With two games left to play in the 2009 regular season, the defending champion Boston Celtics are ready to make their next run at an NBA title. They will either match up for the opening round against the Philadelphia 76ers or the Chicago Bulls. The Sixers are currently a 1/2 game ahead of the Bulls with a 40-40 record. Chicago has one game left against the Raptors, and Philly will be challenged by the Celtics and the #1 seeded Cleveland Cavaliers in their final two games.
The C’s have matched up against the Sixers very well this year, winning all three contests thus far. They went 2-1 against the Bulls, losing in Chicago last March. With home court advantage on their side, Boston should be able to handle either team in a series.
Kevin Garnett recently stated that he will be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season. They are going to need him for the playoffs in round 2 when they run into the Cavs. After losing 76-107 last Sunday in Cleveland, Boston will be fired up to prove themselves as real contenders. If Garnett comes back healthy for the post-season and the rest of the C’s continue to play their game, the Celtics could be in the midst of possibly earning their second straight NBA championship.
Regardless of who they play, the Celtics are set to host game 1 of the 1st round this Saturday at the TD Banknorth Garden. Tip off will likely be 12:30 or 1:00 pm. Celtics Playoff tickets are now available.