Underachievers: Your 2009-10 Boston Celtics
Posted by bdowd625 on January 11, 2010
So much for winning 70 games this season. The Boston Celtics lost to Atlanta again on Monday night, the latest in a series of embarrassing setbacks to the younger, hungrier Hawks. All the local pundits said this Celtics team was poised to make history this season, possibly eclipsing the 70-win mark and placing itself in the pantheon of the NBA’s all-time great teams. At 26-10 on the season, the math is easy. For Boston to hit the 70-win mark, they’d have to go 44-2 the rest of the way. Sound promising? I didn’t think so. I’d be shocked if they even got to 60 wins at this point.
I’ll admit, the Celts are banged up right now. Marquis Daniels has a thumb issue, rickety old Rasheed Wallace has a foot problem and Kevin Garnett has been sidelined with a bad knee AGAIN. Is it just me, or is this starting to look like the same situation Garnett went through last season? The team says he tweaked it and he needs a week or so off, and before you know it, you’re heading into the playoffs without your fiery team leader. I’m awfully concerned we’re going to get bad news pertaining to Garnett’s knee in the coming weeks.
When you couple those injuries with the fact that the Celts usually put it in cruise control during the regular season, you have the recipe for an underachieving team. I understand that seeding in the playoffs doesn’t matter nearly as much as having a healthy roster, but at some point it’d be nice to see the Celts answer the bell. Boston failed to do that again on Monday night, instead getting its bell rung by a more inspired Hawks squad.