Before Boston starts "raising tomorrow's Celtics fan today," the team might want to put the brakes on their losing streak. The Celtics have dropped three in a row, technically four since their lone victory in that stretch was over the glorified D-League squad that is the New Jersey Nets. But don't get all wicked sad and spill a tear in your Sam Adams, Celtics fans: Kevin Garnett will be back for this game. It will be KG's first time on the parquet floor in over three weeks, and the team has missed his defensive intensity, clutch scoring, and ability to make Glen Davis cry like a little girl at an Adam Lambert concert. The Celtics, who are one of the rare teams to play better on that road than at home, struggled with a 4-6 record while Garnett was on the bench.
Garnett and the Blazers have a little history, following last year's odd "barking incident." Jerryd Bayless was confronted by a barking Garnett, on all fours, during the final quarter of Boston's 93-78 victory at home. Perhaps Garnett wasn't comfortable sharing a court with a player of equal intensity, or maybe he just thought he was Poochinski. Whatever the case, Portland got revenge a few weeks later when they beat the Celtics 91-86 in Portland, a game won without Brandon Roy.
So it can be done.
Roy won't be in Boston for this game, he hightailed it back to Seattle for a second opinion on his mangled hamstring. He'll be out for the remainder of the road trip, and after that his status remains up in the air. Winning in Boston is no easy task, and it's even tougher when facing the three headed beast of Garnett/Pierce/Allen. Andre Miller has recently emerged as a viable scoring threat—and not just the quite guy we all fear hates everyone—and the Blazers will need him to balance an offensive attack with LaMarcus Aldridge. And if Garnett barks at Bayless again, might we suggest using a rolled-up newspaper on him?