Feb 27, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT
They have All-Star appearances, MVPs, All-NBA marks, franchise records, places in history, and an NBA title.
Yet apparently they still needed to be reminded of cliche platitudes to perform to a level befitting their salary.
Today the Celtics found a new sign in their locker room (via the Boston Globe), that said:
“INDIVIDUALS WIN GAMES BUT TEAMS WIN TITLES.”
Not exactly Ubuntu, is it?
It’s not my intent to pile on the C’s during a tough stretch. It’s just that this team needs more than just a pretty basic reminder of something they already know. This team isn’t comprised of gunners looking to get their own stats. It’s made of All-Stars who may or may not have already passed their prime, and Rajon Rondo.
Their difficulty against the Cavs wasn’t one of individual selfishness, it was a matter of being unable to keep up with a smaller lineup, the same way they struggled against Atlanta and Orlando’s athleticism.
Maybe the sign will work. As I write this, the Celtics are demolishing a Nets team. But then, the Nets play as a team, too. Just not a good enough one. Sound familiar?
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- Nets use 18-0 second-half run to secure Game 3 victory over Hawks 5
- Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle fined $25K for publicly criticizing officials after Game 3 loss to Rockets 10
- PBT Extra: Stephen Curry starting to have his defining playoff moments 8
- Behind 32 points from Kawhi Leonard, Spurs rout Clippers to take 2-1 series lead 13
- The Truth (and Marcin Gortat) will set Washington free, up 3-0 on Toronto after win 8
- James Harden scores 42 points to lead Rockets to Game 3 win, 3-0 series lead over Mavericks 17