Boston Celtics: Distractions and Pressure Beginning to Take Effect on Beantown

March 19th, 2011 by Ryan Cook Leave a reply »

A month to forget for the Boston Celtics.  A time to rejoice for the Chicago Bulls.

There's a common term tossed around the NBA.  It's one that has been present for the past decade; maybe you've heard it?  "These two teams are trading blows like prize-fighters."  It should ring a bell; it's a Kevin Harlan classic.

Sure, it's a cliche.  It's overused in just about every sport.  And the meaning is both vague and taken out of context quite often.  But for Doc Rivers and the Celtics, this simple phrase sums up the Eastern Conference in a nutshell.

It hasn't been a typical time of year for Boston.  March is usually when the Celtics turn their afterburners on, fire up for April, and leave the rest of the league worrying.  Ray Allen refrains from eating cheeseburgers, and life carries on until The Finals.

That same tedious routine has stalled...and has been replaced with a wave of harsh reality.

Currently, the Celtics find themselves in need of resuscitation.  The playoffs are less than a month away.  Injuries aren't a bother, but the latest group ...

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