Teams have always hated the Boston Celtics because of their history of dominating the NBA landscape. Even when they were going through their struggles before the big three, teams enjoyed pounding them into submission.
These days it doesn't take much for the Celtics to give up the ghost. Red Auerbach must be rolling over in his grave to see the players tarnish the Green of his beloved Celtics.
It is a hard pill to swallow to see Kevin Garnett go meekly into the night with Brandon Jennings woofing in his ear. How about the Memphis Grizzlie D-league call-up Hasheem Thabeet intimidating Perkins, KG, and company.
After the game, Rudy Gay was heard saying he thought the Celtics would put up a better fight.
Last night LeBron said that the Celtics "look bored," like they were waiting for the second season to start.
The Boston Celtics' difficulties go way beyond that. It stems from Doc Rivers' unwillingness to develop his young players because he prefers veterans. It hurts to see the likes of Bill Walker scoring 20 points in New York, when he couldn't even get off the bench in Boston.
Okay, we are talking about New York, but you get my point.
Doc's unwillingness—or inability—to see that he has got to stop this madness has left the younger players frustrated.
Rasheed Wallace has sucked the life out of the team, as well as Kendrick Perkins. Wallace is averaging 20-25 minutes a game, when he hasn't even earned the time. This has led Perkins to play with uncertainty and has disrupted his rhythm.
Marquis "Slowski" Daniels' game does not fit this team, and Tony Allen has not been able to get any significant time on the court because of him. It only adds to the depressive play and state of mind of the team.
The Celtics' vaunted offseason acquisitions have brought nothing but stale air to the team.
The Celtics' mantra is "We are a work in progress; we ain't perfect."
Well, this work in progress is stuck in no-man's land.
They are unwilling to give the younger players more free reign and unwilling to acknowledge that Rondo should be the one leading the team.
It is a travesty to see the old timers drag their carcasses up and down the court while father time extends the ball and chain on their career.
There is still a chance for hope, a chance for redemption. There are two teams who have won championships who have been where this current incarnation of the Celtics are. The 1995 Houston Rockets and Bill Russell's last year in the league.
Celtic Nation can continue to hope this group can somehow become part of that legacy and restore the Celtic name. But reality says that continued denial by the team and its administration would suggest otherwise.