In as frustrating and disappointing a performance as we’ve seen in some time, the Celtics just could not get things going last night in game six and lost to the 76ers 82-75.
I can be reactionary at times, but I don’t think I’m doing that when I am concerned, not about the Eastern Conference Finals, but about game seven on Saturday night. The Sixers have played the Celtics very tough at the Garden, even though game five ended in a blowout, the Sixers controlled that game for more than a half. Three of the Celtics top six players are injured, whether Felger believes it or not, and it’s a factor. Could the Sixers come in fired up and overwhelm a weary Celtics team? I think they can.
The news yesterday that Avery Bradley is likely done for the season is probably the back-breaker for this team. (Who would’ve thought that in December?) What’s even more depressing is it could take Bradley an entire year to recover from surgery, meaning next season could be completely wiped out for him as well.
Even if the Celtics win on Saturday night, I don’t think the expectations are that they can beat Miami (or even Indiana) any longer. Without Bradley and his defense and energy (and offense?) the Celtics are in trouble. It feels a lot like 2009 right now.
Depressing, I know. Maybe it helps that just a month ago, I was saying that a strong performance in the second round was a reasonable ceiling for this team. That changed with some bounces their way, but has their luck (and health) run out?
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The Red Sox concluded a stretch of 20 games in 20 days with a 6-5 win over the Orioles in Baltimore yesterday afternoon. The Sox are back at .500 for the season, and return home for a series with Tampa starting tomorrow night.
For the Red Sox, 20 lessons learned from 20 games in 20 days – Alex Speier looks at what the Sox have learned about themselves the last three weeks.
Adrian Gonzalez has glove, will travel – Chad Finn is probably the best read when it comes to baseball at Boston.com.
Valentine’s honor roll call – Gordon Edes has Bobby Valentine with some praise for his team.
The Patriots will allow media access to an organized team activity today at Gillette, and Jeff Howe gives you 5 things to watch from the session.
The Patriots agreed to a contract with top pick Chandler Jones yesterday, and Mike Reiss and Mike Rodak are Looking closer at Jones signing.