Dark times, indeed. You remember all of them, don't you?
At the height of this mania, with all of the worries and trade rumors and losses colliding in one perfect storm, I tried to be a voice of calm and reason while many scrambled for the lifeboats or jumped ship. I urged everyone to remain calm here. Like everyone else I was disappointed in the team's sluggish start, but I emphasized that the team wasn't healthy, that they were losing to great teams, and that the C's were bound to turn it around sooner or later. Until then, all you could do was keep the faith and give them time to round into form. After all, a team that talented just had to start winning some games eventually, right? (cut to Philadelphia Eagles fans wearing "Dream Team" tee-shirts shaking their heads). Thankfully, I didn't have to wait too long for them to prove me right. That night, Boston ended their five game slide, the first in the new Big Three era, by decimating the Toronto Raptors (sans Andrea Bargnani, undoubtedly the team's best player/most potent offensive weapon/new Chris Bosh) 96-73. It was a decisive, feel-good win, a confidence booster that allowed the starters to sit later in the game and get some much needed rest. The only negative was that Rondo went down with a wrist injury, but he was listed as Day-To-Day and wasn't expected to miss much time.
|The Celtics were all smiles after erasing a 27 point|
deficit against the Orlando Magic
Rondo may return tonight, giving the team an added boost against another big three in Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler (also known as the Knicks), who have lost ten of their last twelve games. New York edged Boston in overtime, 106-104, on Christmas Day, but with both teams heading in opposite directions at the moment I like the Celtics' chances of evening the season series. But the Knickerbockers, like the Celtics, are simply too good to keep playing this terribly, so it's only a matter of time before they snap out of their own funk.
|Rondo, who has missed eight games, is a game time decision for tonight's tilt|