This is all emotion talking. Not a lot of in depth analysis tonight. Just need to get this rant off my chest. Take with the appropriate grain of salt.
A lot changes in a game doesn’t it? I was confident (cocky even) this morning and now I’ve never been more frustrated in a Celtics team. I don’t say that lightly. I’ve been covering this team for 13 years and following them since the mid 80’s. There have been better teams and worse teams, but none that set me up and let me down more than this one.
This is a team-wide fail. Players, coaches, management, everyone gets a share in the blame pie because there’s plenty to go around.
This all goes on the Celtics too. I grudgingly give the Bulls a little bit of credit for stepping up to take advantage, but that role could have been played by any playoff team tonight. Boston was the better team all year long. Better coached, more talent 1 through 9, better effort. They didn’t luck into the 1 seed, they were legitimately good this season. But that doesn’t mean jack squat when the playoffs start.
Home court advantage? Gone.
Top seed in the East? Meaningless.
The Celtics are down 2 games to none headed to Chicago with a legit chance of being swept out of the playoffs. That’s atrocious. That’s ridiculous. That’s inexcusable.
There’s still more games to be played and I’ll save my offseason analysis for a later date when I’ve had a chance to calm down some. But my current mood is “TRADE EVERYONE.”
We’re back to banking all our hopes on ping pong balls like some pathetic lottery team.
The front office made it clear that they weren’t ready to go all-in on this season. That was a strategic decision. But that doesn’t change the fact that this team should have performed better.
The Celtics might rally back and win this series. That could happen. If it does, I’ll be ecstatic and relieved. However, it won’t change the fact that they got themselves in this position in the first place and good teams don’t do that.
I love Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart and all their hustle and grit and defensive energy. But I hate losing in the first round and if that happens then this roster needs an overhaul. It might need one regardless.
Nobody really expected a Championship this year, but a lot of us had higher hopes than this.