Kyrie Irving. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Once again, Americans will gather today with family and friends in their homes and participate in the time-honored Christmas tradition of...watching the NBA?
They’re playing on Christmas day again, been doing it since 1947. You know that was a long, long time ago because the Knicks actually won.
It’s been a staple of the holiday ever since, and the Celtics are playing Philadelphia today.
The question is, which Celtics?
The fans I hear on the radio when I’m walking the dog seem to think this year’s team is a pale imitation of last year’s, and that’s understandable. Well short of the halfway mark they’ve already lost 13 games, almost half of last year’s total.
And at times they’ve looked really bad doing it.
They’ve even lost to the Knicks.
It can’t be blamed on injuries. They’ve had some, but nothing like last year.
And the stats tell you little.
They’re shooting the same percentage from the field as last year’s team, just two percent worse from three.
This year they have one player, Kyrie Irving, averaging more than six assists a game, last year they had none.
Last year, 4 players averaging more than five rebounds per game; this year, four.
So what’s the problem?
They’re young, some of them let the hype go to their heads, and it’s bogged them down and inspired opponents.
So my Christmas wish for Celtics fans is to have some more eggnog and chill out.
There’s a long way to go and they will be fine.
On the other hand, if they lose to those bums from Philly today, a little panic is OK.
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