Most of us are unsure how tonight will go. After the up-and-down nature of Games 1-4, how could we be sure?
But Paul Pierce is confident — mighty confident — in his Celtics. (WEEI)
“We expect to win,” Pierce said. “I don’t know what everybody else expects. Their expectations are far different from ours. I can’t speak for them. We expect to win; we expect to win a championship.”
While Boston’s inconsistent play during the regular season fueled doubts about their chances at Banner No. 18, Pierce reminded folks of an often overlooked accomplishment by the Big Three plus Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins.
“I looked at it the other day, and this starting five has never lost a playoff series,” Pierce said. “We lost to Orlando [last year] without Kevin [Garnett] in the lineup. When Kevin in the lineup, we’re a dangerous team to go along with the way Rondo is emerging, Perk . . . I definitely think this is a core group of guys you can keep around for several more years.”
Several more years, I don’t know. I can certainly look forward to seeing Rondo for several years, and Perk should be a defensive stalwart for many years to come too. But Pierce, Allen, and Garnett? I’m worried they’re sliding down the slippery slope to mediocrity. Hell, Pierce looks like he’s already there.
That said, the Celtics have enough to challenge for a championship this season. I don’t know about next year or two years down the road, but RIGHT NOW Boston has what it takes to contend. A couple weeks ago, I wasn’t sure of that.
Am I as confident as Pierce? No, I’m still not. But I see where he’s coming from, and I’m starting to have a little faith in the C’s. Let’s see if they continue to build that faith tonight.