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Recap: Knicks put an end to this miserable season

A season to forget ended at the Garden tonight. I’m thankful because I just can’t take it anymore.

The Celtics played atrocious basketball for 39 minutes. The performance rivaled the worst of the worst in this decade. If Dan Dickau was on this team, Doc Rivers would have played him 44 minutes. The offense was that bad.

But… when trailing by 26 points in the 4th quarter, the never-say-die Celtics went on a run. A 20-0 run over a 4 1/2 minute span to be exact. I’m not sure how they did it, but they did it. Maybe seeing the immature, trash-talking antics by the going-nowhere Knicks was too much to stomach.

Avery Bradley was a huge factor.  He riddled off 10 points and 3 steals during the near-miracle comeback. Where the hell was that effort this series?

But the Celtics eventually resorted to failed hero-ball and the Knicks made some shots to close out the game. At least they made NY  fans shart their drawers one more time.

What can you say about this team? They are old, fundamentally flawed but gutsy as hell. Season ending injuries to Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger and Leandro Barbosa proved too much to overcome.

I’m not in the mood to play the blame game (my god, Paul Pierce was awful) or look ahead to next season (back-up point guard please). There is plenty of time for that.

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  • vitamin d

    I don’t quite want to forget this season. I want to remember the hard times we fought through to get this far given low expectations. We got a resilient bunch, and it’s worth being proud of. Celtic pride.

  • LA Flake

    Well said. I’m glad it’s over, too. This game was the microcosm of this forgettable season. Time to shed some garbage and retool.

  • Lee in Oregon

    They went down fighting, once they woke up. I had been thinking earlier how AB was a wreck and then he turned into AB and led them back. I sincerely hope that’s not the last time we see the Captain & KG in green.

    • LA Flake

      well, if there’s a silver lining to this whole fiasco, it’s that we can now sign AB to a very reasonable extension.

      • Caterpillar from Italy

        Are we sure about that? AB was = 0 throughout the series, except for that 4 and a half minute tonight. Let’s rebuild around Jeff Green.

        • eddysamson

          Thats what he meant by ‘very reasonable’ i think. Because he underpreformed we can sign him for less.

        • LA Flake

          Yeah he sucked in this series but he was also often misused as our primary table setter. He’s still very young and will only get better. I’d offer him something like a 4 year $20-24 million extension.

          As for Jeff, he’s a good player but not a franchise player. Too many holes in his game and I’m not sure if he’ll ever become that “Gimme the ball, I’m taking over” type that Pierce has been. He is a solid piece to the puzzle though.

          Oh yeah, go get Big Al, Danny!

          • +100000 Bradley’s a keeper. Just needs to get back to doing what he does best..

          • John Smith

            Tony Allen would also ‘suck’ if he was asked to play point guard in high pressure situations. AB is an elite man defender on one end and a sport up corner 3 shooter and cutter on the other.

  • Christopher Jones

    I have so many angry, negative things to say. I won’t, though. Go Pacers. Do it for the Hick from French Lick.

  • Bledgreen

    This season was by far the worst since 06-07. Hope kg and the capt stay one more year to make a final run with rondo. Hope the Knicks get crushed by the pacers. I now hate them much more than the heat

  • Caterpillar from Italy

    Thanks anyway, my Celtics.

  • kg215

    I’m still proud of the team though. When they went down 3-0 it was basically over, no team in history had done it. But they kept fighting, and scared the crap out of the Knicks multiple times. Kenyon Martin the assclown made a complete fool of himself, so did J.R. Smith, Melo was actually a lot more calm/smarter than them (never ever thought I would say that about Melo vs anyone). We fell short, but that 17 points in under 2:30 minutes was amazing. I was barely aware it happened until it did. Yeah we got some steals/forced some turnovers but then the score was just shocking we caught up so fast. We were the underdog and just couldn’t pull it out, but the effort was there the results just weren’t.

