Charting the Demise of the Boston Celtics

January 26th, 2013 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »
They're old. They're slow. They've fallen behind the rest of the teams in their conference. They refreshed their roster this past summer in a desperate attempt to maximize the remaining years of a franchise legend on the wing and an aging Hall of Famer in the middle.

The situation has deteriorated so quickly that there's now talk about trading the one young star with the chops to serve as a cornerstone going forward. They're slipping out of the playoff picture, and the historic weight of their logo has done little (if anything) to ward off the competition this season.

And all this disappointment? It's been a long time coming; the inevitable result of smashing through the glass while trying to pry open a championship window.

No, I'm not talking about the Los Angeles Lakers, though I very easily could be. I'm referring, instead, to the Boston Celtics. 

Yes, those same Celtics who are 20-22, who've dropped their last five in a row and who, somehow, still hold a three-game lead in the race for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. What had been a "three-tear plan" when general manager Danny Ainge first brought Ray Allen and Kev ...

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