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Boston Celtics Have Some Winnable Game Ahead, Starting with Orlando Magic on Sunday

January 19th, 2014 at 1:47 PM
By Sean Melia

The bottom of the Eastern Conference is struggling to win basketball games right now. Looking at the standings, the bottom five teams have a total of 24 straight losses right now. The Orlando Magic are a big reason for that loss total. They come into Sunday's game against the Boston Celtics having lost 10 straight games and 13 of the last 15 games. 

'Jameer Nelson and Antawn Jamison' photo (c) 2008, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Combined, the Celtics and Magic are 3-24 in their last 27 games. That's horrible. 

Over the next two weeks the Celtics have a chance to nab a couple wins. They play Orlando twice, Philadelphia twice, the New York Knicks, and the Brooklyn Nets between today and February 5. 

With Rajon Rondo back, and the trade deadline looming, this could be a great chance to showcase some players against some lesser competition. The Celtics have 13 games between Sunday's Magic match-up and the All-Star break.

A 4-9 record in those games will put the Celtics at 18-36 and pretty much clear of any playoff push. The other catch with this stretch of games is against a lot of teams that are competing for the bottom of the league. Beating teams like the 76ers and Magic hurt twice as bad.

Danny Ainge has 13 games left to show off players and collect more assets. Kris Humphries and Rajon Rondo could be the most popular trade phone calls Ainge receives. It will be interesting to see who ends up on this team for the last two months. 

 

Tags: Basketball, Boston, Boston Celtics, Danny Ainge, NBA, Orlando Magic

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