  • Eddie Allen Powe

    Our old and injury depleted team exposed the Knicks in this series. They don’t even look like an Eastern Conference contender, more of an Eastern-semi’s opponent. As much as I hate Miami, I really really dislike Shumpert, Felton, and Pigeon Boy… Feels weird to end the season so early, last year we were still playing in early June

  • dk

    agree with Chuck—manic depression til the very end–complete no-show embarrassment for 3 1/2 quarters of a game–I was worried they’d come out flat, but this went beyond missed shots, it was literally like watching a varsity vs. jv team–complete no show in all facets of the game–guys weren’t even looking to make basketball plays on certain possessions. And just when I thought they’d lose by 30–bam it was down to 4. I really thought they were going to pull this one out of their ass tonight, just as because of the way this team has been. but ofcourse our old friend, the inabilty to ever get a rebound came back to say hello and the knicks got 2-3 chances to get a basket.
    I guess I’d rather see the team come back–I don’t really see what the alternative is again–I don’t think we’d have any cap space, even if we bought out PP–my understanding is, it’s just tax dollars the team would save–no real cap relief. Heres hoping they can actually find a backup PG and draft another center this year (someone who actually knows how to play basketball)

  • forever_green

    Proud of these Warriors…I look forward to next year…DA go get some better pieces.

  • tvor03

    Man, I had an awesome Facebook status ready to go once we finished our comeback. Now the world will never get to see it.

    At least we went down fighting. We didn’t bend over and take it like the Lakers.

  • Mannie

    Chandler and Kidd are the only Knicks I have respect for. They struggled to beat a depleted Boston team and think they are really good. Bulls, heat or pacers can easily sweep that team.

  • Thanks to all of our dedicated readers. You are by far the best. Thank you for your support through another Celtics season. Proud of this team. After Rondo, Sully & Barbosa went down, we weren’t even supposed to make the playoffs. And layoff of Bradley. Kid needs an entire offseason and training camp, not too mention a PG next to him, and he’ll be better than ever. Ubuntu folks.

    • LA Flake

      you acting like this is the end of or something. It’s the offseason. The fun is just beginning, bro!

      I can’t wait to get into pie fights, call other posters idiots and a-holes and rag on Chuck’s terrible taste for women.


      • LMAO….thx always put things back into perspective for me.


    It’s time to overhaul. Other than Green (I can’t believe I’m saying this)…I haven’t seen anyone that we MUST keep. If KG wants back in, I would keep him too (and same goes for the truth…cause he’s the truth). Our supporting cast needs a BIG time overhaul. Keep TWill and Sully…part with rondo if the return makes sense – while defense wins games, I’m tired of seeing celts teams limited by the fact that most players on the floor can’t create offense. – excellent, excellent job keeping us up to speed on everything throughout the season. Keep up the good work. Thanks for everything.

    • kobe

      Celtics lost this game or this series because of Pierce.

      • JETSON

        He doesn’t need to be a starter. Not only does he deserve a spot on the roster, he will make this team better in any role.

        • kobe

          he can be a spot up shooter, ISO pierce is excruciating to watch.

  • kobe

    Celtics needs to retire Paul Diva Pierce and fire Danny Ainge, if not then expect the same old can’t shoot Celtics next year, get rid of the Jet

    • Mike C


  • Roy Sanchez

    Thank you KG. Thank you pierce. Thank you celtics

  • Mike C

    This season was definitely hard to watch at times, not going to lie. That being said, I’m still damn proud of this team. I love to watch these guys fight back against all odds. I just wish they would make things easier on themselves; like not handing over every 3r quarter. I still can’t imagine this team without Garnett and Pierce. Just dont want to. They both deserve to retire as Celtics whenever they decide. Last…., “For the love of God, can we PLEASE get someone who can REBOUND the ball!!

  • JB

    23 different starting lineups says it all for this season
    Heartwretching end

  • Bledgreen

    Offseason steps
    1. Sign and trade bass abd fab for gortot
    2. Sign peitrius
    3. Trade JET and shav for tayshaun prince (maybe)
    4. Draft Gorgui dieng
    5. Buy out white
    6. Sign Blair
    7. Sign jarret jack

    PG rondo. Jack twills
    SG Bradley. Lee. Jcraw
    SF peirce. Prince. Peitrius
    PF Sully. green. Blair
    C kg. Gortot. Dieng

    Release everyone else

  • Reggie35RIP

    This was a pretty disappointing loss. I was priming myself for a big close game, but the Knicks stayed in front comfortably for the most part. I was really proud of how we came back in the 4th to come within six. Like most people I had pretty much given up hope when we were down by 20. Although at the same time I was a little disappointed that players like AB and Green didn’t play with the same kind of intensity at the start of the game that they did at the end. AB was so passive throughout this whole series, but he finally seemed to find himself in the middle of the 4th quarter run.

    It would have been a bitter defeat if we ended up going down by 20 or more so I’m glad we fought hard to the end and went out with dignity.

    It was always going to be an uphill battle this season after losing so
    many key players so I think we probably did as well as could be expected all
    things considered.

    Looking forward to seeing what happens in the off-season and hopefully we can come back stronger next season.