April is always a frustrating month in Boston, primarily because of the climate. The spring weather frustrates residents by showing flashes of its potential since the beginning of March, teasing us with the possibilities of a 60 degree day here and there, but then resorting back to it’s old habits (40 and rain) at a moment’s notice. It’s a painful struggle between winter and spring, which we know spring will eventually win, we just don’t know when.
Ever since KG went down, this team has been a bit of a tease as well. They would show flashes of the dominance that allowed them to storm out to a 27-2 start this year, but they only rarely would be able to sustain this dominance for more than a quarter or two.
Sure there were impressive wins over those two months, but it never felt like the team played a “complete game.” It would either be a sluggish start by the 1st unit, a squandered lead by the bench, sloppy turnovers, foul trouble by the big men, a lack of ball movement. It always seemed to be something.
Last night, the Celtics broke out of frustrating cycle and played nearly 48 minutes of flawless basketball.
They came out hungry, shot well, ran the offensive exceptionally, beat the Bulls to loose balls, and took care of the other endless array of issues that had been limiting the team’s performance in the last two months. For one night, the pieces of the puzzle fit together perfectly and the team showed why a potential Cavs trip to the NBA finals can’t be considered a walkover, not when the C’s play like this.
It’s a beautiful day in Boston right now. The sun is out and shining. The temperature has hit the 60 and is only scheduled to go up, reaching the 80’s over the weekend. No one in Boston had been fooled by the pleasant days we saw in the last two months. Today’s is different though.
Old man winter appears to have been sent packing as spring has made its presence felt with endless possibilities abound for the next couple months. There’s no telling if the old man will sneak back into town for a few days, but it sure feels like the warmth is here to stay.
After last night’s game, the same can be said for these Celtics. There may be a couple hiccups here and there but the C’s, much like spring appear to have gotten over the hump. They have seen that they can still dominant a hot opponent in a hostile environment. The playoff possibilities that looked limited yesterday, now look promising. The Celtics are in full bloom.