The long-awaited return of Ray Allen to Boston is upon us, and it couldn’t have happened at a worse time for the ailing Celtics. The team is mired in a six-game slump, dropping a double-OT game to the Hawks after jumping out to a huge lead on the road. Doc Rivers is fed up, the fans are disinterested, and this current edition of our Boston Celtics doesn’t have the spark or the consistency to get things done.
What else? Jason Terry is still in a funk, wallowing around in the slop with fellow slumper Brandon Bass. Have the players tuned out Doc? Hard to tell, but it sure looks like Doc has had his fill of what’s currently going on in Beantown.
And now we get Ray, whose jump to Miami looks like the best thing he could have done. He headed for greener pastures, leaving behind a situation that looks more and more dysfunctional, and increasingly grim.
It’s hard to imagine the Celtics winning tomorrow, but stranger things have happened. And it’s hard to think that this will be the turning point for this group, but given the obvious low reached in Atlanta anything is indeed possible.
If the C’s are to win tomorrow, and consistently over the course of the rest of this season, then consistent, urgent effort is needed from the entire team. It’s clear that the Celtics are inferior to the Heat from a purely talent standpoint, so each and every player needs to step up. It has to happen on every possession, offensively and defensively. Otherwise, we’re looking at a blowout game and another reason for Ray to gloat, at least privately.