Sunday, May 5, 2013

End of the road for the Celtics

The Boston Celtics fell behind early and could not mount a comeback versus the New York Knicks

It's over.

Carmelo Anthony & Co. buried the Celtics early and held on to win the game, 88-80, and advance to the Semifinals. This was Year 6 of Danny Ainge's three-year plan, and frankly, the time has come to put sentimentality aside. These Celtics aren't the quasi contenders that pushed Miami to the brink in the 2011-2012 Conference Finals. And they are even less like the team that came within minutes of a second title versus Los Angeles in 2009-2010. The ferocious defense and physicality are long gone. Boston shoots jump shots now, and when the shots don't fall, they lose. Sure, the Paul Pierce heroics and spurts of all-world Kevin Garnett  defense are nice, but even with All-Star triple-double threat Rajon Rondo in the the lineup, the Celtics were a .465 team. Something needs to happen.

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