Lichtenstein: Who Cares Whether Nets’ Win Over Rondo-Less Celtics Was A Statement?

CBS New York

By Steve Lichtenstein
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As “statement games” go, the Nets’ 102-97 victory over Boston last night should probably be declared in a whisper.

The Nets squeaked by the visiting Celtics, who were on the second leg of a back-to-back and minus All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo.  Plus any mid-November statement in an NBA season has to be taken like a result from a current 2016 Presidential poll—it has very little predictive value.

Still, this one was important to the Nets, who now take their 5-2 record to the west coast riding a four-game winning streak.  As a New York sports fan, I relish any win over Boston, even if it’s World Team Tennis.  But more significantly, if the Nets want to accomplish anything this season, they have to defend their home floor, even while many of them are still just getting a feel for the lay of the…

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