Dallas Mavericks Exploit Flaws in Boston Celtics’ Team: A Fan’s Reaction

It appears the writing on the wall cannot be any more obvious for the Boston Celtics. It is time to begin the re-tooling process and hope they can play strong enough basketball in the process to at least be entertaining. I really hate to say it, but realistically speaking, it is time.

The Boston Celtics fell to the Dallas Mavericks by the score of 89-73 on Monday, February 20. The loss moves the Celtics under .500 with a 15-16 record on the season, losers of five straight, and down to the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Dallas improves to 21-12 on the year.

Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 20 points, four rebounds, and two assists while Dirk Nowitzki was the hero for the Mavericks scoring 26 points with 16 rebounds and an assist.

The Boston roster was anemic on Monday without the suspended Rajon Rondo, the absent Kevin Garnett, and the injured Brandon Bass. To make matters worse, Jermaine O'Neal went down with a sprained left wrist and then Chris Wilcox was lost with a right adductor strain.

"We've got to get our guys back. At one point, I had had five guards out there. We were just trying to mess up the game," coach Doc Rivers said. "I'm scared to talk to the medical staff because they don't give me good news. We've got to hold the fort until we get bodies back."

The Boston Celtics' woes cannot all be blamed on the health of the team. The harsh realization is that the team is no longer as good as it once was. Fans and the front office need to accept that fact.

Does this mean I will love and support the Celtics any less? Of course it does not. Win or lose, or whomever is on the court, I will remain loyal to the team. The most difficult part to acknowledge is that it is going to get worse before it gets better. I just hope the process will not be as painful as when the New York Knicks realized they needed to rebuild.

The Celtics will continue their road trip on Wednesday, February 22 when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Updated Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012