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 – “The Celtics go into the All-Star break surrounded by doubts and questions. A 93-85 loss in New Orleans Wednesday served to magnify the problems, as it was the second successive game in which they utterly collapsed for a long stretch of the third quarter. All matchups After the game, the players were talking about regrouping after what will be nearly a week off (the next game is in Sacramento Tuesday). And coach Doc Rivers has been anticipating this road trip ‘because it will tell us who we really are.’ But, judging by recent performances, the Celtics might not want to have their true identity revealed.”
Ron Borges, Boston Herald – “How many rebounds do you grab before the next one is just not all that important? That’s impossible to say, but the once-fierce Celtics, like Wallace and Garnett, have not often looked like sharks lately, especially in the second half. They’ve looked more like chum. The Big If was always the health of Garnett. The team keeps saying his knee is fine. Maybe it is, but something is bothering him. Either that or the ravages of having played 1,094 games the past 14 years averaging 37.3 minutes a game while playing every one as if he was Ray Lewis in the Super Bowl simply wore him out.”
Mark Murphy, Boston Herald – “So Rivers kept his mouth shut after the team’s latest loss – a 93-85 collapse in New Orleans on Wednesday night. Better to let this underachieving group go into the All-Star break in silence than contemplate all that has gone wrong.”
Rich Levine, CSNNE – “For just about two months now, the Celtics have seemingly known the answer to all their problems. It’s just a matter of looking in the mirror! It’s all self-retrospection! According to the team, a quick glance at their reflection will reveal all of their faults. It will inspire reclamation. It will save the season. Really, it’s that easy! Except, clearly, it’s not. Clearly, something’s gone very awry in this self-healing process. Yeah, they might be looking in a mirror, but it’s one of those skinny mirrors they sneak into women’s dressing rooms.”
J. Michael Falgoust, USA Today – “The Celtics started the downturn after a Christmas Day victory against the Orlando Magic, and they haven’t been able to measure up to the best teams in the East since. They’re 0-4 against the Atlanta Hawks, 1-3 against the Magic and 1-0 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who own the best record in the NBA. But that win was the season opener. At this rate of decline, the Celtics could fall deeper in the standings in the second half, with the surging Toronto Raptors five games back. ‘We’re a hard-working group,’Garnett said. ‘We’re going to continue to work. It’s the only way to come out of this.’”
Jessica Camerato, WEEI – “Dressed to Impress: In addition to the game, All-Star Weekend is filled with events that draw the ‘who’s who’ of the NBA. ‘I’m sure everybody’s going to be in their best, probably. I try to dress my best all the time, but I’ll just have fun with it, I guess. I’m definitely big on my appearance but I look forward to just packing and probably taking a long time to pack. I’ll pick out what I want and I’ll probably overpack. I usually do that on the road trips so, so I’m sure with All-Star Weekend I’ll probably overpack.’”