There will be no sellout crowd to greet the Celtics Saturday in Atlanta. They will look up at thousands of empty seats in Philips Arena — a far cry from Thursday in the Garden when a full house stood for long stretches as the home team came back to defeat Golden State.
What inspiration they draw from beyond the court will be via the numerous New England transplants that will attend and, if the circumstances are right, drown out the Hawks’ supporters.
Mainly, if the Celts want to run their winning streak to 15, they’re going to have to dig deeper inside for motivation against the 3-12 Atlantans. The presence of national television cameras and the defending champion Warriors will not be there to raise their RPM.
The same will be the case Monday when the Celtics roll into Dallas to face a Maverick group floundering at the bottom of the Western Conference — and even to a degree next Wednesday when the C’s conclude the trip in Miami.
And while the odds state the Celtics will be significantly favored in all three games, these are eminently losable outings, as well.
Heck, it was just a week ago Monday that the Celts escaped Atlanta with a 110-107 win, giving up the most points in their 14-game run. So sloppy were they in that
Article source: http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/celtics/2017/11/bulpett_now_celtics_must_stay_hyped_for_more_mundane_part_of_schedule
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