What happens when you don’t come prepared to play? You lose, and that’s exactly what happened to our Celtics tonight. In a game overshadowed by the presence of New Orleans Hornets rookie guard Austin Rivers, the Celtics decided to start strong and fade fast, putting up little resistance and finding themselves unable to mount a comeback when it mattered most.
That’s the sound of the Celtics’ six-game winning streak, as it vanishes into thin air.
A game that was there for the taking, a game that the Celtics should have won…
And now the questions will start all over again. Boston can’t handle teams with size and length. Players aren’t playing with intensity and focus on a consistent basis. Jeff Green manages but 4 points, and is again considered a bust. Jared Sullinger scores 4 points and grabs 2 boards, and his struggles against length are front page news again.
I could go on, but in the end it was probably about too much buildup around Doc Rivers and Austin Rivers. Shouldn’t have been that way. No, the main focus for the team, the media, the fans and coaching staff should have been all about the Celtics’ 6-game winning streak, and how important it was to push it to seven.
Instead, the streak is done, and reset to zero.
And the questions start all over once again.