I often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics after playing the Celtics. Here's a dose of 'enemy chatter' from Philadelphia.
The Celtics have slipped a lot this season. They're still dangerous from night to night, and when you throw in Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo, they have an elite top four players in their lineup and are dangerous on any night.
An NBA title, however, is well outside Boston's grasp. The next domino to fall was going to be the division, and it might as well be the Sixers who take advantage in this truncated season.
It looked for a while like they might run away with the Atlantic, but the schedule got predictably tough and Boston made a predictable run. Which may still finish with the Celtics overtaking the 76ers before the season ends. But don't count on it. This just in from South Philly: Boston's not that good anymore, and the Sixers can stop looking over their shoulders in fear.
Nothing earth-shattering here. The Celtics are not championship caliber, but may still be able to overtake Philly in the Atlantic.
I hate writing Enemy Chatter after disasterous losses. No. Fun.