Remember the glory days of the Boston Celtics? No, not the 60’s or 80’s. I’m talking about the 2008 NBA season. The year they reminded people of what a great franchise they once were. They won their 17th NBA title, the first since 1986. But they did it by bringing in two key players the age of 30, but great players nonetheless in Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. And it worked… for a year.
But last year was a disappointment for the Celtics. They lost Kevin Garnett to injury, which included the playoffs. And then going seven games with the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs caused them to be exhausted when they took on the Orlando Magic. And the Magic took advantage, knocking out the Celtics in 7 games to go to the Eastern Conference Finals.
And like I said a few days ago, the Celtics now look old. They blew a chance to prove themselves against the Cavaliers, and now they fall to the five-win…excuse me, now SIX-win New Jersey Nets, 104-96 at the TD Garden. Keyon Dooling hit a jumper to end the 1st quarter and give the Nets a 29-27 lead… And they never trailed again! In Boston! The Celtics couldn’t even retake the lead for the final 3/4ths of the game. And how’s this for sloppiness at home; The Nets shot 41 free throws, making 34 of them, to the Celtics 11. And Boston was only 3-for-19 (.158) from three-point range.
And yes, I concede, they probably played down to their opponent. But they are in no position to be doing that. They are not the top dog in the East. They aren’t even in the top-3 anymore, the Atlanta Hawks have taken their spot behind the Magic and Cavaliers.
Boston has what it takes to be better than this. Just not what it takes to be a real threat in a seven-game series. They need more than a healthy Paul Pierce now. They need a sense of urgency. This isn’t the team that was once excited to get to the playoffs. This is a team that has become bored with the regular season.
And they have no business being bored with the regular season. They were swept by the Atlanta Hawks this year. They have had to deal with injury after injury, and quite frankly, they need as many games as they can get in Boston. They have had nothing but long playoff series where they could not win away from the “Garden”. So this team needs to get their collective heads out of their collective asses before it’s too late.
Actually, I’m pretty sure it’s too late. So instead, just blow the rest of your games, get as high of a draft pick as you can get, and hope for next year. Because sorry Beantown, but this year, at least for the Celtics, is done.