Boston's got a hard road to hoe

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Boston’s been shrugging off accusations that their problem isn’t a lack of effort but a lack of talent against top teams for months. They’ve said the phrase “these games don’t matter” about a million times in the last month. But if the Celtics want to avoid facing one of the top teams in the first round, they’re going to have to start “trying” or fix their problems, because the road gets hard from here on out.

CelticsHub point out that the Celtics’ next nine opponents are a combines 364-241 (.601 winning percentage) this year. Those nine games? Courtesy of CelticsHub:

3/19: @ Houston (35-31)

3/20: @ Dallas  (46-22)

3/22: @ Utah (44-24)

3/24: vs Denver (46-22)

3/26: vs Sacramento (23-45)

3/28: vs San Antonio (40-26)

3/31: vs Oklahoma City (41-25)

4/2: vs Houston (35-31)

4/4: vs Cleveland (54-15)

That’s an absolutely brutal stretch. When your easiest game is against the rookie of the year? That’s tough.  The three game road trip is nothing to sneeze at with Houston playing their best ball of the season, Dallas being the tiger prowling the cage, and Utah wobbling a bit but always phenomenal at home.

The C’s have a chance to put to rest the rumors of their premature demise as well as make a run for the three seed or better. It’s an important few weeks for a Celtics team that’s struggled this season.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.

Carmelo Anthony drops 21 on Wizards in preseason Friday

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We had an efficient Carmelo Anthony sighting in the preseason.

Anthony and the Knicks went up against the Wizards and ‘Melo hit 10-of-15 shots to score 21 points. He also had four rebounds and four assists.

Derrick Williams had 23 points on 11 shots to lead the Knicks in scoring, and New York won 115-104.