Boston Celtics: 2012Game39
1. What should scare the Celtics most about the Trail Blazers?
Robb: Just like Philadelphia, they are a desperate team right now having dropped four of their last five games. There are plenty of trade rumors swirling in the Pacific Northwest as the Blazers have dropped out of the top 8 spot in the Western Conference, making this pit stop in Boston even more crucial than normal. This roster has plenty to prove if they want to stay together and plenty of athletic talent as well which could give Boston fits. Look for Portland to come out hungry Friday night.
Forsberg: Portland's in last place in the Northwest Division. They'd be a playoff team in the East. They truly are one of those sneakily deceptive teams. Look at their stats and you'll wonder how they're not five wins better than their record reflects. About the only thing the Blazers don't do better than average is rebound and that shouldn't exactly be a concern against Boston. Not that past success matters much, but the Blazers haven't won in Boston since 2004 and have been one of the league's worst road teams this season. That said, the Celtics know how daunting a desperate team could be. If the Blazers are clicking offensively, this one will be a grind for Boston.
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