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Celtics-Heat Game 7: A fade from green to black

Jun 10, 2012, 3:38 AM EDT

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It’s possible, however remotely, that Miami’s 101-88 win in Game 7 wasn’t the end of the Big 3 era in Boston. It’s not inconceivable that Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers could elect for one more ride. But it doesn’t feel like it. It doesn’t feel like it because of how close this team came to being blown up before the season, during the season, at the deadline. It doesn’t feel like it because of the economic realities and the difficulty in retaining said players at market rates while not squandering their window of opportunity to rebuild around legitimate, motivated talent. But mostly, it doesn’t feel that way because of the look on the Celtics’ faces in the fourth quarter of Games 6 and 7. Last year they could throw out Rondo’s injury, or the way the roster was constructed. But this year is different. This year is a  team they liked, a team they trusted, a team they believed in. And in the fourth quarter of Games 6 and 7, the truth was etched on their faces. Not The Truth, but he truth.

The Heat are just better than they are.

The belief was there, even for three quarters in Game 7. That effort and execution would trump talent. That heart and grit would trump ability. That sheer force of will was more important than strength, speed, and athleticism. But then, as these things do, the reality set in. Santa Claus is not real, there is no gold at the end of the rainbow, and the Miami Heat are a better team than the Celtics.

As much as a Game 7 can prove such things.

So now there’s a whole other world waiting for them, a summer that will deal with free agency for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, with Allen already having speculated about moving on. The Celtics wouldn’t get into the discussion of whether they will finally pull the trigger on the detonation Saturday night, it wasn’t the time. But if this is it, it’s important to note what they leave with.

An NBA championship for Boston, first and foremost, having carried the title back to Beantown when it had been absent for twenty year. Two Finals appearances, a year cut down by an injury to Kevin Garnett, and then, the Big 3 era in Miami. (The Heat have never lost a playoff series in the Big 3 era to Boston. There’s a fun small-sample stat). They brought us Ubuntu, they validated the careers of Allen, Garnett, Pierce. They made Doc Rivers into arguably the best coach in the NBA, certainly the coach most want to play for. They gave us dedication, sacrifice, intensity, and a whole lot of fouls. They resurrected the Lakers rivalry and may have been primarily responsible for “The Decision” and the formation of the Big 3. They were the superteam before there were superteams (apologies to the Spurs).

It was an amazing run.

But the truth is that it’s over.

It’s time to look to the future, to get Rondo some running mates his age (or younger). It’s time to move forward and look for the next great Celtic. It’s time to let go of the past. Because this team gave everything anyone could have asked of them, and it wasn’t enough. The time has come, and Ainge and Rivers know it. They’ve known it for a while, but they chose to believe in miracles. And for a while, this team of over-the-hill veterans made them believe. But at the end of the rope there’s an anchor. It’s time to let go.

There will be a great many questions about this Celtics team going forward and looking back. Were they truly one of the great teams of their time, or is their lone title not enough to justify the hype about them? Were they victims of fate (Garnett’s knee in 2009, Perkins’ knee in 2010) or simply flawed in trying to win with older players in an athletic age? Is Rondo the lone reason they were able to compete for so many years, or are teams unable to win a title with him as the best player? Should the Celtics have made a move sooner? What about the failed deal for David West? The questions will haunt the city and sports talk radio and are worth asking.

But beyond that is a team that deserves to be remembered not as three superstars that came together to win titles. But a team of great players who all bought in to something greater than themselves and came out with a bond greater than that of just teammates. They won together, they lost together, but they fought through everything the league, the world and fate threw at them. They fought to the bitter end. There’s no shame that the Heat were better. There’s only a pride in being another in a long line of great Celtics teams.

And for the city with the most NBA championships, a grateful hand is extended, even as the question is on their lips.

“Where do we go from here to win Banner 18?”

  1. sellahh - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    See the focus on each of their faces? God i love them Celtics even though i grew up cheering for Kobe, Shaq and Pjax threepeat.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      How refreshing: another fan who likes the Lakers and the Celtics, the two most storied franchises in the history of professional basketball.

    • progress2011 - Jun 10, 2012 at 11:08 PM

      The look is not about the intensity or focus about the game, they are collectively asking …” Who Has The Ben-Gay” !!!

