This is what was written in this space on Dec 20, 2007 …
about the plight of this year’s Boston Celtics and their pseudo transcendent superstar, Kevin Garnett.
Now, 5 months later, as the Celtics enter the 2nd phase of their Conference Semi-finals match-up with the Cavaliers … nothing much has changed, i.e. the team with the best W-L record in the League (this season) is still struggling to score the ball coming down-the-stretch of close games against a quality opponent.
Exactly as Magic Johnson (TNT NBA Analyst) suggested during last night’s national TV broadcast (Game 4) … the Celtics better find an answer to their 4th Quarter problem, i.e. KG scored ZERO points in the final 12 minutes, and fast … because
“Each round you go further in the Playoffs, the team you face gets better … and the Detroit Pistons are sitting there … waiting for the Boston Celtics … knowing how to WIN on the road.”
Yes, sir, this year’s Celtics can get past the lesser version of this year’s Cavaliers … by winning their 4 home games, as the No. 1 Seed in the Eastern Conference, with home-court advantage … but Boston will not advance to the NBA Finals this post-season, if they cannot win a single game at The Palace of Auburn Hills, where the Motor City Zoo Crew play their home games.
The C’s will only get one more chance to solve this riddle … Game 6, in Cleveland … before their 2008 playoffs begin in earnest, vs Detroit.