I wanted to see the Miami Heat break the ’71-’72 Lakers winning streak. LeBron James is one of my favorite players (top three) in the league, and I’ve supported his decision to bolt Cleveland and move on to Miami since day one. I’m proud of LeBron and Co. for finally getting the job done last year.
The words above make me out to be something of a pariah in the Boston Celtics online community (globally), and rightfully so, I reckon.
As LeBron James and Dwyane Wade sit out a few games due to some ‘injuries‘ as the playoffs draw near and easily looking like the team to beat, the Celtics are limping in. Tough season for the C’s. There’s no need for a verbose synopsis to describe their plights — you can find an extensive and more articulate one elsewhere if you look.
The Celtics season started off lukewarm, the Celtics went on a 5-6 game winning streak, lost to Doc’s son Austin Rivers and the New Orleans Hornets back in January, then a losing streak ensued. Soon after that, Rajon Rondo tore his ACL, and miraculously the team went on a winning streak — y’know, one of those backs-against-the-wall, us-against-the-world kinda ordeals. The team played as a friggin’ team. Ball movement and defense. It led to wins. Like a movie of a sports team coming together and winning a championship! Ah, reality set in and the team mellowed out.
It’s now early April and it’s simply a Celtic ‘drizzle’. Nothing to get too down (inane negativity has no place here) about and nothing to get too excited about.
The Celtics aren’t going to win a championship this year.
Repeating the above line and its grim reality: The Boston Celtics are not going to win a championship this season.
They aren’t even going to sniff a Larry O’Brien trophy.
C’est la vie. Such is life. The Boston Celtics move forward.
What does this have to do with the arch rivals, the Miami Heat, as of late or in this post? Nothing at all. But it’s a contrast. The team to beat versus the beaten-down team.
Live your life through the windshield; not the rearview mirror. I like that quote, the one in the last sentence. I ignore the aforementioned wisdom often. I look back at 2007-2010 — that time period. The Boston Celtics should have won more than one NBA championship during that tenure. Shoulda, woulda, coulda. Had Garnett not been lost for the season in 2009, the Celtics would have won back-to-back championships and crushed the Lakers for the second year in a row. In 2010, the Celtics accomplished an improbable mission in making it back to the NBA Finals for the second time in three seasons to face the said Lakers. Perkins went down and the team couldn’t rebound from that loss of Perkins! Leading the Lakers and dominating LA for the most part of game 7 of the 2010 Finals, they let off the gas and allowed Pau freakin’ Gasol and Ron Artest to assist the Lakers to the damning Lake Show’s 16th NBA championship.
Again, c’est la vie. Such is life. Coulda, woulda, shoulda.
After the bitter, heartbreaking 2010 NBA Finals that I will never forget for as long as I live, LeBron James entered free agency and found himself a home in South Beach. In February 2011, the Celtics parted ways with Kendrick Perkins, the menacing center that meant so much to that core starting lineup of Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and himself! The Heat stomped the Celtics in the playoffs before losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the Finals.
In 2012, the Celtics nearly did better than they should have. They were one game away from going back to the NBA Finals for the third time in five seasons. Yet LeBron James impelled his Miami Heat squad to win two straight games and eventually the league title against Oklahoma City.
C’est la vie. Coulda, woulda, shoulda.
There’s not much gas left in the collective Celtics vehicle tank. Five years removed from their last title, number 17, and from this vehicle I can’t stop looking through the rearview mirror, reminiscing over and pining for the past, better times and memories of winning.