  2. badintent - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    Cs are a nursing home of a roster. Send them canes, walkers and a real center that can bang inside, not throw up 18 foot jumps that miss in the 4th quarter. Real men drive the lane in the fourth to get fouled and make 3 point plays or nail FTs to win games. Exhibit A and B Wade and LBJ. Pierce used to do it but too slow and Rondo too busy with making street ball moves. Garnett walks off court without handshakes, no. He walked off the court with 10 minutes to play in game. Bass was a banger, a real man, Time for Garnett to take his show to Europe, home of the Jumper and Trashtalk. He’ll fit right in there.

  3. mungman69 - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    The Celtics finally ran out of gas. They had no push in the fourth quarter. Miami IS a great team with a healthy Bosh. Watch out OKC. Miami in 5.

    • passerby23 - Jun 10, 2012 at 7:07 AM

      Miami is much improved with Bosh, but OKC is playing at a higher level. Thunder in 6.

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:30 AM

      The Celtics big three only went to one NBA finals in five years. Did they run out of gas in those other years as well?

      • source7769 - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:36 AM

        you dont even know what you are talking about do you? they went to 2 finals ,came up short without perkins in the 2nd one , lost to orlando in the ecf without garnett , next time do your homework

      • drewzducks - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM

        2008 and 2010

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM

        Celtics ran into some dubious officiating in 2010. They ran out of gas right after the WON THE NBA TITLE in 2008.

      • jammers11 - Jun 10, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        The Celtics would have gone to many more finals if KG,Allen and Pierce had gotten together a few years earlier. They were already in their 30’s when they came together back in 2008. They only had so many years.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:29 AM

        “Celtics ran into some dubious officiating in 2010…. ” by jimeejohnson.

        Oh…do you mean the time where their legs gave out in Game 7 of that series and could only foul to slow the Lakers down? dude…I’ve seen that 4th quarter a ton of times…Celtics were draggin’ a$$.

  4. xjokerz - Jun 10, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    Good god that was one long dragged out contract about how it’s a good thing the celtics get blown up for next year … No duh … Reminds me of the end of the pistons era …. Ben wallace , sheed, billups left

  5. gmsingh - Jun 10, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    I just wish that if the refs are going to fix the game they would set some kind of record, like sending LeBron to the foul line 40 or 50 times. Then, those of us that feel we are being screwed just by watching the game will at least have something to hang our hats on.

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:28 AM

      Next time watch the game.

      • jamesbmckay - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM

        Yep, LBJ gets 5 fouls in 4 games in Miami (only player with over 3 mins in GM 7 WITHOUT a foul) and gets 13 pfs in 3 games in Boston. Rondo gets raked across the face by Wade with no call with Boston able to go up 107-105 instead of the Heat.

        Maybe you should “watch’ the games and take off your Heat beer goggles. I’ve watched hoops for over 50+ years and NEVER seen a player not get fouls called on him like LBJ in home games. He must be the f’in greatest defensive player in the game all-time otherwise he’d have more than 5 fouls in 4 home games. He is not that good. The refs helped the Heat and there’s no debate about that.

    • progress2011 - Jun 10, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      One second, I’m going to the fridge to get some cheese to go with your “WHINE” !

      • gmsingh - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:22 AM

        This is what’s it’s come to be an American–big business pushing pieces around on a chess board. We saw it in the Wisconsin recall election, and we’ve seen it two years in a row with the Heat magically making it to the NBA Finals. It clearly works, too, because there are certainly enough people that are so abjectly stupid as to think this stuff is in any way fair. Sad.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      no one is fixing anything dude. get your crackpot theories outta here. jezuz…stop making up excuses about how things played out. if you hate Lebron or were rooting for the Celtics, well…sad to say it didnt work out in your favor this time. I’m a Laker fan so i have no horse in the race so dont accuse me of some biased BS. you sir, are a complainer/grouch/doomsdayer/curmudgeon. you mentioning some political topic tells me you are like this in all aspects of your life. get off your pitty-party you little baby and grow up. i’m smackin’ you down because i have seen other posts by you…all of them… ” oh boo hoo…it’s not fair…waa waaa waaaa!” grow a pair, holmes. i’m done.

      • gmsingh - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:41 AM

        You’re entitled to your opinion, however weak it may be. I suppose boxing isn’t fixed either. Like I said, abjectly stupid.

        p.s. Manny Pacquiao called and suggested you needed a little “love tap”.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:58 AM

        oh yeah…and your theories that NBA games are fixed are real sound…ya big baby. hehe.

