|Posted by shawn cassidy on March 10, 2013 at 3:40 AM|
At midnight a brake has come forth with a light that changes the misfortunes for some. What that light means for you is for you to find out. Which turn will allow the night turn into day. Constructed in ruin.The young thoughtless minds of some Celtics combined with IQ's of the older Celtics have anchored the rallying cry, and the battle field has been set, and nobody is safe with the wounded leprechauns out for blood. They have everyone against them, and it's become the identity of this team, and who wouldn't love this team for that fact.
Jackie MacMullan | ESPNBoston.com
After Rondo's devastating injury, Pierce and Kevin Garnett gathered the team in the locker room and challenged them to do more.
"It could have gone two ways," said Pierce in an interview Friday night. "We could have sulked, got down on ourselves and the team, or we could do what we're doing, which is rally together and use this as an opportunity to step up and prove everybody wrong."
Pierce acknowledged that when local and national pundits declared the Celtics' season doomed, it became a rallying cry in the locker room, with Garnett generating the most noise.
"We heard a lot of stuff after Rondo and Sully went down," Pierce said. "A lot of the guys in here didn't like it. They have too much pride.
"You couldn't help but hear it. All the time. I don't watch a lot of TV, because I don't have time with my kids and all, but it was impossible not to know what was being said. It was all around."
Boston is 14-4 since Rondo's injury, and the debate rages on whether the Celtics could possibly be better without their All-Star point guard.
"We're different," Pierce said. "We're more opportunistic. If you go back to last year, we were struggling with Rondo before the All-Star break. But then we got it together, and we were one game away from the Finals -- with Rondo."
The superb ball movement and renewed defensive commitment since Rondo went down suggests the point guard will need to make some adjustments to his game when he returns next season.
"I don't know what adjustments will be made," Pierce conceded. "I don't know if it will be a change in the coaching philosophy, the offensive style. Who knows? Who knows who is even going to be on this team next year?"
It's hard to pin point why this team is doing so well. I think we covered it from many different angles at this site, but the conclusion seems to be defense, and ball movement with different options. This team would have formed into this team with Rondo. Rondo's a smart guy, he would have found a way. In his absence his team has found a way without him. This team could have given up, and maybe most teams figured they would have after losing the engine. We shouldn't be shocked despite KG, and Paul being in the twilight of their careers. They have the grit, and brains with years of leadership to help them along this journey without Rondo, who carried them since the epic run in 2010. Now it's on them, and it's just something that seems to be a story that has defined the season. The ending could be even stranger then what has transpired all season. But it's still clear, the Big Two has a lot of fight in their hearts.