At times this season, the Celtics have struggled against mediocre teams. Fortunately for them, the Nets aren’t mediocre. They’re awful. It’s been a long time since epic Nets failures of the past such as Dennis Hopson and Dave Feitl roamed what is now called the Izod Center.
The Celtics have played the Hawks three times now, and each game has served a painful lesson. The first defeat taught the Celtics that if they didn’t play with energy, they would get crushed. The second showed that the Celtics had to work to match the Hawks physically. The lesson from Monday night: Don’t get thrown out.
For all of you who have been booing Mike Bibby for the past two seasons, don't worry — he's heard you. The thing is, he wouldn't have been able to have a 12-year career in the NBA if he succumbed to every jeer thrown his way.