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Alive and well

Posted by shawn cassidy on February 6, 2012 at 11:40 AM


 

 

Life is too fleeting, it goes too fast. One minute you live it,  the next it is past. A few weeks ago the Celtics laid in the hospital on life support. The coma was far to real to let go. It felt like we were standing over a lifeless body waiting to let go. The player's we once knew started to fall one by one to age, and lack of energy.  Sitting in the waiting room sipping on a cup of coffee, and the thoughts of survival, and life bounce around your head until it wants to jump out of your ears. The battle of letting go, and trying to accept things the way they are, and as you try to let go. The thought of living comes back around. I have hope that the Celtics could get out of this coma state. 

 

Just as the Doctors said all hope is lost. A miracle dashes into  the room like a cat wanting to eat dinner. The arms start  to move, and the eyes open one at a time. Life, something that was gone just a few moments ago, was now giving a smile to millions of people across the world. How could the doctors be so wrong (media)? 

 

This team is just not ready to go peacefully into the night. All things must pass, but when it's time, it will be time. Now is not the time for the Celtics to let go. In basketball terms the Celtics are playing the best basketball in the NBA right now. Only the Heat are playing better basketball.  Defense is a form of life. You fight to protect what you have, and you fight and protect the ones you love. Defense is protecting, and fighting what you have, and you back-up your teammates. The Celtics are only back 5 games from the top spot in the East. I'm not saying the Celtics will catch up, or that they should go for it. What I'm saying is this. Their as good as the top teams when they want to be, and I think the wanting is in the room sitting right beside them.  

 

 Basketball gods give us a break. Cause nothing in life is a piece of cake.The Celtics have been  struck down with bad luck for the past three seasons, and hell even four if you count this years Jeff Green tragic health issue. I count it because it's a sad story for him, but he's moving forward, and he's looking to return next season.  This week is a crucial week. The Celtics are 8-2 in their last ten games, and they have a record of 13-10. If they can beat the Bob kittens who have the worst record in the league, and if they beat the hated Lakers, and move onto Toronto, and take care of them the Celtics will be 16-10. A solid record for this team. Maybe this season will be backwards. The Celtics would usually have a stint in the season were they go 5-9 but much later.  Maybe they got it out of the way? They have to remember what's keeping them alive is young legs. Utilize them while you can in the regular season. Because come playoff time the Celtics should be rested, and back-to-backs are gone. One thing I don't know is that if Danny is the greedy uncle in the waiting room wanting to collect the money, or is he crying his eyes out hoping for life. 



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4 Comments

Reply Franklin
2:03 PM on February 6, 2012 
Wow nice post. Enjoyed. So true. I like your final line also. I hope Danny is crying for life.
Reply paul
6:16 PM on February 6, 2012 
Franklin says...
Wow nice post. Enjoyed. So true. I like your final line also. I hope Danny is crying for life.


Cosign. Such a cool post. Expressive. But Shawn, I don't think the doctors - those saying the Celtics were old and in trouble - were wrong. I think they were right. The Celtics ARE old. What has changed isn't that they are younger. What has happened is that they have achieved a symbiotic relationship with the younger players. You point to this, but I would emphasize this more, and I think it's important that when the playoffs come, if we make it into the playoffs, we should NOT forsake this. We should NOT go back to the play-the-vets-all-the-time approach. The approach we have now, where the young ones are flowing in and out of the lineup, is crucial. Even Rondo seems to be getting a much better substitution pattern where he sits for shorter breathers,

And Rondo remains the key. Pierce put it so well. It's Rondo who makes us contenders. And maybe more than contenders? Bradley was the one who broke the ice between the young players and the grizzled vets. His enthusiastic Honey Badger defense was so brave, and so determined, and so energetic, that the vets HAD to buy into it. Pierce said it right away, that Bradley picked up the old guys, that his energy raised them up. Now it looks like the Big Three have FINALLY begun to take the next logical step; if they could embrace Bradley, surely they could embrace Rondo.

We didn't know what would happen when Rondo came back. I thought he could never blend back in. But we all saw how he tried to buy into the Honey Badger defense and incorporate it into his own defensive style. No one can have missed the fact that he was humble and team-oriented enough to do this. Make no mistake Celtic fans, this is NOT the old, stubborn Rondo. He finally won the team over in the fourth quarter of the Knicks game, and you could see that this new embrace between him and the team continued against Memphis. He and Paul even began running a double point, which I love seeing - the two of them standing above the three point circle like two circling eagles, driving the opposition crazy with worry and anticipation that something bad is about to happen to them.

The next step is for Rondo to score more while still passing. And those who hate Rondo for gambling, you watch how he disrupts the opposition with many of his attacks on the ball. If this team continues to develop, as Garnett indicated they would (calling this team a work in progress), we could become the best team in the league. We still have four of the best players in the league. We still have Doc, the best X and O guy. We have the best bench we've had in years. We have a great blend of vets and young ones. And we still have Rondo. Fans still don't appreciate the guy, but when Rondo is on, he may well be the best player in the league.

We have championship potential. Paul and Rajon need to keep working on playing off each other, and Rondo's got to score more.
Reply jlil89
6:51 PM on February 6, 2012 
Once his wrist is fully healed, you bet Rondo will start sinking those shots. He is only being a cautious shot maker right now because it probably stings just a little and he is aware it is a chancy shot when he is not 100%. So today he chose to set up his team mates with relative ease to rack up points on the boards. I'll take 14 assists any day out of Rondo! So much fun to watch him at his finest art. I loved those dishes to our big guys for cake jams.
Reply paul
8:47 PM on February 6, 2012 
jlil89 says...
Once his wrist is fully healed, you bet Rondo will start sinking those shots. He is only being a cautious shot maker right now because it probably stings just a little and he is aware it is a chancy shot when he is not 100%. So today he chose to set up his team mates with relative ease to rack up points on the boards. I'll take 14 assists any day out of Rondo! So much fun to watch him at his finest art. I loved those dishes to our big guys for cake jams.



I love the assists, but I think you need both. For one thing, a player has to be a credible threat to score in order to draw the defense, which breaks down the defense and leads to passing opportunities. But I think you are right that the wrist is part of it.