Things just never worked out the way they were supposed to this season for the Celtics. Jason Terry and Courtney Lee could never replace Ray Allen. Rajon Rondo blew out his knee, and slowly the team’s cracks turned into craters.
So, this was the best they had, pushing the more talented Knicks to six games before losing Friday night, 88-80. The Celtics should not be ashamed because they were the inferior team, playing on the will of aging Kevin Garnett and past-his-prime Paul Pierce.
If this series proved anything, it was that the Celtics can no longer depend on those two. Their star power is gone. They entered this battle carrying a handful of dirt in one hand and a dull knife in the other. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.