It's time to blow the thing up. No more waiting around or making excuses about injuries and slow starts—the Boston Celtics in their last two games have shown they can no longer compete.
All five starters for the Celtics should be considered available for trade. Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo and Jermaine O'Neal can all go. This might seem like a knee-jerk reaction, but there is a real possibility that the Celtics might not even make it to the playoffs this year.
And that isn't good enough for such a glorious and storied franchise.
The one-point overtime loss on Thursday night at home to the LA Lakers may have made exciting viewing, but it showed once again the frailties of this aging Celtics team.
The C's could not compete against the Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who dominated in the paint with 16 points and 17 rebounds. The once-perceived weakling Pau Gasol helped himself to 25 points, 14 rebounds and the all-important, game-winning block.
The 86-74 loss on Friday to the Toronto Raptors was another terrible performance in a season already packed with too many bad showings. The Celtics' old legs can't stand up to the punishment of back-to-back games.
According to Gary Dzen of the Boston Globe, the Celtics coach Doc Rivers wasn't happy about how the C's performed either: "I thought our execution the whole game was terrible. I thought this was an awful game, except for they won. If we had won it, it would’ve been an awful game that we had won."
The Big Three era has been wonderful—not just for Boston but the whole NBA—but now it's time to say goodbye and move on. The Celtics need to make trades to reignite their stuttering season before the whole thing grinds to a shuddering halt.