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Celtics, old? What are you talking about?

Apr 2, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

What is it that old people tell you, age is just a state of mind? That’s probably true if we’re talking about vacationing in Fiji and just drinking rum out of a coconut on the beach. I can do that at any age. I would do that at any age.

Professional sports, not so much. Age does matter there. Unless you do what WEEI in Boston did and ask Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge if it matters with these Celtics.

“No.  In fact I feel like our guys are playing as well now as they have played all year.  I think they’re starting to get in even better shape and better focus mentally.  That’s not a concern.”

Ainge is required to say this. He is paid to say a lot of positive things about the team he built, the team assembled for a short championship window that is clearly now closing. Because the Celtics are old, a little slower, a little banged up. Kevin Garnett is not the same fierce defender because his lateral movement is slowed. Ray Allen was cold for much of the year.

This is a team that likely couldn’t get past Atlanta in a seven game series. But it’s not because they are old. Don’t think that.

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