The Celtics have gotten rid of their morning walkthrough, but that doesn’t mean we have to. Here are a few Celtics links, and maybe even an NBA link or two, to help wake you up and get you focused for the day.
Frank Dell’Apa, Boston Globe – “So, what has caused the Celtics to lose more than they have won since then? Why are they being outscored in crunch time? What caused a third-quarter collapse in a 96-89 loss to Orlando Sunday? Which team is the real Celtics, the one that won 23 of its first 28 games, or the one that has lost seven of 12? ‘Right now, we’re that team that’s playing poorly,’ coach Doc Rivers said yesterday. ‘We need to get back to that team that was 23-5. We were playing terrific basketball, we were playing simple basketball, and we were trusting everything. It really isn’t one glaring thing that we’re not doing. We watched film [yesterday] and there’s so many little things on both ends of the floor. When we need a stop we’re not getting stops, when we need a basket we’re not getting baskets. But it’s not as simple as I just said. It’s execution things, it’s things we know we can do but we haven’t done them. We had a good day [yesterday] and we’ve just got to keep working – one day’s not going to turn anything around.’”
Dan Duggan, Boston Herald – “‘I’m looking forward to this road trip,’ Rivers said yesterday. ‘I think we’ll know a lot about our team. I thought that earlier in the year – that this trip will tell us who we really are.’ What the Celtics are right now is mediocre. They’re 5-7 in their past 12 games and haven’t looked championship-caliber since their win in Orlando on Christmas.”
Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston – “For Louisiana native Glen Davis — who emerged from the training area after Monday’s practice and hollered a celebratory, ‘Who dat!?’ — it’s incredibly divine timing as he will not only return home in time to see the Saints’ parade, but will stay in Louisiana for the All-Star break after Wednesday’s game. Davis seemed a bit subdued talking to the media about the Saints’ win, but noted he “got it all out last night” after watching the game at Ray Allen’s house with teammates and friends. ‘I’ll be down there [Tuesday], celebrate a little more,’ said Davis. ‘I’ll stay there over the break and celebrate even more.’ Davis stressed what the win meant for the state of Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. ‘The Saints did a great job of getting the job done,’ said Davis. ‘Being from there, being a fan, and going through all the ups and downs with the Saints, for them to pull it through and win the Super Bowl, it’s huge, not only for the team, but the state. You really can’t [put it in words], you can’t express it. You have to be from there, have to have a loved one that’s lost something.’”
Zach Lowe, CelticsHub – “So, yes, welcome back the Grand Marquis and all the unique skills he brings—the ball-handling, the knack for making the right off-the-ball-cut, the ability to post up smaller defenders and an uncanny resistance to pump fakes. But don’t expect Boston to suddenly become the Hawks in terms of turnovers. For that to happen, everyone else on the team has to value the ball like Marquis does.”