      • gmsingh - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:04 AM

        Hey, you’re the perfect fan–your IQ is less than the typical NBA score.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:02 AM

        i think not enough air is getting to your head…maybe loosen up your hat, ski mask, pith helmet, or turbin…

      • gmsingh - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:03 AM

        Grow a brain and respond to the points that I made. Or continue to declare intellectual bankruptcy–your choice.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

        ooohhh my choice? thanks dummy. hmmm…how about i continue to serve your broke arse how your a fool? sound good. HAHAHAHA!

    • nard100 - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      How Pierce doing his best lineback imitation to make up his lack of athleticism. Literally throwing shoulders into people he knew he couldn’t outrun. There was a fix alright and it’s what let Boston get as far as they did. Celtics fans should be grateful that old slow team was Allowed to get it to seven. And no, I’m not a Miami fan.

  6. seanb20124 - Jun 10, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Garnett should goto the Heat

    • yankeehatersaredelusional - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      Kevin Garnett Joining the heat is as likely as you rooting for the team in your city instead of jumping on the heat bandwagon

    • scalfor3 - Jun 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      yeah he’ll totally play for the pennies you can offer him…

      /eye roll

  7. cantonbound13 - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    OKC in 5!

  8. truthhurtstoo - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    It will be 20+ more year before the celts win. The superior HEAT owns the East. Enjoy your crow celts fans.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      The Heat own the east because Derrick Rose got injured. Otherwise, they own nothing.

      • 20dollardinners - Jun 10, 2012 at 6:43 PM

        I want to agree but the Heat had no problem with the Bulls last year. I think it would be interesting to have seen this matchup in the playoffs. I don’t feel that great about the Boozer or Deng or Rip. They are a good, deep team – like the Spurs, but I don’t believe in the athleticism and talent of their top 4. Not in a 7 game series.

    • 1historian - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      “It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that ring!”

      The tally so far is 17-1, cupcake – try THAT one.

      • bozosforall - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM

        Most of those titles when there were only eight teams in the NBA…but don’t let that stop you from bragging about titles that you both never witnessed nor were won in an era that was very competitive.

  9. truthhurtstoo - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    gmsingh… you need to learn the rules of basketball. Don’t envy Lebron and Wades greatness in driving the lane. I know you don’t see it watching the creakers but it is part of their greatness. The refs had nothing to do with lack of youth and talent.

    You didn’t belong on the same floor with the HEAT.

    • hmax13 - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      “You didn’t belong on the same floor with the HEAT.”

      The HEAT had to force a game 7.

      Don’t be ingnorant

    • scalfor3 - Jun 10, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      the “creakers” took your supposedly invincible heat to 7 games despite being very banged up. they certainly belonged on the same floor

      • ss3walkman - Jun 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        Exactly! Pushed them to game 7 with a banged up roster!

        I hope they’ll resign Garnett and Allen. I mean they do have to get younger but what’s wrong giving them reduced contracts and having them as 6, 7 man off the bench? That way when they pull their starting units off the floor they still have an experienced core to keep the game intact? Cause that was one of Boston’s flaws, their bench scoring.

      • scalfor3 - Jun 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        i’d love to have them back, but i doubt if its happening. i dont think they’ll take the kind of pay cut it would take to keep them and start adding pieces to rebuild around rondo

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      truth meant the New Yawkers.

    • gmsingh - Jun 11, 2012 at 7:23 AM

      Like I said, abjectly stupid. You’re being played and you’re too dumb to see it.

  10. magicbucs - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Well written Matt. Much respect to the Cs. I give respect to the heat fans in the crowd that gave the Cs big 3 an ovation as the checked out the game.

  11. iainrwb - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Wasn’t there an article on how there isn’t a better team out of Boston and Miami? WHO DO I BELIEVE?!?!

  12. mrpigs - Jun 10, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    They went to 2 knightrider u idiot, lost in 7 to the lakers, 3 conf championship series, and a world championship. I’d say that’s a run u jabroni

  13. thenmoveback - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Great series by 2 really good teams. Heat just outplayed them even with the whistle happy refs slowing the game down for the celtics.

  14. rodge1 - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    As much as I hate KG, I’ll give it up to Boston’s Big-3. They were great together and now with Rondo becoming better they have someone to build around… Go Heat

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      KG will never change from his sore loser self, but Rondo might have a chance to be a gracious loser with dignity and humility, like Ray Allen and the rest of the players who shook hands after the game. Rondo could be as big a loser as KG if he keeps blaming the refs for his inconsistent, bone head moves.

