Well people, the HEARTBEAT of America is back! Down at the big house last night, we were all witnesses (Sorry Lebron, love ya' but da' kid has you beat on the phenom out of high school thing). KG was back in the line-up and showed us all what we've been sorely missing: a pulse. As much as Rondo is now the motor on the team, KG is the fuel. Coaches, tv analysts, and fans saw the obvious difference.
Remember back to the Palace on Wednesday? This club looked as lost as a 2nd grader on the concourse of Gillette stadium. They forced it, had no "oomph", no face. Pierce had the blankest of blank stares late in the fourth. He looked like he just saw someone run over by a train.
Thankfully, the list in the good ship Celtic is starting to right itself. It's really simple here. The Celtics have three sure fire Hall of Famers and one seedling candidate, but don't forget that until they all assembled there was, at a minimum, more of a debate of the Big Three Part 2's place in history. All are fantastic, but it is their ability to get it done as a group that propels them ahead. They are not individually able to carry the load at this point in their careers to carry a club for long stretches of games. The good news though is that they were back on the floor last night and looked, and looked like they had been together the whole time. Sure, Ray was 3 for million, KG played 30 minutes, whatever. They had trust on the floor (note Ray's third make to go ahead). The trust was there. Pierce went for 24 on 9 of 14 shooting. He made it look easy. They open it up for each other. They operate smoother.
The litmus test for championship blood is the next half dozen or so games. If they can get their groove on, improve the flow, they have a chance to make the misery of the last ten games look ten seasons ago in the rear view mirror after the All-Star break. They need to build on last night. It was a welcome step back. They ground out a very necessary win last night against a good, well coached, but injury riddled team. If Brandon Roy played, this post might be written in red blood, because that loss would've really stabbed Celtic Nation in the heart. Of course that didn't happen, and so as to not too go Boston doom and gloom here, this morning I am happy. No Felger-itis for me. This team still has a pulse, and it's wearing number 5....UBUNTU!