Saturday , Nov , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Celtics open two-game road trip

(Sports Network) – The Celtics dropped six of their first seven games of the
season and are slowly getting back to form.

Boston ended a three-game losing streak with a victory over Indiana on
Wednesday, then made it two straight wins with Friday’s triumph over Portland.
Head coach Doc Rivers will now take the Boston show on the road to New York
and Charlotte.

It’s up to the usual suspects for the Celtics this season with leading scorer
Paul Pierce doing what he does best. Pierce is averaging 26.7 points per game
and poured in a game-high 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting in a 118-90 win over
the Trail Blazers.

Pierce will try to light it up Saturday night against the New York Knicks from
historic Madison Square Garden. Boston has not won three straight games since
a four-game winning streak from April 12-17, 2005.

The Celtics have a good chance of reaching three straight wins, as they won
three of four games against the Knicks last season and seven of the last nine
meetings overall.

Boston has also won two in a row and four of its last five trips to MSG.

In injury news, Boston backup center Michael Olowokandi is expected to miss
two to four weeks because of a small tear in an abdominal muscle. An MRI on
THursday revealed the magnitude of the injury.

BOS