Boston Celtics Continue to Play Down to Level of Competition

By Eric St. Cyr
Boston Celtics
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The Boston Celtics season of oddities and unlikeliness continued on Monday night, as their seven game winning streak ended at the hands of the big bad Charlotte Bobcats on the road in front of all 16 fans in attendance.

Granted, after playing a 63 minute barn-burner in front of a pumped up home crowd and cooling off one of the league’s hottest teams, it’s a bit of a let down to have a quick turn-around and come into an arena where the guy on the PA speaker seemingly has an echo. It’s another weird night for the Celtics, and although they should be exhausted after a triple-overtime effort and a late flight, tonight the Celtics simply looked bored, disinterested, and not present.

The Celtics have been playing down to the level of their competition for years now. It’s an organization that thrives upon the drama of big games, rivalries, and all the extra stuff they show on the jumbo-tron before games. It’s safe to say that the Celtics weren’t too excited about playing the Bobcats tonight, streak or no streak.

It’s an epidemic that occurs on all teams, but the Celtics have simply dug a hole for themselves, they’ve put it upon themselves to make every game mean more then the next one, but that certainly wasn’t the case tonight, or, at least it didn’t seem like this game meant anything to a team that should be heading into All-Star weekend with some form of confidence.

The winning streak masked some issues that became entirely raw and exposed tonight. The minute total for the veterans is still sky-high. Doc Rivers went with the bench to get them through this game for a good portion of the night but in being unable to put the abysmal Bobcats to rest, they were forced to go with the skeletons of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett down the stretch.

It’s a game that will be quickly forgotten but also should be used as an example. When you’re on a winning streak, everyone is going to give you their best night, and that’s exactly what the Celtics got from the Bobcat’s tonight.

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