(I want this to happen again. Maybe this coming June?)
It was a heart-breaking loss. The toughest loss, I would say, any team has endured during my lifetime. Game 7, after being ahead by 13 points in the second half, against their most-hated rival. Ugh, it doesn’t get any worse than that. (Sorry guys, I didn’t mean to bring it up. I’m currently smacking my head against the computer table. Repeatedly.)
But if you listen to Doc Rivers, the Celtics are coming back hard and with a vengeance. They have a renewed sense of energy that dwindled at times last season. (Andy Katz, ESPN)
But Rivers said he wasn’t going to come back unless he was certain free agents Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were, as well.
“I wasn’t coming back unless they were coming back,” Rivers said. “I was first and I thought that was important for them. We all talked. I can tell you that. I made sure. I knew they had to do their business. And Ray scared me a little bit with the money out there. They had said they were coming back and then you see what everyone was getting.”
Rivers said that at one point after committing to return next season he called Ainge and said, “Oh my gosh, someone is going to come in and blow them away and [Ray's] going to have to say yes.”
“Thank God they want another crack at it — him and Paul,” Rivers said Monday. “In a lot of ways there is a lot of energy on our team. Our team has a lot of energy.”
God damn I love this team. I love them all. Pure warriors, every single one of them. (Except for Regular Season Sheed.) I know the Celtics are hated by a lot of people for their trash-talking ways, but aren’t they also an easy team to love? They play as hard as any team in the NBA, they sacrifice for the good of the team, they don’t get in much legal trouble whatsoever, and they share what seems to be an undying love for each other. I don’t know about fans around the league, but the Celtics are the type of team I want to root for.
By the way, read the article. It’s a really good one. And yeah, I know it’s from yesterday. I’m on vacation in Maryland visiting my girlfriend. It’s a miracle — a miracle! — that I am still waking up at six in the morning to write posts. So give me a break, will ya?