    • redblue560 - Jun 10, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      Agree… the celtics team should be a model of inspiration for being motivated to play thru adversaries but sometimes I doubt it. They can have full of energy one day and next game, fall flat on their backs, look like a lazy team committing a lot of turnovers just getting thru the motion to get it over with. Maybe their age, their injuries, who knows really what.

      But what is definitely a weakness is the celtics never had a good bench that could contend when the star players get rest. Even during the time of Larry Bird. I believe there was even a time when the team was on a bus, Larry Bird looked out the window and saw a bench that says for hire (meaning for advertisement), he yelled out to the coach, ” we should hire that bench ” pointing to the bench outside.

      Rajon Rondo may have been playing good but sometimes, you wonder what was he thinking.
      I don’t keep stats but I seem to count, for every 8 or 10 plays he makes, there is one move that causes a turnover because a player was not prepared for what he is going to do. The receiver of his pass is not in a position to have good ball control and make a high percentage shot attempt.
      You don’t see that from Parker, Westbrook (no matter how much he looks like a ball hog or competing with Durant to be the team star player), Nash, Kidd.

      I hope the Celtics can retain and add talent to this team for another run, better conditioning this off-season and for Rondo to grow up a little more. The Pacers improve the team talent and team chemistry how they play together. The Bulls to have a healthy Dereck Rose and to add talent. It became obvious that no Rose, no Noah, the bulls just do not have a team leader to hold this team competitive. For the Sixers, the core team is there, just a little more teamwork and smart play.

      Miami on the otherhand cannot just rely on their big 3. They are as troubled as the celtics team with no bench, the only difference is their big 3 is younger. How will they do well against a younger and a more athletic OKC with a bench that can hold their own. Will see in a few days. Are we hearing hints of admissions that they planned to come together to Miami for this kind of wins to get a championship ? Hmm. Sooner or later, someone will slip up to what everyone suspects and NBA basketball will loose. OKC championship might just be the opposite. Built from obscurity with virtually unknown players in 3 years to a championship team.

  15. danfrommv - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    As a Lakers fan since the 70s, I hate the Celtics. But I have to give respect to how gritty this team was during this year’s run. I found myself rooting for the Celtics against the punk-ass Heat.

    Either way I want OKC to mop the floor with the Heat. I hope Perkins puts Bosh on the floor twice every game.

  16. andyhr17 - Jun 10, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Great five year run by the Celtics but all good things eventually come to an end. As much as I’d like to see the Big 4 together next year it’s probably better to start rebuilding before it’s too late (Bird, McHale, Parrish years that went on too long). Hand the team over to Rondo, keep Pierce, and add young, athletic talent around them . The Celtics won’t be in the championship picture for a few years, but they’ll be back.

  17. infectorman - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Congrats to the Heat. Out with the old and in with the new.
    Not unlike the Pistons of the late 80’s, they had to battle it out with the more established team to fight their way to the ultimate prize. Hopefully, they break though this year
    Good luck in the finals.

    Farewell to the Big 3v2. It was a pleasure to watch!!
    we need more young legs!


    • andyhr17 - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Big 3 v2? Usually when you do it first you’re v1.

      • infectorman - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM

        Bird Parish and McHale.
        Guess you’re not from Boston…

      • andyhr17 - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:43 PM

        My bad, I misread it as a comment about Miami’s Trio.

  18. mungman69 - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Once the Heat got healthy they blew Boston out. Wasn’t even close.

    • scalfor3 - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      1: it was tied going into the fourth quarter. heat went on a great run at the end to clinch it

      2: the heat got healthy. the C’s never did. ray allen and pierce were both way less than 100% and we didnt have bradley.

      you guys earned the win but dont kid yourself, it wasn’t easy. don’t be an ass about it

    • 1historian - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Once the Heat played TOGETHER they blew Boston out.

      And it WAS close – it took 7 games.

      That’s what all non-Heat fans (like me) are scared of – if that team plays up to its potential they are scary.

    • andyhr17 - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      Normally when it goes down to the final quarter of a game 7, it’s considered close.

    • bigbamboom1 - Jun 10, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      What on earth were you watching? The Celtics could have won this series in 4 straight (games 2-6). It took Miami an overtime miracle in game 2 to put this team away. Otherwise there wouldn’t have been a game 7. I applaud the young guns from the Heat, who showed heart and guts to finally pull this series out. The Celtics took them to the mat. And the Heat got up and fought back. Blowout? Give me a break!

  19. killerbones - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    THERE’S NO SANTA?!?!?!

