Found April 11, 2014 on Boston's Bettah:
I want to tell three stories about the 2013-2014 Boston Celtics. Two are so closely related, they are essentially the same story. One story is the night on January 17th, the day that Celtics point-guard Rajon Rondo returned to the Boston Celtics line-up. That was a fun night. It started with Rondo’s cryptic tweet the Monday before the Friday the 17th tip-off: 29,233,380 secs — Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) January 14, 2014   This made his return a mystery. Did that mean that Rondo was coming back? The seconds would have perfectly coincided with the time of his surgery one-year prior and the date of his potential return to the Celtics line-up. Maybe that’s what it meant. Further, how good would Rondo look if he were to return? How many minutes would Rondo play, and further, was his return enough, perhaps, to sneak the Boston Celtics into the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference? The last part of that did not happen. It turns out the early success of the Celtics was rather flukey and they were simply a bad team on its way to the lottery. Rondo did return that night, however, and only played in limited minutes. The build-up to that moment was ripe with anticipation and when he was the last member of the Celtics announced in the starting line-up with the prefix “The Captain” there was certainly still enough surprise in the air that Rondo was named the captain of the Boston Celtics. The team had officially turned over the reigns of the to their still young point-guard, but the closure from the previous era still wasn’t over. That came a week later and is the second story of the Boston Celtics season. The return of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Boston was probably the best moment of the season. EVen from miles away and watching on television, the amount of emotion just streaming from the television was easy to feel. Besides the perfect video tributes and the awesome intros for the two in the pre-game and the absolutely perfect way the game ended – a Kevin Garnett steal to seal the game for Brooklyn – it also highlighted that weird disconnect between the fan-base and this season. Every time Pierce or KG took a shot, the crowd was ready to erupt with excitement to cheer them on. The only problem was, they were still playing for Brooklyn. There wasn’t a moment where Pierce ripped off his black 34 jersey, Doc Rivers came out of the locker room and Paul jumped into his arms and begged him to never leave him again. Nope, the fans were rooting for Brooklyn players because of the connection to those players. Which leads to the final-story of the season. On April 2nd, the Celtics played their last game in Washington for the 2014 season. I live in Washington and was able to secure tickets to the game and I went with my friend Sully. The goal for the night? Have a few beverages, watch a basketball game that was hopefully enjoyable, and head home for the night. At this point in the season, every loss the Celtics could earn was for the benefit of the team in its chase for a top draft pick. Even knowing this, I couldn’t stop cheering. When Rajon Rondo opened the game wearing his signature “big-game” headband, I immediately became excited about the potential for a “headband game”. When Rondo torched a Wizard off the dribble one possession, I cheered as it was simultaneously a great play and yet another reason why the Celtics should never trade Rajon Rondo. When Brad Stevens rolled out a lineup that featured essentially three point-guards, I wondered aloud what Brad Stevens was doing. I couldn’t stop cheering for the Celtics, even though I knew a Wizards win was the best thing that could have happened. Right there, that should tell how much this season sucked. Which is not to say this season did not have positives. Jared Sullinger began his transformation into the poor-man’s Kevin Love, which means if the Celtics lose out on the lottery he will likely be the key piece in any trade. Players like Phil Pressey and Chris Johnson proved they could either be nice role players on a future great team or pieces of a larger trade puzzle. Brad Stevens won over the team and legitimately appears to be a great NBA head-coach. There were positives. But the negatives, OH THE NEGATIVES. The Celtics first pick, Kelly Olynyk, never really put in a singular performance to justify the summer-league hype. Avery Bradley could never stay healthy, and Jeff Green, well Jeff Green could have his own post about everything negative about Jeff Green. Even though the goal of the season essentially was “lose”, it was always hard to root for a loss. To the end, we are still fans of the team. While losing now may be a win for the future, it hurts in the present to watch my basketball team lose. The post Three stories of the Boston Celtics season appeared first on Boston's Bettah - A Boston Sports blog from guys that love Boston sports a little too much.

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