Simply the Best
On Thursday in Dallas, the Celtics completed a sweep of the Texas Triangle, something that hadn't been done in more than six years. And with that, there is no longer any doubt that they are the favorites to win the NBA title.
The sign says it all.
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The Celtics will look to complete a sweep of the Texas Triangle Thursday in Dallas (8 p.m. ET, TNT). The Mavs are 9-6 since trading for Jason Kidd, but they have yet to get a big win with their new point guard. The Celtics would like to keep it that way.
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The Green Blanket
Defense wins championships, and it also wins you some big regular season games along the way. The Celtics' defense was stifling Tuesday night in Houston, and it helped end the Rockets' historical 22-game winning streak, Bostons's second huge win in as many nights.
D is for Dominant
The Team vs. The Streak
What more could you ask for? The team with the best record in the league will try to end the second longest winning streak in NBA history Tuesday night in Houston. What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Tune in to TNT at 9:30 p.m. ET and find out.
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Big Shot Sam
Sam Cassell has been with the Celtics for less than two weeks, but on Monday, he hit the biggest shot in what was probably their biggest win of the season. With his game-winner over the Spurs, Cassell showed us exactly why the Celtics brought him to Boston.
Sam Cassell Makes Shots
Showdown in San Antonio
The Celtics begin their Texas Triangle trip with a matchup against the reigning NBA champions. With the Spurs coming in off three straight defeats, they're sure to come out with playoff intensity.
It's a matchup of the two best big men in the league, but the Celtics' defense could take away Tim Duncan's effectiveness. They may have issues of their own, however, as Ray Allen is a game-time decision with a jammed annkle.
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Into the Triangle They Go
Only two or three teams make the dreaded Texas Triangle trip each season. Playing consecutive games on the road in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio (not necessarily in that order) is about as tough as it gets.
The 2007-08 season is winding down, and while the Spurs, Rockets and Mavs could be battling for playoff position until April 16, the Celtics are looking to sew up the top seed in the Eastern Conference. But even if the Pistons are too far behind to catch up, Boston still needs to prepare for the playoffs. And there's no better way to prepare than doing the Triangle.
Each game will be a test, and each game could be a preview of the 2008 NBA Finals. NBA.com's John Schuhmann is in Texas with the Celtics to see how they measure up.
Read the Texas Triangle Primer