  20. bigbamboom1 - Jun 10, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Over? As Skip Bayless would say, Are you kidding me! The Celtics came within 5 minutes of beating Miami in GAME 7 of the Eastern Finals. They actually should have won game 2 with a historic performance by Rajon Rondo. They are crazy to dismantle “The Big 3”. JUst reload it and add a few missing pieces and they are good to go.
    1. The new “Big 3” should be Rondo, Garnett and Pierce.
    2. Let Ray move on. He has been a terrific Celt! But it is time for Rondo to take it to the next level, as he demonstrated he can do in the Miami series. Bradley is better. Pietrus is a better defender. And they can find or develop another “marksman”.
    3. Resign KG at all costs!
    4. Continue to develop the young front court talent (Jujuan, Steamer, Bass, Holland, Pietrus)
    5. Take a leap of faith and sign Greg Oden as a free agent. Team him with KG at Center. TThey may get lucky with Oden (post injury) like they did with Bill Walton. If Oden can go for 20-24 minutes a game, the Celts would have the best Center combo in the NBA. And he wouldn’t even cost them a draft choice.
    6. Hope and pray Jeff Green is good to go. If not draft his replacement. This year’s draft is loaded at that position. And many quality options will be available when the Celt’s select. In fact, the Celtics should load up in the draft with athletic young flyers who Doc can transform into great defenders. And turn them loose with the second unit. It would extend KG and Pierce’s careers by at least 2-3 more years, ala San Antonio.
    7. Chris Kaman is a youngish, big bruiser of a 7′ free agent Center in New Orleans. He fits what the Celts like to do perfectly. Plus he can shoot the short jumper. Grab him quick in case they can’t get Oden. “Nawlin’s” will lock & load on AD from KY.

    My point is the Celtics are really only 1-2 quality free agents and 2-3 quality draft choices from being right back in the hunt next year. There is no need to blow up the nucleus! Make it better by taking Rondo all the way to bright. And adding peices that can help him dominate a game.They just need to reinforce areas with young talent that gives KG and Pierce quality rest (ala San Antonio) and allow them to match up with the young legs of Chicago, Philly, OKC, Pacers, and elsewhere. They already have some of those pieces on the team. Hence the need to take a flyer on Oden or steal Kaman.

  21. jamesbmckay - Jun 10, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Hey Moore…do yourself a favor and write with all the info this article needs and not just your stupid opinions. How about these facts – Bradley being out, Green never playing a game all season, Wilcox’s season ending due to injury, and JO losing his season. Let’s take 4 Heat players out and they are out in the first round. Where’s the mention in your article about these injured players not even getting a chance to play???????? FU and all the idiots that say “blow up the team because they’ve had their run”. Add Green, Wilcox, our 2 first round picks (maybe combine to move up), maybe a FA and Bradley with Ray Allen being the sixth man and our bench is better and we can compete with any team in the league. That’s a mix of youth and experience for a group that everyone said was “too old” and that the Heat “would sweep” but they came within 8 mins (or less if LBJ misses that 3 at 88-84) and the Celtics are right there. The Heat were some bad calls (Wade’s rake of Rondo’s face and the bogus early calls on KG yesterday) from being the team eliminated. I guess you’re nothing more than another biased Heat reporter and fan. Good luck with that…OKC in 5 and no ring EVER for LBJ!!!

    • progress2011 - Jun 10, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      1. The players you mention are role players, if that broke your season, you never stood a chance
      2. All you Boston fans, point to one foul on Rondo that wasn’t called. If one play ended your playoff run, you never had a stategy.
      3. The fact is, your core players are past their prime….PERIOD

      But….I say run with your roster. The Bulls, Indiana and even the Hawks will beat them. You need not worry about Miami.

      • jamesbmckay - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:56 AM

        Bradley was a starter Mr. Know-it-all. And a top league defender. The others were role players with Wilcox 6’10” and Green 6’9″ which would have helped our poor rebounding and Green would have spelled PP. If your Heat are so f’in good and we’re so old and “past our prime” then why did it take 7 games to beat us???? Ibet you weren’t spouting off when you were down 3-2 were you mouth?

