Quick background: I actually wrote this just after the All Star break - and the bit about things getting hard in the second half of the season seems quasi-prophetic looking back at the West Coast trip. Anyway, here's the opening paragraph:
You would be hard pressed to script a better first half of the season than the one the Celtics played. Training camp was a prologue of camaraderie and Ubuntu. The team stormed from the gates like Henry V attacking the French. Three leading men took turns carrying the load, while supporting characters played their roles flawlessly.