A good way for the Boston Celtics to bounce back from a frustrating defeat might be paying a visit to the New Jersey Nets.
Entering the middle contest of three games in three days, the Celtics hope to get back on track and continue their recent success over the Nets on Saturday night.
Boston (34-25) had won four in a row against Indiana, Philadelphia, Miami and Atlanta - all either playoff-bound or contenders in the Eastern Conference - before shooting 37.5 percent in Friday's 84-79 road loss to a Toronto team out of the postseason hunt.
Playing their first of back-to-back-to-back road games and second straight contest without injured guard Ray Allen (sore ankle), the Atlantic Division-leading Celtics could not overcome a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit. Paul Pierce scored 18 points while Kevin Garnett added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Boston, which is fourth in the East, and three games ahead of New York and Philadelphia atop the Atlantic.
"Right now we have a lot to...