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Did Danny Ainge bequeath his stethoscope to Joe Mazzulla?

 Time for a heart check once again for the Boston Celtics. Last night's 150-117 drubbing by a 15-21 team (Oklahoma City Thunder) should never happen. Many Celtics fans recall Larry Bird calling out his team members, and himself, as having "no heart" and being "sissies" prior to a decisive Game-7 in the 1984 Finals. Danny Ainge even brought his stethoscope to heart-check his comrades.

It may be time for a heart check once again. Despite barely holding on to the best record in the League, the rival Brooklyn Nets are breathing down the necks of a team that too-often chooses to lose its drive to compete. Not a good sign for the post-season.

Larry Bird just hated to lose - ever! Boston dropped Game-6 to the Lakers, 119-108. How did Larry do? He produced 28 points (8-of-11 FG), 14 rebounds, eight assists, one steal and three blocks. He played all-but-one-minute of the game.

The Green responded well to the challenge and took Game-7 and the 1984 Championship. What needs to be said about the 2022-23 version of the legendary Boston Celtics is that they are laden with talent but far too prone to taking their foot off the gas and mailing in a performance. I suspect there is a feeling among team members that they can drift towaards the post-season and clamp down once that time arrives. That is flawed thinking.

Joe, can you check the back room for Danny's stethoscope? Time to dust it off and put it to use.


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