I’m thrilled that the Celtics have won two in a row. I’ll take what I can get. But I’m not fooled. The Celtics haven’t fixed much.
Last night, I staked out my spot at the gym. Right on the treadmill in front of monitor number 3. I hit the start button at the beginning of the first quarter. By the end of the quarter, the Celtics and I looked exactly the same. Worn out. Our shoulders drooped. Our expressions were pained. The difference, of course, is that I’m a 35 year old man who staked out prime couch space and ate two whole pies between Christmas and New Year’s while the Celtics are finely tuned athletes at the absolute pinnacle of their physical well being. Except they’re not at their pinnacle right now. They’re tired. Be it age, too many minutes, a grueling early schedule, or a combination of the three. They’re just not themselves.
I’d be a bit upset of I was a Raptors fan. I thought they were supposed to be more than primarily a jump shooting team. I admit, I don’t get to watch any Toronto hoops other than when they play the Celtics. But they seem to lack a bit of aggressiveness (until Roko Ukic went nuts). I think the Raptors bailed the Celtics out of some tough spots over the past couple of days by settling for jumpers. Maybe you can argue that the Celtics defense made them settle for jumpers… but I don’t think they were trying to do much more than that.
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