Ten Games To Watch – #6

Friday, September 18, 2009
By Micah Hart

I’m on vacation this week, but since the pre-sale is on, I thought I’d pre-load some content as we begin the lead-up to the start of training camp by counting down the “Ten Games To Watch” for 2009-10.

#6 at Boston Celtics, Fri. Nov. 13, 2009

The narrative going into this season in the Eastern Conference seems to be that there is a Big Three of Boston, Cleveland, and Orlando, and then The Rest, featuring the Hawks and 11 others fighting for one homecourt spot and some scraps.

Well guess what – I’m here to tell you that I don’t see it, and I think of the three top dogs, Boston is most likely to drop.

Don’t get me wrong. Boston is blessed with a wealth of talent. Paul Pierce is great, Ray Allen is great, Rasheed Wallace is great, and Kevin Garnett is great. But they are also all old, by NBA standards anyway, and as you age you become more susceptible to injuries and wear and tear. I’m not saying they won’t make the playoffs by any means, I just wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them finish the season with less than 50 wins.

The Celtics are still the team I think the Hawks measure themselves by in many ways, and a Friday night date on ESPN will give a national audience a chance to take stock of the two franchises and assess their potential for 09-10.

Match-ups to watch: Al Horford vs Kendrick Perkins always amuses me – I don’t think there’s much love lost there. Really every match-up in this rivalry could be summed up that way – especially this one.

What do you think?

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