetings with the Celtics. None of that matters as this game will simply be won by the team that has the better shooting night.
The Phoenix Suns are in uncharted waters, with losing on the road being their Achilles Heel. This will prove to be more than just another game… this has become a must win for the depleted franchise once held so high. There is a problem with your basketball team when the team’s leading scorer is your center, Marcin Gortat, who is averaging 14.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and almost 2 blocked shots a game. Their all star point guard, Steve Nash, is averaging 10.1 assists a game. The Suns are ranked in the bottom half in almost every category except assists. In assists they come in 14th overall, 19th in defense, 16th in offense and this is their worse year rebounding – ranking them 23rd overall in the league.
The Boston Celtics have lost all ability to win a basketball game, having to depend on a different scoring leader every night, and the inconsistencies of the starters has raised a high level of concern among the Celtics fan. To be honest, the best players have been coming off the bench. Consistency wise, the big three are having a difficult time finding any kind of rhythm and it’s following them back to the defensive end of the court. Once known as one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, they have allowed almost 93 points a game while only scoring 90 on offense, ranking them 26th overall. The most shocking part of their game is rebounding, pulling down 38 balls a game, ranking them 28th out of 32 teams in the NBA.
There will be no do´s and don’ts tonight. Both teams must do everything right and very little wrong in order to get the job done. Both teams will have to protect the ball while figuring out how to get everyone involved. Since I can only pick one team, I will admit a small amount of favoritism to the Boston Celtics for being the home team and still having a handful of fans that support them in their quest for the youth pills. I think the Celtics need to get their season back on track and try for a late run to the playoffs.