Boston Celtics Problems Not Solved by Winning Ugly

February 17th, 2010 by Stew Winkel Leave a reply »
The Boston Celtics returned from the All-Star break needing a win, and they did just that in their first game back, defeating the Kings in Sacramento last night 95-92.  Why then do I not feel any better about this team’s chances?

The Celtics went into the break losers of back-to-back games, against Orlando and then New Orleans.  In both games, the Celtics looked awful in the third quarter and only marginally better in the fourth, being outscored by a combined score of 106-50 after halftime in the two games.

During the break, article after article was written about the Celtics needing a fresh start, about coming back from the All-Star game with new energy, ready to the turn the page, and move on from a disappointing stretch that saw them compile a Knicksian 10-13 record since Christmas Day.

Maybe the articles were right.  Boston did pick up the much-needed win, and winning cures all.

Except, of course, when it doesn’t.

Over the course of a season, there are going to be ugly wins.  But when you are looking for som ...

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