There is a certain rhythm to the Celtics pregame routine that is rarely ever interrupted. For the 40 or so minutes before the game when the locker room is open to the press certain mores are understood and respected.
Time was short Monday afternoon after the Celtics practice, which was just as well because the answers to the problems that have plagued the team for the last two months were as up in the air as the impending plane ride to Detroit.
The Celtics entered the All-Star break in a slump, plagued by injuries in the first half and struggling to put together four quarters of basketball. There were even talks of breaking up the Big Three and dealing Ray Allen for younger talent.