Protect the Garden. Steal a couple on the road. Advance.
much easier said than done.
not only are the celtics by far the worst road team in the eastern conference playoffs, but the only 3 possible teams they can face in the first round (heat, pacers, knicks), all have better home records than the celtics. taking even 1 road game against any 3 of those teams is a high mountain to climb.
Oh, I agree, it's definitely easier said than done.
true enough. but i take hope in the belief that this team is capable of winning one road game against anyone.
to win a championship the celtics must win 16 games in the playoffs. given that there are 4 rounds of best of seven, the celtics could, conceivably, go 16-12 and win a championship.
of those 16 wins, it is possible (unlikely) that they would need to win only TWO road games.
one in the first round, another in the second round. after that they MAY face teams with worse records than themselves.
but more probable is the need to win 4 road games, one in each round.
therefore, if the celtics go 12-0 at home and 4-12 on the road, they win a championship.
4-12 is a .200 winning percentage.
13-25 is their current road record, which is a .341 winning percentage.
so, yes it is not a ridiculous thought that the celtics could win enough on the road to bring home another championship.
now please pass me that glass of green kool-aid.