The Celtics had to embrace reality and they realized that there was too much at stake to collapse in self-pity.
“Since we lost Rondo, I figure we’ve been playing basketball really hard putting forward a Grade-A effort,” Garnett said. “I know we’re a bunch of fighters, I know we’ve got some competitive guys in here. We got a bunch of talent in here. A lot of guys can do great things. It’s all about putting it together and seeing what we can do together.”