3. It's Going to Take A Lot for this Team to Lose at Home
Boston has a chance to match the best home start in franchise history by beating the Utah Jazz next Friday and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Jan. 10.
From there, the Celtics host the Houston Rockets (Jan. 13) and Spurs (Jan. 17) before welcoming the Nuggets to Boston on Jan. 19. The Celtics should be able to take care of business ahead of the meeting with Denver, meaning they would face the defending champions with a 20-0 home mark.
Visits from the Los Angeles Clippers (Jan. 27), New Orleans Pelicans (Jan. 29), Indiana Pacers (Jan. 30) and Los Angeles Lakers (Feb. 1) soon follow, and if there was a game the Celtics would drop, you'd have to imagine it comes during that stretch.
But what Boston has shown time and time again this season on its home floor is that it isn't going down without a fight. Thursday's game was a perfect example. Regardless of who the opponent is, erasing a 19-point halftime deficit is hard. Really hard. Especially in a league like the NBA.
The Celtics did that, though. And there's been a lot of emphasis on the atmosphere that's been created at TD Garden this season. Players have really started to take note, even those that are still getting used to the Boston faithful.
A 41-0 showing at home might not be in the cards, but whoever winds up being the team to hand the Celtics their first loss on the Parquet is going to have to go through hell and back to do so.
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