Save for a couple of games against New Jersey (ahem), the C’s schedule since late January has been brutal. Seven of the team’s last 15 games have come against Atlanta, Denver, the Lakers (twice), Orlando (twice) and Cleveland, and that 15-game span also included five straight road games against Western Conference teams.
The C’s went 7-8 over that stretch, with only two of those wins coming against teams that currently stand at .500 or better (@ Portland and @ the Lakers, with both teams battling injuries).
The next seven games represent something of a reprieve. Only two come against teams with .500 or better records (as of Sunday morning), and none are more than two games over .500:
3/2 @ Detroit (21-38)
3/3 Charlotte (28-29)
3/5 @ Philadelphia (22-36)
3/7 Washington (20-36)
3/9 @ Milwaukee (30-28)
3/10 Memphis (30-29)
3/12 Pacers (20-39)
After this stretch, the schedule gets tough again. There are a couple of ways to look at this.
You could say the C’s should clean up against the mediocrity of the league, and that if they don’t, the problems we’ve seen since Christmas are undeniably real and serious.
Or if the C’s don’t play well, you could just chalk it up to their self-professed (according to Kendrick Perkins, at least) boredom with the regular season and inability to get up for games against the dregs.
Personally? Boston should be beating these teams, though there are two back-to-backs in there, Milwaukee has won six straight (and is giving the Hawks hell in Atlanta as I write this), and the Bobcats are a tough out when healthy.
And, hell, the C’s just lost at home to the Nets, so no win is sure thing right now.
But beating up on the bad clubs would be a nice sign that things can still turn around.
Predictions? I’m going with 5-2.
Let’s hear yours.