I know we still have some finals to watch but I felt like writing something as a part of our conclusion to this incredible season of mean and green Celtics basketball. There was so much going on it took my a while to accept that we even had a shot of winning a playoff game. Let's take a quick look at what happened around us.
First of all, "basketball reasons" happened. I thought the Hornets and Lakers were both receiving a fair amount of talent in their trade, but it was shot down. In the next deal, I thought New Orleans got absolutely shafted. I don't care who you are and how closely you follow the league but Eric Gordon and Chris Kaman? Are you serious? Then, the book end to this fiasco was the lottery. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that old man Stern gave the Hornets a nice parting gift as they were finally bought.
I would also like to bring up the dunk contest again, something that definitely needs some work. In fact, I don't think I can name all four guys who were in it off the top of my head, and that's a problem. I expect way better from these players and I certainly except some bigger names in it next year. I could watch Dwight and Nate go at it every year if that's what it comes down to. Most importantly, let's not forget that our Celtics were 15-17 at this point. Let's be honest, it was pretty ugly.
Suddenly, a surge of energy erupts. KG starts playing like he's 28 again. Paul Pierce starts knocking down 3s. Rondo's triple doubles look better and better each time. Is there hope? Do we have a chance? Probably not, but it's sure exciting now.
There was a ton of uncertainty going into round 1, and not because anyone feared the Hawks. The only think that could stop the Celtics was themselves. Atlanta showed some fight but vintage KG was too much, and that's all I can really say about that series. KG dominated. Special thanks to the Hawks owner, love you <3.
Suddenly we're without Avery Bradley. Suddenly, Ray is back. Is he healthy? What about Pierce? Philly gave it a good shot and I may sound overconfident here, but I knew we would beat them. I just did. Too much pride and too much talent.
Then, more anger towards the NBA. Games 1 and 2 in Miami brought out a lot of hatred, especially from Celticsblog. Even after taking games 3 and 4, we wanted game 2 back. After taking a promising 3-2 lead, some of us weren't happy. My views here may not represent everyone's but the series was over in 5.
In all honesty, they over achieved this year. We lost Green, Wilcox, J. O., Pietrus for a while, Pierce early on, Ray at the end, and a Game 2. We deserved better for playing through it all, and now, we wait. That's all we can do. Wait.
If you've made this far I'd like to personally thank you. This is my first time really writing something on this site, but I've been browsing and dropping some comments here and there and felt the need to contribute. Thank you.