        I’ll take my Celtics team any-day over your ego-maniac individuals. I used to love Wade but he’s an ass now after hanging around LBJ. And yes a clear foul on RR changed that game as there was less than a minute left or so in OT. If the foul’s called then LBJ doesn’t get his 45 and glory game as the series would have been over (4-1). We had a strategy (proper spelling) and it got us to within 8 mins of the Finals. We were missing a starter (Bradley) and you got yours back (Bosh). We’ll live with the loss and be proud of our team, but at least we aren’t Heat fans…5, 6, 7 championships…win one first then spout off.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:56 AM

        pay no mind to the self-loathing Mr. Progress2011 as he is the official village idiot here at PBT. Oh, don’t bother rationalzing with him as he only comments to hate on other teams…also, he has no team (as mentioned by him) so he does not root for anybody and can’t truly grasp and understand what real fans go through…

      • progress2011 - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:11 AM


        To think Bradley is really ready for the big leagues, with a partial year of playing a starting role…then you further compound the silliness by comparing Bradleys absence to the absence of a proven All-Star in Bosh….This sir confirms you have ZERO clue about talent.

        All your woulda, coulda, shoulda mombo-jumbo is RUBBISH. You can add to that, if Boston didn’t have a team full of geriatrics and are washed-up.

        Again, I encourage you to contact the Celtic front office and plead with them to roll out those Old Scrubs again….so dey can get thrashed again cuz (spell check that dork).

        As for you…The Fly, you historically think with emotion, no facts…just raw emotion. I have enjoyed shreading your posts as well….now go cry in the corner with the other dorks !!!

        Keep Whining….I got BUCKETS of salt.

      • jamesbmckay - Jun 12, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        Bradley is highly considered one of the top on ball defenders and every one in the NBA and watching knows that. He’s a starter because he earned it after showing his talent while RA was out. I’ve played and watched enough hoops to understand talent and his talent is apparent when opposing guards bitch about his level of coverage. LoungeFly has it right about you so I will no longer reply to someone that only spouts hate and made up bulls**t to annoy others. My team has 18 banners and yours has how many??? If it’s the Heat it’s one. If it’s not the Heat and you’re obviuously not a Celtic fan then why the f**k are you on here??? Go write on blogs for a-holes where your kind is always welcome. Go Cs…

  22. ceschatz - Jun 10, 2012 at 11:44 PM


    Thank you, you are making this run that much better.

    A Heat Fan

  23. bozosforall - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Look at all of the Boston fans in denial. CHOKE CITY = Boston

    • jamesbmckay - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:01 AM

      Who’e in denial? We lost. Thought your team was supposed to sweep? That was the choke.

      • bozosforall - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:35 AM

        My team? The choke was being up 3-2 and then losing. Boston = CHOKE CITY. Put it in Wikipedia for all time.

  24. loungefly74 - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Standing ovation for the Celtics. Since pulling off those great trade/sign moves 5 years ago, the Celtics should be proud and have nothing to be ashamed about. They brought bacy relevancy to Boston and made them a powerhouse.
    If the C’s do decide to break it up, I have no doubt that franchise will be back. Some franchises such as the C’s and Lakers always find a way to stay in the limelight.

    • progress2011 - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Ummmm….maggott fly,

      It’s not a coincidence they “find a way to stay in the limelight” ….they simply outspend everybody. The lakers and the celtics are the Yankee’s of Basketball.

      They have deep pockets (aka 2 of the biggest market teams) so they buy players legitimately. When that doesn’t work, they buy players under the table….because how the lakers acquired Pau Gasol for pennies on the dollar, is still a mystery to EVERYONE….that isn’t impressed with the bright lights of the bankrupt state of Cali.

      Again, your posts are purely emotional and that of a blinded FANATIC ! I bet you are one of those fools that paint your body and run around shirtless, making a bafoon of yourself….ahahahaa

      If you are grown….grow-up !!

      • loungefly74 - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM

        progress2011 (how ironic the name is)…you fool, any team can spend as much as they want (example Mavericks), its up to the owner. you and your idiotic crackpot theories of corruption show that you are a lunatic, ya big baby. you dont even have a team so your point is never valid, youre a complainer and grumpy little baby. ya baby. how about you give credit that those organizations know how to manage…but no…not you, ya big baby.

  25. progress2011 - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    FLY……The maggotts have eaten what little brain you had !

    You propose, “any team can spend as much as they want” !

    So, in your fantasy world…..people, companies or in this case NBA owners can just write checks, as long as checks are in the check book…….regardless, if money is in the bank or not !


    Bostons player Salary – $79,870,236.00

    Lakers – $86,043,603.00


    Wizards – $60,655,827.00

    New Orleans- $64,633,921.00

    So your suggestion is, the Wizards and New Orleans can just stroke checks for the other 20 MILLION PLUS !!!

    What do you think all the negotiations were about, in the off season.


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