Teams often consider themselves only as good as they were in their last game. But the Celtics are not being encouraged or motivated by their 86-76 victory over the New Jersey Nets, their seventh win in games, last Saturday.
Instead, the Celtics are looking back to Friday's game, a 110-103 loss to the Phoenix Suns.
"It's hard be disappointed with 7-1," guard Ray Allen said after practice Tuesday. "But, obviously, we'd like to be 8-0 right now. That's a standard we set for ourselves. It seemed as though in this break, these last three days, we were all disappointed with the one game that we lost. And that's how we practiced -- like that was the game that we wanted to build on and get better off of. So, that's kind of what we focused on."
Forward Brian Scalabrine (back spasms) missed practice and will likely be out for Wednesdasy night's game and Friday's contest against Atlanta.