Pivot Points: Boston’s Revival Complete, Celtics Have Their Swagger Back

December 16th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
We have heard the whispers of doubt for months. Kevin Garnett is not fully healthy. Ray Allen has lost a step. The Boston Celtics don't play defense with the same intensity of their 2008 championship year.

Well, apparently the Celtics weren't listening, but maybe we should have listened to Paul Pierce when he said that the Boston Celtics were the team to beat in the NBA this season.

Wait a minute, if I'm not mistaken, didn't the Los Angeles Lakers win the title in 2009? And didn't they re-load in their efforts to chase an elusive repeat?

Pierce's theory is the Lakers won the championship by default due to the season-ending injury to Kevin Garnett, and that the Celtics never had a chance to defend their championship won in 2008.

A brash statement from a brash player, but based on Boston's early season performance, it's hard not to put some stock in Pierce's words, because the Celtics have elevated their game to another level.

After two early season hiccups against Atlanta at home and Indiana on the road, the detractors' whispers became roars, and another home loss to Orlando only boosted the decibel level of the doubters.
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