Posted by Shaun Powell
BOSTON — You know, it’s not about age. Not really. Not individually, in the case of the Celtics. But collectively? Yes, right now, before our eyes, age is catching up with the Celtics like Usain Bolt chasing a snail.
Kevin Garnett showed he’s still capable of bringing it, as he did in Game 3. Ditto for Ray Allen, in Game 2. We haven’t heard much from Paul Pierce, but figure he’ll be in the mix for Game 4. OK, then. Individually, the Celtics’ thirty-somethings can rise every now and then.
But will they ever rise together again? In unison?
What Boston needs, and what Boston has been missing in this series, is the sight of the Old Threes giving a top-shelf effort and performance in the same game. The Lakers couldn’t compete with that. Imagine, for a second, in the same game, Allen hitting 6 or 7 threes, Pierce gunning for 25 points and KG grabbing 8 boards with 4 blocks and using elbow grease for 15 points. That’s the Celtic team that won in 2008, going three-for-three with those guys. Now, they’re lucky to get two out of three. More like one out of three, with Rajon Rondo chipping in.
I suspect that those old Celtics, circa 2008, went down with KG’s knee the following year. Kind of reminds me of the Blazers in 1978, the year after they won the title. They started 50-10 that season, everything humming along sweetly, until Bill Walton felt something snap in his foot. Uh, oh. Dynasty over.
It’s still not impossible, this series. Boston can pull it out, but too much is falling on Rondo’s shoulders. He’d have to play huge every game and get something from at least two of the old foggies. Otherwise, Kobe is getting one ring closer to MJ.