The Celtics’ End Comes with A Whimper


Alternate title: “Garnight, sweet Pierce.  May flights of Rondos sing thee to thy Ray.”

PM Funk was PM right.  The Celtics are just too old to compete with the Heat on a daily basis.  We know they had a great start to the season, as usual, but they lost focus and energy, and the beginning of their fall really pre-dated Perkins’ departure – though that certainly exacerbated the situation.

These playoffs shot home the issues.  Defensively the team is still very good, but they commit so much to defense that they hinder their ability to chase defensive rebounds as they over-commit defenders to the strong side of the court.  Then difficulty securing boards leads to a lack of transition scoring, which stifles their ability to get easy points and to get to the free throw line, because in the half court, Pierce is no longer viable option to take over for a quarter at a time.

The only indefensible one on one scoring threat left on the team is Garnett, and he’s only reliable one in five games.  Let’s not forget that Kevin Garnett has been playing NBA basketball since 1995.  He’s the same age as Tim Duncan with an extra 2 years of play under his drawstring.  No wonder the knees are going, and the energy and focus are so off and on.

I ramble.  I ramble because I love.  The Celtics will probably be a very different team next year with no Doc Rivers, no O’Neals, and who knows how many other changes.  They’ll always be my favorite dynasty that wasn’t.  I tip my drink to you KG and the Little Tickets.  Anything is possible.


7 Responses to “The Celtics’ End Comes with A Whimper”

  1. High Above Courtside Says:

    This is the end, beautiful friend
    This is the end, my only friend
    The end of our elaborate plans
    The end of ev’rything that stands
    The end

    No safety or surprise
    The end
    I’ll never look into your eyes again

    Can you picture what will be
    So limitless and free
    Desperately in need of
    some strangers hand
    In a desperate land

    Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain
    And all the children are insane
    All the children are insane
    Waiting for the summer rain
    There’s danger on the edge of town
    Ride the king’s highway
    Weird scenes inside the goldmine
    Ride the highway West baby

    Ride the snake
    Ride the snake
    To the lake
    To the lake

    The ancient lake baby
    The snake is long
    Seven miles
    Ride the snake

    He’s old
    And his skin is cold
    The west is the best
    The west is the best
    Get here and we’ll do the rest

    The blue bus is calling us
    The blue bus is calling us
    Driver, where you taking us?

    The killer awoke before dawn
    He put his boots on
    He took a face from the ancient gallery
    And he walked on down the hall

    He went into the room where his sister lived
    And then he paid a visit to his brother
    And then he walked on down the hall
    And he came to a door
    And he looked inside
    Yes son
    I want to kill you
    Mother, I want to………….

    Come on, baby, take a chance with us
    Come on, baby, take a chance with us
    Come on, baby, take a chance with us
    And meet me at the back of the blue bus

    This is the end, beautiful friend
    This is the end, my only friend
    The end

    It hurts to set you free
    But you’ll never follow me

    The end of laughter and soft lies
    The end of nights we tried to die

    Jim Morrison

    Seasons over see you after the lockout.

  2. pmadavi Says:

    Hurt Rondo was the thing that took this from 7 games to 5. Which is a shame, because I was expecting a tremendous, drawn out battle. Never-the-less, James’s close-out of the series was a jaw dropping display.

    I still think Garnett got robbed on the MVP in 07-08.

    It’s going to be an interesting next season with the Lakers and Celtics both reeling . . . but for now it’s time to see if Luol Deng and Carol Boozer have the stones to help Rose finish things in Atlanta. Otherwise, they’re digging themselves a hole against a rest and prepared Heat team.

    • jpalumbo Says:

      Well Chicago managed the close-out, but they are still in a talent hole (pit, trench, gully, abyss) against Miami. We’ll see what effort and gumption can do.

  3. High Above Courtside Says:

    I said I was done for the year but……word out of Boston is that Rivers is signing a 5 year extension

  4. High Above Courtside Says:

    So if I send you a bottle of tequila, will you start writing again?

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