After two overtime wins and a 5-game winning streak, our Boston Celtics traveled to Philly and fell flat on their faces. Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don’t. Tonight, in a game that would have tied the Celtics for the Atlantic Division lead, the C’s just didn’t have their mojo or much of anything else for that matter. The streak is over, the schedule starts to get tougher, and the trade deadline looms with more questions than answers.
One thing is for sure – in talking to Fred Roberts today (Danny Ainge’s good friend, and former BYU and Celtic teammate), there is no question that Ainge has a plan for what’s going to happen next. And it won’t be swayed by one loss to a division rival with potential playoff seeding on the line.
“I’ve known Danny a long time,” Roberts said, “And he’s a very bright guy who’s not afraid to take risks. He has a plan for everything. I’m anxious to see what he does, whenever that happens to be, and I’m confident he’ll do the right thing to get this team back to the top.”
Ainge will no doubt throw this one out the window, as will Doc Rivers and the guys who played this game tonight. Sometimes there’s nothing to be learned from a loss. You simply chalk this down to being exhausted from the win the night before, and you move on and begin to prepare for the next opponent.
Doc knows that better than anyone. Such is the case when your team is running on empty.