It's no secret that in this lockout-shortened NBA season, the Boston Celtics have not lived up to expectations. Normally a lock for a top seed in the playoffs, they currently stand 15-16 and would be the No. 8 seed were the postseason to start today.
The sad truth is that the original Big Three's age is starting to show. The three members are 34, 35 and 36 and are just starting to slow down.
Yet, if sports history has taught us anything, especially with Boston teams, it's that epic comebacks are always possible. The Celtics are still a talented team and when push comes to shove, they could be a force to be reckoned with were they to go on a hot streak.
At the same time, however, as was the case with the Boston Red Sox last year, teams could be subject to things going horribly wrong. Let's have a look at three instances of each, particularly in the case of the Celtics.