As a substitute of elevating Banner 18, the Celtics have opted to wave a white flag.
Boston trails Miami 3-0 throughout the Jap Convention Finals. Sport 4 is in South Florida tonight.
Miami’s airport abbreviation is MIA. The Celtics have been all that in extra all through this sequence. Boston was DOA 10 minutes into Sport 3. By the start of the fourth quarter, it was RIP for this run to the NBA Finals. Afterward, your full basketball universe requested “WTF?”
In 2023, the DNA of the Celtics not consists of profitable championships. It’s been 15 years. This mannequin lacks coronary coronary heart, hustle, and muscle. They’re additional 1998 than 2008. They’ve modified “Ubuntu” with “Oh, not you, too?”
The good news? In keeping with ESPN Analytics, the Celtics nonetheless have a 114% probability to win this sequence.
The motto of these Celtics has morphed from “Unfinished Enterprise” to “Subsequent Query.”
There shall be so many this offseason.
Will the coach be fired? Will they supply Jaylen Brown a max contract? How moderately extra Marcus Sensible can anyone take? Has anyone seen Al Horford?
We slammed the Celtics on this home on Sunday for not backing up Grant Williams’ after he dared to “poke the bear” that’s Jimmy Butler Friday night time time. Everybody else caught up Monday.
After Sport 2, Brown infamously answered “subsequent query” when requested about Williams’ tête-a-tête with Jimmy Buckets.
Nobody trash talked Gabe Vincent Sunday.
But, the undrafted Miami guard outscored Jayson Tatum and Brown combined with 29 components for the victorious and dominant Warmth.
Sunday, after the Celtics had been curb-stomped by the Warmth 128-102, Brown said the loss was “embarrassing” and that the workers let down its “fan base, group,” and “ourselves.”
If he solely was ready to do one factor about it.
Gary Washburn of the Globe tweeted that Brown is “biting his tongue from telling his fact,” “has quite a bit on his thoughts,” and that there are “actual points in that locker room.”
How prolonged will it take for Brown to say he’s a sufferer of systemic oppression?
Brown’s self-castigation rings as gap as he and his teammates.
Something to avoid the sector score.
Brown’s “fact” gained’t ever be confused with Paul Pierce’s.
Neither Brown nor Tatum have met the issue on this sequence. No less than Tatum obtained you proper right here.
In phrases of choke jobs, Brown is trying to surpass the 2023 Bruins all by himself. Brown’s solely “actual difficulty” is that he went a combined 13-for-40 in Video games 2 and three whereas hitting merely 1 of 14 tried 3-pointers. He has been outscored by every Caleb Martin and Vincent on this sequence.
Don’t be shocked if we get a 2023 mannequin of “rooster and beer” shortly. We’ll learn about locker room dysfunction. That the workers was lower up into factions. That Tatum and Brown barely communicated all season. Blah. Blah. Blah.
None of this nice issues is ever reported in precise time. It if was, 1000’s would have saved tens of thousands and thousands backing this workers to win the NBA Finals.
The Celtics misplaced the Finals closing yr, partially, because of they’d been awestruck by being on the an identical courtroom docket with Steph Curry, devoted 100 turnovers, and possessed a evident lack of offensive manufacturing off the bench.
Their effort was under no circumstances questioned, even when their “interior canine” had prolonged since been neutered.
Joe Mazzulla can solely shoulder a number of the blame for this Previous Testomony calamity. The 34-year-old rookie coach went straight from the kiddie pool to the shark tank. The devilish duo of Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley would give the Ghost of Purple Auerbach matches. Don’t blame Clueless Joe for benefiting from the prospect he obtained this season due to Ime Udoka’s boorish habits.
Mazzulla wasn’t as a lot because the part of the job that included having his workers “able to play” in Sport 3 of the Jap Convention Finals when it was in an 0-2 hole.
The NBA is a participant’s league. It has been since Magic Johnson tuned out Paul Westhead 42 years up to now. His commerce request in 1981 resulted in Riley becoming coach of the Lakers.
May Boston be headed for its fourth coach in 4 years? This workers is ailing. Can Nick Nurse be a healer? Ought to they net web page Doc Rivers?
No coach can restore what’s unsuitable with this group.
Within the phrases of Taylor Swift: “It isn’t love. It isn’t hate. It’s simply indifference.”
Eddie Home flat-out said the “Celtics stop on their coach” in the midst of the NBC Sports activities Boston post-mortem Sunday. This workers has an element for quitting on coaches. They did it to Brad Stevens, too.
The state of affairs is so despondent for the Celtics that Magic and Charles Barkley expressed their sympathies.
Can it get any worse?
Magic tweeted it was “time for the Boston Celtics to make main adjustments,” after posting that “I by no means thought I’d see a Boston Celtics group, a franchise with 17 Championships, stop. I do know Celtics followers all around the world should be disgusted and devastated.”
Barkley ripped Boston’s lack of “psychological toughness” and talked about Larry Chicken, Kevin Garnett, Kevin McHale, Pierce and even M.L. Carr (he of the towels) amongst Boston legends who’ve been aggrieved by this workers.
“They’ve the toughness of a flea.”
Sir Charles seen the Biscayne Bay Iceberg at halftime.
““I’m embarrassed for the Celtics,” Barkley said when Boston was shedding by solely 15 components. “The dearth of psychological toughness, it’s embarrassing. That was embarrassing as a Celtics fan.”
After the game, the triumphant Vincent tried to pay the Celtics some respect.
“They’re a extremely good group, a well-coached group. They bought stars. They’re not gonna lay down,” Vincent said on TNT.
Barkley wasn’t having any of it. “Yeah, clearly you didn’t watch the sport tonight. Effectively-coached and don’t lay down? Go take a look at the tape once more.”
No thanks, Chuck.
We’ve seen enough.
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