Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here…
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying as a good morning dump.
relatively low tone as he headed from the court.
“It doesn’t help when the boos happen, but we’re a group of veterans and
we are a team – a real team. You know, we’re not fair-weather. So when
that occurs we all sort of just get together and say we’ve just got to
grind this out. Through any type of adversity, you grip up and come
together. I think that’s where your bond comes and is very much needed
at that point.”
During last night's debacle, one of my friends texted me the following: "Is this the most hatable Celtics team in the last 10 20, or 30 years?"
I wasn't ready to go that far, until I stumbled across KG's F-U quote in the morning papers.
This team is lazy, brash, arrogant and worst of all – overconfident. Most of the fans recognize it and are justifiably voicing their displeasure.
Those clinging to the "they will just flip-the-switch in the playoffs" are delusional. Teams with .500 records since December don't suddenly win championships. 'Flip-the-switch' teams build momentum late in the season and carry it over into the playoffs.
This Celtics team has acquired too many bad habits and come the playoffs, we'll all realize you can't easily shed those bad habits. And stop with the 'playing out the string' crap. Have you noticed the Celtics are playing now, the same way they played 2 and 3 months ago?
As for the booing, Paul Pierce gets it:
the fans want that effort. When you see the other team beating us to all
the loose balls and we’re turning the ball over, I think that’s the
things they see and they start to boo about. I don’t think it’s about
missed shots and stuff like that.
Thank you Paul for understanding us Celtics fans. Perhaps KG needs to return to Minnesota where he can play half-ass in front of 9 thousand people.
On Page 2, how Nate and Quis nearly won this game.
six late thanks to an offensive spark by two players that previously
could barely get off the bench.
Robinson erupted for a trio of 3-pointers over a 17-second span
while scoring 13 points over 3 minutes, 28 seconds of action in the
fourth quarter, while Marquis
Daniels chipped in 8 points over that same span as the Celtics
closed to within two possessions before an ill-advised foul helped
Washington hang on for the win.
"Well, it wasn’t a surprise, I mean it’s their job — it’s what they
should do," Rivers said of the spark provided by Daniels and Robinson.
"I was more surprised that they could be that effective after sitting
that long and then come in and make shots. That’s always nice to see."
If the Celtics are going to do anything in the playoffs, they will need Nate and Quis. Doc needs to find a way to motivate them, and maybe the recent stretch of DNPs worked.
The rest of the links:
Globe – Celtics get pushed around | Inconsistency has been consistent | Visitors rewrote the ending | Herald – Flip Saunders hip to good and bad Sheed | Cs grasp at straws for answers | ESPN Boston – Rivers puts loss in perspective | CSNNE – Poof! Wiz hand Cs another bad loss | Apathy strikes again | Garnett not happy with boo-birds | WEEI – Doc says judge us in playoffs |