Sorry for being so absent

Eric Neel gets to the bottom of what I’ve been feeling—–it’s hard not to like these Celtics. Since when is it hard to hate the Celtics?

And the more I watch, the more troubling my thoughts have become. The Celtics play passionate ball, I think. They play move-the-ball ball, I admit. They’re aggressive to the hole. They defend. They play as if every game matters. They play all four quarters. Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen — the three-headed monster — seem, in everything they do, to realize that they’ve been given this wildly improbable, incredibly rare gift from the basketball gods, and they seem, in everything they’ve done so far, determined not to anger the gods, not to piss this great good fortune away.

Tayshaun and Rip for KG? Please? Please?

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