In the meantime, here's a tribute to my Guys in Green (in alphabetical order):
Brandon Bass, the big man in the front line; not the tallest, but look at those arms and shoulders! And he can drop a nice jump shot, score from the foul line, and muscle his way through the opposition.
Avery Bradley at 22 is already considered the fiercest defender in the NBA. He came through with some big steals and buckets during game 6 of the playoffs and helped close the gap when the Celtics were down by 26 points!
Jordan Crawford came to the Celtics halfway through the season and made his presence known with some wild baskets!
Kevin Garnett, 37 years old is a 17-year veteran of the NBA. The heart and soul of the Celtics, he is a mentor to the younger players, as well as a tenacious competitor. His team mates love playing with him; opponents respect his skill but hate playing against him! He grabbed 19 rebounds in game 6 of the playoffs.
Jeff Green missed all of last season due to open heart surgery; he amazed everyone with the huge comeback he made this year. He scored 20 points or more in most games the second half of the season; his speed and athleticism make him a joy to watch.
Courtney Lee, although inconsistent, did show us flashes of brilliance at both ends of the court, as well as from behind the 3-point line.
Fab Melo a 7-foot export from Brazil has made a major impact in the D-League here in Portland, Maine, playing as a part of the Red Claws. He didn't get much court time with the Celtics, but maybe next year!
Paul Pierce the captain and leader of the Celtics. Known for making clutch shots when they are needed. He wants to retire as a Celtic, and although he may be traded to another team, hopes he'll be offered a one-day contract from the Boston team when the day comes so he can retire in Green.
Shavlick Randolph, another Chinese League import who came to the Celtics late in the season, showed some promise for next year in his limited play time.
Rajan Rondo, arguably the best point guard in the league, had to sit out this entire season due to serious knee surgery. I can't wait to see him back at full speed next season!
Jared Sullinger had a promising start to the season this year, but was sidelined with a back injury. He has had surgery and should be a big factor for the Celtics next fall.
D.J. White also acquired late in the season, didn't see much playing time, but may be back next year.
Chris Wilcox during the season made some major blocks and pitched in when needed.
And last but not least, Terrance Williams, another late addition, showed promise as a back up point guard. He's fast and strong and can make an impact.
Friday night's game was unbelievable. The Celtics have been counted out so many times this year. When Rondo was injured, the doubters declared their season was over; Sullinger had to have back surgery, and again the non-believers said the Celts would never make the playoffs.
They say "Never underestimate the heart of a Champion." The Celtics just kept grinding and working and finally, despite numerous injuries, did make the playoffs. They lost the first 3 games to the New York Knicks, and again, many thought they were done. But they wouldn't give up. The fought back and won games 4 and 5, and in the last quarter of game 6 when they were down by 26 points, dug in and fought their way back, went on a 24 to 2 point run and closed the gap to just 4 points! (Needless to say, I was jumping up and down and screaming!) But they lost. They lost, but they didn't roll over and give up; they went down fighting, because that's what Celtics do.
Just 7 months 'til training camp.....and the 2013-2014 season. You can bet I will be glued to my tv, cheering them on again. If only I could afford court-side tickets; I'd be at the Boston Garden in a heart beat! Hear that, Celtics? Anyone want to offer your oldest and most fanatic fan a couple of tickets?