Kris Humphries and the faces of Celtics death
|01.30.14 at 1:23 am ET|
The Celtics hit a new low with a buzzer-beating loss to the 76ers. They’ve lost four in a row, wrapping up January with a 2-15 record after losing to the only team that stood between them and the Atlantic Division basement.
Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?
On the bright side, the Celtics have three days off before traveling to Orlando to take on one of two teams that owns a worse record than them in the entire NBA, and somehow they’re only 5.5 games behind the hapless Eastern Conference’s eighth-seeded Bobcats (THE EIGHTH-SEEDED BOBCATS!). Oh, and the C’s possess a 15.6 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, a 46.9 percent at a top-three pick and a 96.4 percent chance at a top-five pick on the night Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 29 points on 16 shots. So, there’s that.
Here’s how various Celtics are dealing with their dire situation heading into the final 10 weeks of the season.
STAGE 1: DENIAL
“I think we have a good set of guys in here that keeps our morale at a good level,” said Jared Sullinger. “We constantly come out and compete, other than [Tuesday] night, and we bounced back tonight and competed.”
STAGE 2: ANGER
“Our back’s against the wall,” said Gerald Wallace. “We’ve got to keep fighting. A game like this kind of lets you know where you stand. … There’s nowhere to go but up from here. We’ve just got to continue. It just seems like when things start going bad, they really go bad for you. It seems like everything that can go wrong goes wrong for you, and it did tonight. I think our energy and our effort was a little better than it was in the New York game, but it just still seemed like we were a step behind them.”
STAGE 3: BARGAINING
“”I don’t know what it is exactly, but we were three games out of the playoffs I think a couple games ago, so we could get hot,” said Jerryd Bayless. “There’s still a possibility we could get hot. You never know. With Rondo coming back, with a lot of the guys getting healthy and everything, there’s still a chance. We’ve just got to continue to play together and hopefully that situation will happen.”
STAGE 4: DEPRESSION
“What do you do?” said Kris Humphries. “If you have animals, you go home and hang out with them.”
STAGE 5: ACCEPTANCE
“You have to be really mentally tough to learn through and to grow through tough circumstances, but you have to be really mentally tough to win a playoff series, you have to be really mentally tough to come back from a bad loss and win the next night,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “If you’re not mentally tough, you have a ceiling in this business, so you might as well learn it now. And that’s the biggest thing about it. These kinds of games, and our response to these kinds of games, will tell me a lot about what we’ll look like down the road.”
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