The Test of Time – CelticsBlog

time is precious.

I’ve heard this expression a million times.

Time is valuable. Time waits for no one.

These Celts know all about time. Boston was five minutes away from a 3-1 lead in the finals.

time is passing.

Precious seconds felt like an eternity as Steve Curry grabbed the ball in that perilous fourth quarter.

time is passing.

TD Garden begged for time to speed it up somehow.

time is passing.

But the defending champions somehow found a way to slow down time and act calmly through it.

time is passing. whistle.

The Celtics won’t win another game last season. Time passed, seemingly leaving Boston in its wake and a chance to conquer it, becoming one of those legendary teams that stand their test and live forever.

However, for the Celtics, this off-season provided another rare opportunity to manipulate time once again. Brad Stevens had two paths to lifting the Larry O’Brien Cup. No, Marty McFly’s time machine wasn’t invented as a result of that fourth game, but he had a chance to change his franchise just as Golden State seemed to spoil time to his will last spring.


Kevin Durant’s potential trade this summer was supposed to shorten time. There are no sure things in the sport, especially when it comes to the mercurial 33-year-old who’s been seriously injured over the past few years, but having one of the greatest of his generation is the closest you’ll get guarantee. The KD green was supposed to somehow double the time — heartache, growing pains, loss — and make lifting the Banner 18 a more tangible reality. It’s been fourteen years since Boston lifted a championship to the rafters and if you can make the wait shorter, you do, right?

But Stevens went the other way. As a former coach who never benefited from roster consistency in his eight seasons as a coach on the Boston bench, he intimately understood the value of time, not just the time going forward with youngsters Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart and whatever else the Celtics had to part with. With getting Durant, but also spending time together in Boston.

Keep in mind that when KD jumped ship from Oklahoma City and joined the 73-win Warriors in 2016, Brown was starting his junior season in Boston. In the four years that Durant won back-to-back championships as the Warriors hired a killer, played in three Finals, and spent a season rehab in Brooklyn from a torn Achilles, Brown had his teeth cut with the IT-led Celtics Hospital teams, polishing those teeth along with Kyrie Irving, and has grown canines alongside Jayson Tatum as cornerstones of the franchise.

It would have been an acceptable business decision to say, “The Celtics are playing in the present. If you can improve today, you do.” Few have erred in this logic. And while wealth loves the bold, there is an old saying that patience is a virtue. It goes beyond.

The 2008 banner hangs slightly lower than other banners. There is no doubt that this team is lovable; Kevin Garnett has a No. 5 hanging next to Paul Pierce’s No. 34 despite playing less than half of his career with the Celtics. However, they were an instant hit and couldn’t stand the blood, sweat and tears of that time – the kind of long time asking if you had enough, as days and weeks turned into years – painstakingly excerpts from you.

In the midst of Durant’s drama, Tatum was asked about his team and the upcoming season, to which he replied, “Chemistry is half the battle. I feel like you can have a great team with great talent, and they don’t have to be together. We guys saw that we found out in January and we didn’t look at Never back… It’s a little different, knowing we got to a point and we were so close. And we’re excited to get back to that, to get back on the set, because we have unfinished business.”

The Celtics didn’t win a championship last year and they didn’t trade Durant in an effort to cheat time. No, they invested. They have isolated themselves steadfastly. They locked in the heart for several seasons and said, “These are our guys.”

The six to eight weeks it will take for Robert Williams to recover and rehabilitate from knee surgery? This is a passing picture of a player signed for another four years. Time heals all wounds, even the knees. The possible one-year suspension that Ime Udoka faces? This can be tough to deal with, but something that will make the team stronger in the long run.

time is passing.

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