Have the Celtics Regained the Luck of the Irish?
With the whole country buzzing about St Paddy’s Day this week, it’s not surprising that all eyes are on the NBA’s most Irish-themed team, the Boston Celtics.
Many fans were wondering if they’d be able to still wear their Celtics jerseys with pride on March 17th, or be cowering in a corner sipping green beer while being hazed about their team’s downwards spiral at the most critical time of the year.
Fortunately the Celtics put the brakes on a three-game losing streak with an impressive rout of the Pistons on Monday night, bringing 119-93 victory to the loyal hometown crowd.
“We have been talking and talking. At some point it's time to show some actions," Kevin Garnett told reporters after scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds during the game. With every Celtics playing walking away with points and the team as a whole shooting 62 per cent from the field, it was a far cry from the lackadaisical performance they showed against conference rival-Cavaliers on Sunday.
Admittedly, this latest ‘great victory’ was over the hapless 23-44 Detroit Pistons, but the confidence boost and return to form that it gave the Celtics is not to be underestimated. Paul Pierce showed a renewed aggression that fans have missed, scoring 12 of Boston’s first 16 points to calm fans’ fears about his return from injury. "When Paul is aggressive like he is, there isn't a forward in the world that can guard him," Garnett said after the game. "He sets the tone, not just for the offense, but for the defense as well."
We’ve all heard that the Celtics are getting long in the tooth and some are ready to ship the whole team off to a retirement home, but new-comer Michael Finley, 37, proved that there’s life in the old dogs yet by scoring 15 points and having his best game since he first slipped on his shamrock jersey a month ago.
“It was just good for our team to get a win and get that winning feeling back,” said the optimistic former Spurs player. “It’s always good to win, especially coming off the performance we had in Cleveland. It’s always good to get that winning taste back, to show each other what it takes to win ballgames.”
While they are far from being out of the woods yet and have a long way to go in a short amount of time to be considered a powerhouse in the playoffs, the Celtics at least have some lucky charms heading into their game against Knicks on St Paddy’s Day, when even New Yorkers will be wearing green!