2010 NBA Playoffs: Time for Boston Celtics To Put Up or Tap Out

April 17th, 2010 by Matt Chaprales Leave a reply »
Seven months on the hardwood, an uninspired 50 wins, fistfuls of maddening losses and countless wait-til-the-playoffs sound bytes—that about sums up the 2010 Celtics, no?

The team that began the season by bustin’ ass and takin’ names en route to a 23-5 start only to lose its drive, swagger, passion—who really knows?—somewhere along the way is at last where it wants to be: armed and intact for the postseason.

If it’s indeed possible to flip the proverbial switch, the time is now for the Celtics.

We are, after all, talking about a squad that has been the definition of pedestrian since its torrid start—27 up, 27 down, garnished with a recurring touch of indifference.  The way Boston played since Christmas, it’s a surprise David Stern didn’t change the marketing slogan of his league to, “With the exception of its most storied franchise, NBA Cares,” lest he be forced to answer a question with a lie.

But all that matters not now, for the season is new and the one and only thing  the Celtics have said they needed for a run at No. 18—good health&md ...

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