For the entire stretch of the Big 3 era, every game during the regular season has essentially come with an expectation for us to win. Expectations were realistic, but lets face it, the Celtics were essentially either the favortite or evenly matched with most teams. Our bones were always proven to be championship caliber. It was just a matter of "turning it on" and "getting the calls."
This year, every single game, every single match-up is an evaluation of how our collective skill matches up. We are unproven. Rondo is unproven as the leader. Jeff is unproven as a leading scorer. Bradley and Sully are unproven as 3rd and 4th options. Olynyk, is straight unproven.
This is going to be exciting. There is no longer such a thing as "dropping a game" to the Bobcats as an embarrasing fluke of a double-header. Celtics now need to prove that they are better than the Cats. Although each loss brings us closer to Wiggins, each win brings us closer to being proven.