BOSTON -- One of the tougher things for an NBA team to do is come off the road after a long trip and play that first game at home.
That's what the Celtics will try to deal with when they host the New York Knicks on Wednesday night as Boston plays the first of three straight games at TD Garden.
The Celtics went 2-2 on their four-game trip, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets and losing to the Lakers and Golden State Warriors. The losses were by a total of five points and Monday's win at Denver was a one-point decision.
They are 2-5 in their last seven games and their guards are banged up, but survived the high altitude and escaped Denver -- barely.
"I thought we were gassed at the end of the game," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the win raised Boston's record to 36-15. "We missed some defensive assignments, and I thought we missed some good opportunities on offense, but they found a way."
Now they host the Knicks in the third meeting of the season between the old rivals. Each has held serve at home in the two games played this season. >> Read more
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