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January Will Be Good Testing Ground for Boston Celtics and Their Identity

December 27th, 2013 at 12:43 PM
By Sean Melia

The Boston Celtics got to hit the reset button this Christmas. Players got to leave town for a few days and recharge their batteries before hitting a brutal stretch in their schedule in January.

'Boston Celtics Wallpaper v2' photo (c) 2010, Stella Yodo - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Celtics suffered a tough November schedule and were rewarded with a December that was much more manageable with some rest built in. Starting on Saturday against Cleveland the Celtics hit another long run of games that will test their patience, strength, and fortitude. They will play nine games in 15 days which includes five games on a west coast trip that does not include any West Coast cream puffs. They'll be playing the Oklahoma City Thunder, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, and Portland Trail Blazers.

These nine games, and the 19 games they play between now and February 1st will be the make or break part of the season. If they manage to win between 7-10 games they would have about 20 wins and 26 losses. 

With the trade deadline looming in February, the west coast trip (which could possibly be a winless trip) could be the final proof that Danny Ainge needs to make some trades and make sure this Celtics team slowly drifts out of playoff contention. The Atlantic Division will not help them do this easily and some player movement will be necessary unless the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets get their act together or make a desperate trade that works out in their favor.

While every month brings new hope and the desire to look ahead, this January offers a lot opportunities for this Celtics team to continue to grow and figure out who they are and what they really think they can be. 

Tags: Atlantic Division, Basketball, Boston, Boston Celtics, brooklyn nets, Golden State Warriors, NBA, new york knicks

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