I couldn’t find a group photo of the Celtics therefore I chose to use a picture capturing the heart and the captain of the team. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Enough said.
I didn’t realize that I would be writing this so soon. Well, I know for a fact that ever since Rajon Rondo went down ‘cause of ACL, the team would definitely come short this playoffs season. The 2012-2013 season, has never been easy for this team. Let’s start from the offseason when Ray Allen decided to head to South Beach for his run for another ring. For Ray, it was the ring, the championship he seeks for. Okay, I understand that but I’d be lying if I’d say I’m okay with that. Then, here comes the new season where they started as if they weren’t the Boston Celtics who almost went to the NBA Finals. It was shaky The new guys like Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and Jared Sullinger wasn’t able to find their rhythm and the sad reality was that the Celtics itself, wasn’t able to find its identity. But Avery Bradly came in December and they started to post an aggressive and solid defense. However, they’re still below the .500 mark. During their 2nd meeting with the Heat for the season, the biggest change for the Celtics season happened with the announcement of Rajon Rondo’s torn ACL. The guys just found out after the game, after an overtime game to win by 2 against the Heat. The world came crashing with the news of Rondo’s injury. Who would have thought that he had one when during their Atlanta game, he played for the overtime and had his triple double. But that’s life, everything needs to move on. The Celtics then had a good run, 7-0 in their next couple of games. Questions of whether they are better without Rondo surfaced but that didn’t matter to any of them ‘cause they’re all here to win. Jeff Green slowly showed consistency. Paul is Paul being the captain and being ever reliable. KG is known for his defensive play and continuously hit his favorite shots. But injury came after another with Sullinger’s back, torn ACL for Barbosa and here comes the trade deadline with Barbosa and Collins heading to Washington for Jordan Crawford. Then, after a good run here comes losing streaks again. Nothing has ever been consistent with this team, but you know that when they’re backs are against the wall, they would fight for their lives. KG and Paul had their share of injury but luckily Jeff Green, and some of the new guys like Shavik Randolph, White and Terrence William delivers. Despite losing the remaining games of the regular season, they escaped the Heat during the first round but had a tough match against the Knicks; heated rivalry if I could say. The series was never easy, but it was worth watching. Down 0-3 but they were able to comeback. Many believed it could have been the most epic if not the greatest comeback if they were able to push a Game 7. Unfortunately, they didn’t. It was over now. The Knicks move on to the Semis while the Celtics have an early offseason to ponder on crucial matters that will change the entire organization.
When everything was said and done, I am proud of everything that this Celtics team achieved this season. When everyone believed they even couldn’t reach the playoffs, they proved them wrong. Paul and KG were phenomenal. They are the leaders of this team. KG will always be the heart of the team. He played tremendous on that Game 5 victory. He dominated the boards, and played against Father time. The same thing with Paul; he has always been the top option on crunch time shots and he delivers what he can. Credits also to Jason Terry for his dominating OT play on Game 4 and of course, Jeff Green who earned the love and respect from the Celtics nation. These team went on greater heights this season. They do not simply to the talk, but they do the walk. Their fourth quarter run on Game 6 was unbelievable How can you make a 20-0 run? It’s as if they stopped the time, and shot baskets. It was surreal. But they did it. These Celtics team didn’t lose without putting a good fight. This Celtics team has the heart of a champion and won’t just give up even when people already give up on them. I am so proud of them. It maybe a sad farewell game at the Garden for the season, but it makes everyone who watched live, or at home or from some distance, proud of the Celtics team. It makes everyone honored to live in Boston and having these team represent them.
The future is uncertain for everyone. Coach Doc hasn’t confirmed yet if he’ll be coaching next season. Trade talks about Paul and Rondo surfaces again. KG’s retirement is likely to happen. The team can be blown up to start the rebuilding for a new era. Every end of the season it has always been this way but it gets tougher as the captain and the big ticket gets older. Personally, I would want for Paul and KG to comeback next season, HEALTHY. Because Paul has lived, has played his entire career as a Celtics and wished to retire as one as well. I remember him saying that if ever he’ll be traded, he wished to go back as a Celtics, and have a ONE day deal to retire as a Celtic. You see in his eyes how he wished to play for the same organization until the last second of his career. The same thing with KG, I know how much Paul influenced his decision to comeback each season. I know he ain’t getting younger. Physically, it’s getting tiring; emotionally it might be exhausting but mentally, I know he can prevail. But I wish to see him play one more year. Even if he will not finish his contract, just another run; another chance to see if it becomes possible to have another NBA ring. When Rondo gets back and is healthy like he always does, I know they can run again. Rondo learned a lot while he’s out. He had seen the potentials of every player which he might have overlooked when he’s playing. He had learned how the team played and went on without him. He maybe stubborn but he’s a smart player, and I believe if it’s for the team, he’ll adjust and do whatever it takes for another championship. Hopefully as well, we’ll see more of the “national tv” Rondo and diminish the other Rondo in him. If Danny Ainge could pull off and make a deal in having a better backcourt for the bench & a big guy to still have an intimidating post defense like what KG does, then I think we’re good. We could give a shot for another championship run next season.
Another tough season has ended. I cannot believe that in a span of a week, I’m also on early NBA vacation. I’ll be waiting for the next season to arrive. In my heart, I know it’s going to be fast. And I believe that next season, this team will comeback stronger; physically emotionally and mentally ready for the hurdles to come. Being a Celtic means not giving up, and always carry with them the Celtics pride. Number 18 may just be around the corner, and who knows if next season is the right time. For now, have a good rest my dear. Get healthy and be back in shape. Because we’re all going to wait for another fight, we’re going to fight even harder. Needless to say, I’m proud to where we are now, and I’m thankful for a roller coaster season who might not ended the way we wanted it to be, but ended with the Celtics pride written all over it. Be Strong Boston! We’ll see you next season.