Hey, Boston Celtics! Don’t worry about it. Chill out. Be happy. Everything is going to be all right.
The playoffs are a game away and that feeling is in the air. The experienced teams that take nights off in December and January are gearing up for the postseason. Inexperienced teams, like the Celtics, can find themselves tightening up.
The C’s have dropped their last two -- to Atlanta and Charlotte -- in an uncharacteristic manner. The Green fell apart. This happens when a team thinks too much or tightens up. I think the Celtics are guilty on both counts.
Fellas, just play basketball. Don't think, don't worry, don't wonder what seed you'll be. Just play. It doesn’t matter who the Celtics play first. They could beat Atlanta, they could lose to Atlanta. They could beat Miami, they could lose to Miami. They could beat Charlotte, they could lose to Charlotte.
Plus, the Celtics have nothing to lose. They really don’t. To expect the Celtics to win an opening-round series is not fair. They could play well and lose in a competitive series that goes at least six games and feel good about themselves.
So, just play fellas. Just play.