Re: Overcoming Adversity
posted at 3/15/2011 6:30 PM EDT
In Response to Overcoming Adversity
[QUOTE]Every Boston Sports fan thought the New England Patriots would have a cake walk in the AFC playoffs. I mean the Pats only lost 2 games the whole season! Sometimes teams that do not go through adversity fall apart when it matters the most. Hopefully this year's Celtics will do better in the playoffs and eventually end up winning the championship this year.
Posted by P34[/QUOTE]
I've been thinking along similar lines, mainly just to have some reason to believe we can turn this around because our team is BETTER THAN THIS - both talent-wise and work-ethic-wise.
Anyway, remember the 2004 Red Sox? Yes, that team was a little younger and a lot healthier than this year's Celtics. But they went into a funk with the Yankees at the WORST possible time. Almost got swept. Low point was losing 19-8 on *their OWN field.* And the whole city of Boston had that grave dug for them. NO one expected them to get out of that series because the Yankees were stacked (at least on the offense...), even during most of that magical Game 4. Yet, as we all know, they never lost another game that season.
Sometimes adversity is the best thing that can ever happen to a team. The '04 Red Sox were forced to confront the distinct possibility of going home early, with the added humiliation of being swept by the Yankeees, despite all the high expectations that THIS would be the year they'd break the curse. They then remembered who they were and stepped up.
Now the Celtics are in a similar position. Their season is not directly on the line, but they HAVE to gel and step it up. After such a storybook run followed by a heart-breaking near-miss last year, it just seems only right that they'd be destined to win it all this year. But it won't just happen, doesn't work that way...
Maybe what they've gone through these past 2 weeks is their equivalent of being down 3... so that they'll do the soul-searching necessary to do their equivalent of winning 8!