Even though they lost last night, the Celtics have been ridiculously good on the road this year. There 13-2 record away from the BankNorth Garden is the best in the league. On the other hand, they have been decidedly mediocre at home, dropping 4 games and narrowly escaping many others.You can try to analyze this however you want, but I don't think there's really any rhyme or reason behind it. However, since I like to overanalyze everything let me give it a shot. 

Being a veteran- laden team, the road record makes sense. The vets don't get intimidated by angry and hostile crowds and sometimes even welcome it.  Also, don't discount the fact that road games for the C's are often like home games because of the tremendous following the Celtics have nationwide.  I was at the Celtics-Wizards game in D.C a few weeks ago, and at least 50% of the people there were Celtics fans.

Boston's dominant defense is another factor.  The Celtics are one of the best defensive teams in the league, and usually defense is more consistent than offense.  For example, a big three pointer or thunderous dunk at home can ignite a crowd and the team itself.  By playing dominant defense you can eliminate those big plays and not only shut down the opposing team, but the crowd too.

In any case, it's certainly a lot better to be struggling at home than on the road.  Winning on the road is especially important in the playoffs when a road win can often tilt a series.  While it's nice to know that the Celtics are capable of winning consistently on the road those that say we don't need home court are foolish.  This home court curse on Friday's is just a fluke, and while the Celtics don't need home court advantage to win it all, it sure would be nice.

Karl Dillinger 12/28/2009 09:16:00 PM Edit
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