I just can't. And spare me any and all statistics. My eyes tell me the Celtics are playing like crap. Where's the killer instinct, the eye of the tiger? The Celtics took the lead 89-86 with about 8 minutes left, but what transpired over the final minutes left me embarassed to have believed this was/is a championship caliber team. They collectively shit their pants. Some examples:
-KG had two hideous passes which resulted in turnovers and a third which should have been. He looked scared.
-Pierce has no composure. Whether he's elbowing Jamal Tinsley in 2005, running halfway down the court to flash some sort of gang hand gesture to Al Horford, or throwing down his headband and getting a crucial technical foul with the game on the line – he finds a way to implode.
-Ray Allen's 3-pt heave with 13 seconds left was the worst shot selection I've seen all season. He was not open, there was plenty of time left and there was no need for a three. Guess Ray-Ray wanted to be the hero. He seems to think it was a good shot.
With that said, I am 100% confident the Celtics will beat the Hawks in Game 7. (Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m.) But I no longer consider them to be the favorite to win the championship. Right now, they might be the 6th best team left in the playoffs.
And now I've just learned Kobe Bryant has won the MVP award. Anyone else want to piss in my cereal?
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