Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Boston Celtics aren’t dead
Forget the funeral because the Boston Celtics aren’t dead.
After losing by a point to the world champion Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday afternoon, the Internet became bombarded with virtual obituaries putting the mighty green-and-white six feet under and out of contention for an NBA Title.
There were many reported causes of death: the Celtics, as a group, were deemed too old; Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, part of the once coveted Big Three, were apparently broken beyond repair, and poor production from supporting pieces such as Glen Davis and Marques Daniels were seen as insurmountable.
Such talk is premature. As their 6-8 record in January shows, Boston has struggled. However, this group, for a couple of reasons, will be dangerous come playoffs.
They get stops. At home or on the road, Coach Doc Rivers’ crew plays excellent defense, giving them a chance to win every game. Like it or not, defensive teams, especially those that can lockdown an opponent in their barn, usually win best of seven playoff rounds.
Sure, getting healthy is important. Remember, Rivers has always done a good job managing his superstars’ minutes and, unless a major injury occurs, Allen, Garnett, and Pierce will be ready for the playoffs. All bumps, bruises, and knocks accumulated during the season won’t be such a factor when the two month, do-or-die playoffs roll in.
Of course, issues exist. Allen is struggling with his shot, Garnett may have lost a step, Pierce’s foot woes could be more serious than we were led to believe, and point guard Rajon Rondo keeps mouthing off.
Despite complications, Boston remains relevant. And the talk of funerals, death, and obituaries seem a little premature.