Don’t tell KG the season is over. Under him and Pierce, the C’s are flourishing.
On January 25th, the Celtics blew a 27 point lead to the Atlanta Hawks and lost in overtime to bring their record down to 20-23 on the season, and continuing to wallow in the worst possible spot: not good enough to be a legitimate playoff contender, but not bad enough to to have a good chance at getting a high draft pick. This was also the last game that Rajon Rondo played in. The news broke around halftime on Sunday January 27th that Rondo has torn his ACL and will be done for the season. Many writers and broadcasters were then rushing to the ”blow it up” talk as they would not make it anywhere without their catalyst.Someone forgot to tell the Celtics about it though.
Since losing against Atlanta, the Celtics have gone on a six game winning streak and are right back in the thick of fighting for a playoff spot and adding a sense of excitement around this team again. This could show that Rondo is more expendable than originally thought. With having Pierce and Garnett now undoubtedly the leaders on the court it is much like how they were in 2007-2008 before Rondo became the great player that he is today. The only difference is, Pierce and KG are 5 years older. They are certainly showing they can still play and they can still win.
However, it is not all sunshine and rainbows, as the trade rumors continue to fester involving both KG and Pierce, most notably the LA Clippers showing an interest in both players. The only way that I could see either of these players leaving is if the Celtics get some return that they can not simply pass up such as a young ‘big man’ or some prized draft picks. With the way they’re contracts are structured, KG needs to waive his no-trade clause and you can expect he wouldn’t waive it for just any team, making the likelihood even smaller of a trade. If they can get pieces to get the rebuilding process going right away then by all means trade these guys. I don’t see the value out there though and fully expect both of these guys to be wearing Celtic green for the remainder of the season, and beyond. Don’t know where this run will lead them, but let us enjoy watching these two future Hall of Famers show us what they have left in the tank. Let’s go Celtics.
- Quick congratulations to Kevin Garnett for surpassing 25,000 career points in the NBA against the LA Lakers on Thursday night. Not something you see everyday.
- John Calabro