The All-Star game has come and gone. Basketball is now back in full swing starting last night. Our beloved Boston Celtics officially start the second half tonight. The Celtics are currently 38-16 with a sizable lead on the Miami Heat for the three seed in the Eastern conference. The best part of all? They are still only a game and a half behind Toronto for the two seed. There's still some time to catch up. However, this Celtics team takes things one game at a time. They have two games this weekend. So, let's take a look at these two matchups as the Celtics get back to playing real basketball games.
2/21 @ Minnesota Timberwolves
The Celtics begin the second half of their NBA season (second half meaning after the All-Star festivities) with a matchup in Minnesota against the Timberwolves. The T'wolves aren't having the best of seasons at 16-37, giving them the second worst record in the Western Conference. We know the deal with Minnesota by now. They have Karl-Anthony Towns, who is one of the best centers in the NBA. With the Celtics coming into town, maybe their style of play can convince Towns to want to get out of Minnesota and play in Boston. Hey, a fan can dream right? Anyways, back to the Timberwolves. They traded Andrew Wiggins to the Warriors recently for D'Angelo Russell. KAT is a big fan of that move. Besides those two, there isn't much that the Celtics really have to worry about. Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis will have their hands full with Towns. Other than that the Celtics wing play and bench should be enough to start their post All-star game schedule off on the right note.
2/23 @ Los Angeles Lakers
On Sunday afternoon, the rivalry writes another chapter. The Celtics head out to L.A. to take on LeBron, A.D., and the first place in the Western conference Lakers. I'm not going to lie when I say that I thought the Lakers weren't going to be this good, even with A.D. in the fold. But, here we are! When you look at the Lakers they have a lot of solid players surrounding their two stars. Danny Green, Alex Caruso, Rajon Rondo, and Dwight Howard are just a few of the names surrounding LeBron and AD. However, remember that these two teams meet back at the TD Garden on January 20th. The Celtics cruised to a 139-107 victory. But this time they're in Los Angeles. I'm not saying the Celtics can't win this game. But I will say that it won't be as easy as they made it look the first time these two teams met.
This is the start of a very exciting second half of the season for the Celtics. We know they are going to make the playoffs. Now we just have to figure out what seed they'll finish at after 82 games. Will it be the three? Can they move up to the two? Will they slide down to the four? Whatever the case may be for seeding, it starts with two good games in Minnesota and Los Angeles. After that, we'll see how good this team is on an extended West Coast road trip.