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Two months have passed and the Celtics roster has experienced all sorts of physical nuisances. As this team has showed since it was assembled in the summer of 2007, the psychological strength and winning attitude has overcome any kind of injuries. But with the development of this year of 2010, things have slowly walked into a nerve wrecking waltz into the world of injuries. The team's psyche has been attacked like no other championship team has ever been tested before.

It all started with Perk's crucial injury in game 6 of the Finals. We lost our rock in the defense, our starting center. Already without the explosiveness of Garnett following his knee surgery months before, the team had relied upon the big shoulders of Perkins to hold the likes of Howard and Bynum in the playoffs. To add more trouble, it seemed visible that the only healthy big body wasn't truly the tallest one (Davis) against the best Gasol ever. Rasheed Wallace's back was nailing him to the floor, the spasms so unbearable that he was unable to play for extended minutes and ultimately forced his retirement in August.

Everybody has agreed that without Perkins we really lost half of our battle for banner #18, even the Lakers fans admit it. The other half of the loss we will never agree on. What is true is that injuries played a vital role at the end of the 2009/10 season.

With some new faces, new stunning resumes, and fresh legs the Celtics started this 10/11 season with new impulse. Armed with the spirit of revenge against the gods and odds of sports, we have cruised to a 24-6 record in the first 30 games of the season. The team has fought hard and proved they are still the best team oriented squad in the league. Celtics and Spurs, the oldest contenders have shown that they are the best coached and best equipped teams in the entire NBA over the hype of the rest. In the process, the Celts have experienced all sort of injuries: knees (Jermaine and Perk), ankles (Rondo, Bradley), calves (Shaq and now KG), back (West, Wafer, Rondo), shoulders (Erden)...the Celtics body has been breaking down little by little. And until today, the collective soul, the ubuntu spirit and the legend of the Celtics jersey has prevailed over all these physical limitations.


But today, right at the end of the 2010 year, I hereby declare to the gods of sports that it is enough. Enough with the injuries already. We have been shown that injuries can be a part of this game, we have been reminded that in the end it all depends on the players health and their ability to sustain pain and remain on the floor. We know that no matter how Phil cries, the referees fool and Stern rules...in the end is a game won by the five men that remain on the floor when the clock winds down and the ball is in their hands. Ten players out of our fifteen men roster have been punished already and not only the oldest ones. Rookie Avery Bradley lost the first months of his young career due to injuries, our youngest All Star Rajon Rondo has already lost a third of the season and even Semih Erden has been playing with a hurt shoulder...

For all of the above, I think it is time for the gods of sports to reverse the tendency upon us. We have had our share of injuries, we have learned the lesson. We have understood. Now please give us back Perk, Delonte and Rondo. And please let today's feared MRI show that Kevin Garnett's leg is fine and that he will be ready to continue his awesome season next week, with the new year of 2011.

Let us play without the physical pain to show that in the end we can beat the psychological battle against the weigh of Time and the whiplash of Age.

Bohemian 12/30/2010 06:03:00 AM Edit
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16 Responses so far.

  1. Three Toe says:

    with a team this old, we had to expect some injuries, but I would say that it's been more than I would have expected already.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Amen.
    We Had Enough. I mean, that's just "TOO MUCH"
    I felt Bad For Boston Because, you know, KG worked Hard To get to this point just to be 100% Healthy and this is what happens? I mean, C' MON. THAT'S ENOUGH.
    All We Can do now is, Pray, And Believe That All of Those PLayers Who Got Hurt, Will be Healthy this coming New Year. Its New Year, Time for New Life.
    Let's Celtics!
    It's All About Having the HEART OF A CHAMPION :)
    Celtic Huraa! Celtic Huraa! Celtic Huraa! 1-2-3 UBUNTU!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Amen, I have been with ray ray n kg since 2002, i have never seen them fight with so many injuries n some much heart.

  4. mrkC says:

    AMEN! god help us..

  5. Anonymous says:

    Very well said....

  6. Anonymous says:

    I concur! But don't worry...this is the making of a great...dare I say EPIC sports story and ultimate championship winning team! The quest for banner 18 begins and ends with this team. People have wrote this team off bc of its "age" but I'll pick wisdom and experience over yout ANYDAY! KG is fine...the other boys will be back. I'll see you at the parade in June 2011

  7. Anonymous says:

    I like the above comment. This WILL be an epic story! And it began in the 2010 playoffs when nobody believed in us. We WILL overcome all obstacles and bring home number 18! Stay positive, keep believing, and in June 2011, the heart of a champion will glow brighter than ever!

  8. Anonymous says:

    you know, i hate to say it after we won #17, but i think there has been a curse on the Celtics ever since the death of Lenny Bias. there are many examples along the way (Bird's back problems started then, and of course Reggie Lewis died later). I mean Bias and Lewis were not secondary players...they were team leaders (assuming Bias would have matched out). this season is just a nightmare for all of us so far, despite the current nice record. with 100% health people can easily argue this is a WAY better team than 2008.

    let's forget about the gods, and go directly to VooDoo to fix this hex.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I will attend a healing mass here in the Philippines for my dear boston celtics. Go celtics!

  10. tb727 says:

    Nice article Bohemian. I do hope this Garnett thing is a minor setback and he misses a month or so. Celtics just can't seem to catch a break other than 2008.

    What happened to the Luck of the Irish? Don Nelson's shot bouncing in in 1969? Tragic Johnson dribbling out the clock vs the Celts in the 1984 Finals?

  11. Rondo!! says:

    Wow.
    Very well put together Bohemian. I really hope this will be the LAST injury the C's will have to go through cause this is too much..

    But everybody, please look on the bright side of this.
    Next month is January:
    -Rondo is 100% likely to be playing.
    -Semih should be back from the shoulder/respiratory infection.
    -West is scheduled to be back from the wrist injury if all goes well.
    -Jermaine should be 80-90% back to playing shape. (minutes wise - so he can last awhile while Shaq sits.
    -and if this MRI on KG shows no severe injury, he should also be back in January.

    And Perk will be back the following month.
    Like Paul said, they will just have to find a way to grind out these 'short-handed-roster' games until the guys get back.

  12. Anonymous says:

    agreed, very well written. but i wouldnt say they "cruised" to the 24-6 record at all.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Amen.....Let's Go Celtics!

  14. Bohemian says:

    Thanks a lot for the comments :) It seems we've been lucky with KG's prognosis :) Only 2 weeks!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I love this team i only watch nba because of them call me insane if they want but all my prayers is with this team thanks God its only two weeks i love celtics happy new year to all and those who admired and love this team.

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