I have been busy working on the Carnival of the NBA which will be posted here on Monday so haven't had much time to do links and articles. Today is the day that the streak ends. I feel it. There is an article on Tufts Daily that says that all things good and bad for the Celtics end at 16. The championships ended with 16 twenty one years ago. So tonight, the losing streak ends at 16 in spite of Pierce's set back and Wally's third sprained ankle and Perk's plantar fasciitis and Doc's coaching.
Speaking of Doc's coaching, Steve Bulpett has an article that tells us that Doc is hoping to stick around and see this team through to the hopeful end of a championship run. The problem I have with this is that I see Doc's coaching as part of the problem and I don't see the team making significant progress with Doc as the coach.
The Herald Notebook has a medical update on Pierce and Wally. Pierce was released from the hospital yesterday but there is no timetable for his return. Wally is back on the shelf with his 3rd ankle sprain. If it wasn't for bad luck, this team would have no luck at all. This article also mentions that Scal has been hitting his shots and that is good news because he is going to shoot them whether he makes them or not.
Jeff Goodman has a piece in the Herald about Durant and the case he is making for being the first pick instead of the second. He then runs down the consolation prizes expected to be taken after Oden and Durant.
Shira Springer reports that other teams are motivated to play their best against the Celtics so as not to be remembered as the team that lost to the Celtics to end their record setting streak. This is going to make it harder and harder for the Celtics to pull out a win. This is compounded by the fact that with each loss, the Celtics become more and more frustrated and will be tighter at the end of games and their play will deteriorate as each player tries to do too much to win the game.
SignOnSanDiego reminds us that our current plight didn't happen overnight but it is the result of a long tale of woe starting with the deaths of Len Bias and Reggie Lewis and continuing through the Tim Duncan tank job and Rick Pitino's disastrous reign. With all that bad luck and bad management, it will take a few years of good management and good luck to right this ship. With all the injuries this season, you could consider this season bad luck or good luck, depending on the results of the draft.
Wave3 has a good story on Rondo. The more I read about this kid the more I like him. He is clearly our PG of the future as he just has the tools and court sense you can't teach a player. He has moved to the head of the do not trade list in my opinion.
Yahoo Sports has a good article on Pistol Pete Maravich who has always been one of my heros. One of the biggest tragedies in this league is that he retired from the Celtics the season they won a championship. His legacy still lives in players today as he inspires a whole new generation of players.
Teams that have had a losing streaks of 15 or more games in the past few years have received the number one pick that following draft.
Rockets with Yao Cavs with Bron Magic with Dwighty
Hopefully, next year it will say:
Celtics in 2007 with Oden.
We can only hope that this trend continues.
The Celtics host the New Jersey Nets tonight who have been having their own problems with injury and consistency. Hopefully the streak ends tonight or else we may be setting new records that we really don't want to. Join us on Celtics Green tonight for the play by play.