Hollinger's Insider Gems: Feb. 24, 2009

Observations on the Celtics, the Northwest Division race, Nate the Great and more.

Updated: February 24, 2009, 4:04 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

1. If there's one thing I've learned this season, it's that the first home game after a long road trip is basically another road game.

That's especially true for Eastern Conference teams coming back from the West Coast, but yesterday we saw a Western Conference team bitten by the same bug -- Denver came home from an eight-game trip last night and was thwacked by Boston 114-76. It was the worst loss in NBA history by a team that was 10 games or more over .500 at the time, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.