Tonight is truly Driver’s Ed for the Boston Celtics. It’s time, for once and for all, to see how this team handles the road.
They’ve driven off of it so far in these playoffs, nearly to a state of utter disaster and embarrassment against Atlanta.
Game 3 at Cleveland was so bad that my eight-year-old son was screaming for Doc Rivers to put Scalabrine in the game. When I reminded him that Scal was inactive, he still thought that Scalabrine — decked out in suit and tie — would be better than what was going on out there on the floor at the time.
Truth be told, the Celtics need to play with an attitude like they did during the regular season. They need to play like an attitude like they have at home in the playoffs.
Rondo needs to start being Rondo again. Garnett needs to take it strong to the basket. Paul Pierce needs to pretend this is the 2002 and 2003 playoffs and it is on him to will points for this team. Ray Allen needs to play with a pulse.
Mind you, the home team is taking care of business in just about every playoff series at the moment. But the Celtics need to at least get competitive on the road. Last game was an embarrassment.
We’ll see what they have in store tonight.
Meanwhile at the Metrodome, Buchholz takes the ball as the Sox try to salvage a split in Minny.