Boston Celtics: 2014-2015 schedule and story lines, part two

Last week, we did a preliminary run through the first half of the Boston Celtics’ schedule for the 2014-2015 season. This is a completely unscientific guess about how the season will turn out, including some hyperbole about certain games and storylines. So without further ado, here is the second half of the schedule, including some highlights of noteworthy games.

February

20 @ Sacramento – L. The Celtics’ start the second half of the season with a loss to the what has become the most dominant duo in the NBA, Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins.
22 @ Los Angeles Lakers – L
23 @ Phoenix – L
25 vs New York – W. With the Knicks’ season on the verge of collapse, Derek Fisher inserts himself into the starting line up and becomes the first player-coach in the NBA since Dave Cowans during the 1978-1979 season. Not uncoincidentally, the Celtics win.
27 vs Charlotte – L

March

1 vs Golden State – L
3 @ Cleveland – L
4 vs Utah – W. The Celtics get revenge for losing out on the coin flip that gave the Jazz the #5 pick by sweeping the season series. Possibly the highlight of the Celtics’ season.
6 @ New Orleans – L
8 @ Orlando – W
9 @ Miami – L
11 vs Memphis – L
13 vs Orlando – W
14 @ Indiana – L
16 vs Philadelphia – W. The Celtics also sweep the season series with the 76ers. The only way the Celtics would finish this year with a winning record is if, by some terrible disaster, the Celtics, Jazz, 76ers, and Bucks, were the only teams left in the league.
18 @ Oklahoma City – L
20 @ San Antonio – L
22 vs Detroit – W. The other option for a Rondo trade is Detroit, where one of Rondo’s best friends, Josh Smith, resides. In no situation would Rondo and Smith be labeled as a dynamic duo.

Rajon Rondo and Josh Smith

Rajon Rondo and Josh Smith

23 @ Brooklyn – L
25 vs Miami – L
27 @ New York – L
29 vs Los Angeles Clippers – L
30 @ Charlotte – L

April

1 vs Indiana – W
3 vs Milwaukee – W
4 @ Toronto – L
8 @ Detroit – W
10 @ Cleveland – L
12 vs Cleveland – L. With the number one seed secure, LeBron James sits out this game. The Cavs still win by 20 points.
14 vs Toronto – W
15 @ Milwaukee – W. At least they’ll end the season on a positive note.

Final Record: 31 – 51

The good news is the Celtics finished with a better record than last year. The bad news is that the Celtics finished with a better record than last year. Unfortunately, it looks like the Celtics are headed for another season in the middle to late lottery. Their best chance is to trade Rondo as early as possible, which will enable them to lose a few more games and hopefully jump into the top three of the draft.

The silver lining for Celtics’ fans is that the Eastern Conference is full of intriguing storylines and great players. This season, fans will get to witness the downfall of the Pacers, the rise of LeBron James, Kevin Love, and the Cavs, and rookies such as Jabari Parker, Aaron Gordon, and Nerlens Noel, four times throughout the season. It may not be a pretty season, but it should be fun.