Not much news today. Seems like the injury to Tony has just sucked the wind out of the entire Celtics Nation. At this point, the team can either pull together or they can fall apart. I expect each of the kids to step up their games and for this team to compete. Perk, Green, Al, Rondo, Powe, Gomes, all of them are capable of stepping up their games. They will be getting the minutes now and Doc needs to let them play. Most of the articles center on the loss of Tony for the rest of the year.
Mark Murphy reports that the Celtics are weighing their options now that their injured list is growing. They have to try to weather the storm until some of the players can return. The next time Tony takes the court will be next season and that seems to have deflated this team more than the loss of Pierce, Wally, or any of the other players has done.
The Globe offers some Raptors thumbnails for tonight's game. It is going to be a challenge. All we can hope for is that they will all play hard and play together.
Shira's Notebook gives the official word that Tony will be out for the rest of the year and will undergo surgery as soon as the swelling goes down. Scal will be evaluated in another week. I love this quote from Tony when his mom was asking for an ambulance.
His mom was concerned about my driving," said Scalabrine. "She was asking for the ambulance. Tony was like, 'No, man, this is better than the ambulance.' It's Scal."
Celtics.com reports that Doc filled in as the tenth man at practice so that they could run through their plays. Maybe the coaches can take turns filling in. No wonder Doc is talking about slowing things down since he has to run through them in practice.
The Patriot Ledger has yet another article discussing the injury to Tony and the fact that we are playing with just 9 players now. It has been a very tough season for us, but we will be a better team for it in the future. Doc has been on the fence, trying to win now when he should have been developing players. Now he has no choice.
The Toronto Star mentions that junk dunks can be costly. Michael Redd went down going in for a showboat dunk that wasn't necessary just as Tony did. Let's just hope that Gerald doesn't suffer the same fate since he seems to do at least a couple of sensational dunks a game. Makes you want to tell the team to settle for layups and jumpers.
The Orlando Sentinel has a good piece on Stars that have reigned supreme in the NBA. The list includes Bill Russell and Larry Bird. When you think of it, both were very unlikely stars and both dominated the sport. Oh for the good old days.
We face the Raptors tonight in a division rivalry. Raptors need the win tonight to stay on top of the division as the Nets are breathing down their necks. They will be motivated. Let's hope the Celtics find simlar motivation and win this one for Tony. Join us on Celtics Green tonight for the Play by Play.
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