It seems like the Celtics have more than their share of rivalries lately.

For the past few years, the Lakers, Knicks and Heat were teams Boston always got hyped for and the matches usually ended up in a shoving match or with some serious peacocking.

Now Brooklyn can be added to that list. Everyone remembers the "brawl" back in November with Rajon Rondo and Kris Humphries. The Celtics certainly remembered and showed it by routing the Nets 93-76 the next time they played on Christmas.

The beat down was so bad, it caused the Nets CEO to publicly call out the entire organization.

Since Christmas, the last time the teams have played, the two squads have gone through some serious changes. No Rajon Rondo or Jared Sullinger for Boston, who have been clinging to the seven-seed in the playoffs, and the Nets have pretty much figured their issues out and look to finish as the four-seed in the East.

The game may not seem like it has the makings of a heated battle on paper, but these two teams simply don't like each other and it should surprise no one if there is another shoving match or a hard foul or two before the final buzzer sounds. That's the definition of a rivalry, when two teams really aren't playing for anything, but will still go hard at each other as if the world were at stake.

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Eric Blaisdell 4/10/2013 10:59:00 AM Edit
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