“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.”
– Charles Dickens when asked about the 2019 Boston Sports Playoff Experience
One night. Two Boston teams. Two vastly different results.
This one applies to both teams.
The Boston Celtics have had a train wreck of a season so why should we have thought that the playoffs would be any different. They didn’t so much as put things together in their first round sweep of the Indiana Pacers as much as they simply ran into a team that had overachieved without their star and was now out of gas. Now facing a superior team in the second round all the positives have disappeared and their worst tendencies have resurfaced with aplomb. They are who we feared they were.
The Boston Bruins had an exceptional regular season, tied for second most points in the league and have played with spit and vigor all year. They’ve bounced back from adversity and matched intensity throughout the playoffs and now after two wonderful handshake lines they are own their way to the Eastern Conference Finals to take on the
Hartford Whalers Carolina Hurricanes. They are who we wanted them to be.
The Boston Celtics will be facing down some real tough decisions this off season and the thought that major major changes need to be made is no longer a “Hot Take”. It’s reality. This team needs a shakeup if they are to be legitimate Title Contenders. No one is untouchable anymore.
Meanwhile on the Black & Yellow side of Causeway Street the Big Bad B’s just might make it it three in a row for the City of Champions and if they do it’ll be the ‘chip that tastes the sweetest.