Celtics vs. Mavs
The Boston Celtics have had a rough couple of weeks lately with the
devastating loss to their arch rival Los Angeles Lakers and then
losing again to the second best team in the West in the San Antonio
Spurs. They did beat the New York Knicks by 10 points in between
these two games, but what good team hasnít beaten the Knicks by 10
As if the loss at home to the Lakers werenít bad enough, the Celtics
go and drop another home game to the Spurs. It just hasnít been a
good start to the month of February for Boston.
Even though the Celtics dropped two statement games recently, a team
like Boston doesnít stay down for long and will get back to form
sooner rather than later. The same thing happened to Kevin Garnett
and company when they lost the Christmas day rematch with the
Lakers, they struggled for a little bit then started dominating
again in classic Celtics fashion.
The Dallas Mavericks on the other hand are in trouble and may be on
the verge of moving some of their star players by the NBA trade
deadline on February 19th which is right around the corner. Dirk
Nowitzki has played great as usual, but his supporting cast just
canít get it done anymore as they are just not good enough to
compete with the best in the NBA.
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The Mavs suffered a huge blow recently when the front runner for the
Sixth Man of the Year award, Jason Terry, went down with an injury
to his left hand that will keep him out for quite some time. Terry
has been arguably the second best player on the team this season
just behind Nowitzki. Jason Kidd has played well at times, but it is
becoming more and more obvious that he is on the downside of his
hall of fame career as he is only averaging just over eight points a
Unlike the Celtics the Mavs have played surprisingly well over the
past five games with wins over the Orlando Magic and Portland
Trailblazers. They did lose to the Utah Jazz, but then quickly
rebounded with two wins over the Chicago Bulls and the Sacramento
Kings, but those wins arenít really saying much.
The Celtics will be without a doubt favored in this game, especially
with Jason Terry watching from the sidelines and trade rumors flying
around involving Josh Howard. The only way I really see the Mavs
having a chance at winning this match up is if Dirk Nowitzki has a
big scoring night and Jason Kidd contains Rajon Rondo by limiting
his penetration which there is a good chance that he will.
The Mavs are a good team that will be a middle of the pack playoff
team, but the Boston Celtics are a great team that will be
contending for an NBA title and will be looking to get back on track
at the expense of the Dallas Mavericks.
Dallas may get lucky and make this game close, but if the Celtics
defense clamps down, the Mavs stand absolutely no chance of pulling
off the upset.