It’s Time to Push the Restart Button in Boston

No, I’m not talking about the Patriots.

The Boston Celtics are 4-7 this season and it’s a bad 4-7.  Their wins have come against three lottery-bound teams, the Washington Wizards, the Detroit Pistons and New Jersey Nets.  Their seven losses include wipeouts against the 3-9 New Orleans Hornets, a close loss to the 6-6 New York Knicks, and five losses to likely playoff teams (just for the record, I think the Knicks are a playoff team if ‘Melo heals fast and Baron Davis stays healthy upon his joining the lineup next month).

For most teams, 4-7 isn’t a reason to panic, but the Celtics are old and looks a step or two slow.  Three of their big four, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are in the twilight of their careers, and it looks like the sun is setting on them whenever they take the floor.  These Celtics are a mere shadow of  the 2007-’08 champs and even of 2009-’10 finalists.  They went into this season with question marks and the most optimistic answer now looks like a first round playoff exit.

The smart play is to act while their trade value is still high and many teams are still entertaining playoff dreams.  Once torn down, the Celts may want to entertain a different regime to build the next contender.  Doc Rivers track record suggests that he’s at his best coaching veterans not youngsters.

What lies ahead will likely be painful for fans of this proud franchise, but it will hurt less than watching former champs get their teeth kicked in on a regular basis.

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About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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2 Responses to It’s Time to Push the Restart Button in Boston

  1. All true and all predicted before the season began. They’ve had a long run and will have to go through a rebuilding process like so many other teams have done. They will be back as their storied past suggests, but in the meantime, they’ll get no sympathy from the N.Y. Knicks…

    Nice Post!

  2. jmartin437 says:

    Thanks FF,
    The next one is on the Knicks!

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