There are a million theories about what's wrong with the Celtics. So at a time like this, it's generally a good idea to turn to Occam's Razor… which essentially is the theory that the simplest explanation is usually the best one. The simplest explanation when it comes to the Celtics is: They're tired.
Mike and Tommy were talking about it tonight, and I believe them. The guys look tired. They're doing things that tired teams do like miss defensive rotations and settle for jumpers. Hell, KG made one of the prettiest passes you'll ever see to give the Celtics a lead with 1:34 left… and he just calmly walked to the bench.
Where's the stream of F-bombs? Where's the pounding of the chest or emphatic slaps for his teammates?
The fatigue hit the C's again tonight… as they faded again down the stretch. This is no longer a road problem. This is a fatigue problem. 11 points (a season low) in the 4th quarter tonight prove it. And the nearly 40 minutes from Ray Allen and 38 minutes for Paul Pierce aren't going to help. The C's dropped this one tonight 89-85.
- I think Gabe Pruitt showed he should be getting some more minutes. He did make a couple of mistakes, but he clearly played well enough to earn some extra burn.
- How many different ways can we say Eddie House (1-5) and Ray Allen (4-13) are ice cold?
- With 4:17 left in the game, before Ray hit 2 free throws, the only Celtic to score in the 4th was Gabe Pruitt…. and he only had 5 points.
- Rajon Rondo easily got deep into the lane, but never did anything more than dribble out of the paint because of Yao Ming. How about an up-fake or trying to draw a foul?
So that's 3 straight losses… and 6 of 8. Someone get me a drink.
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