For the past 12 games the Celtics have shown a Jekyll and Hyde mentality.
On the one hand, they are displaying the championship potential that media pundits had been raving about. But on the other side, the Celtics are morphing into a team that has no idea how to win.
People outside of the organization talk about the injuries/age of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce as the reason behind this recent slump. In reality, it is because the team is transitioning.
With a point guard that other NBA teams envy and a young center that can hold his own, the Celtics have managed to solidify those positions for the next five years.
But, this is not a story about their future, it is a story about the players' present attitudes, indifferences to playing a full game, and their constant chattering about the glory days of 2008.
Rajon Rondo has to find another way to elevate his game; it is evident at times that Pierce and Garnett are weary of carrying the team emotionally.
History has shown that when Rondo is aggressive and focused he takes a lot of pressure off of the "big three."
The Celtics are also dealing with trade rumors involving Ray Allen and Glen Davis. The latest rumors has Ray Allen, J.R. Giddens and Brian Scalabrine in a swap for Antwan Jamison and Caron Butler. If this deal happens the Celtics are almost guaranteed the same result as last year—a second round ouster.
Danny Ainge will make a bold move if one is required, however, he will not make a decision born out of frustration. The most logical move would be to find a taker for Glen Davis and a combination of bench players. That way they can have a show of good faith with Ray Allen and perhaps convince him next year to fill Eddie Houses bench-role of designated shooter.
The players claim that all they need is a mental break, but will those same mental breaks be an issue when they return?
Stay tuned, the second half of the season may just mirror their first half play on the court.