I wanted to write this post about the rest of the Celtics season. I wanted to reflect on the first half, make predictions for the rest of the season, and try and express how excited I was for the final 32 games.
I imagine this is what most of the Celtics players wanted to do also. The reason neither myself or the players can put the frustrating first half behind us is that the trade deadline does not pass until Thursday afternoon. Fans and players alike have to sit through an awkward four day stretch after the All-Star break where the games continue, but a lot of rosters are not yet finalized. Players like Ray Allen, Rasheed Wallace, Glen Davis have to listen to their names in trade rumors. Players like Shelden Williams, Brian Scalabrine, and Bill Walker wonder if they'll be thrown into a trade to make the money work. Players like Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo have to defend their current team, while not completely shooting down the possibility of a change.
The players are rested and physically ready to make the final push toward the playoffs. Mentally, who knows where they are at? The deadline is looming, and with the big Mavs-Wizards trade, the rest of the deals will soon follow. That is what makes Tuesday night's game so interesting, and awkward. Will some players be pressing? Will Ray Allen's focus be somewhere else? Will people be trying to play for their chance to stay in Boston?
The questions and anxiety may all be for naught if the Celtics decide not to change the roster before the deadline. It makes me wonder how Ray Allen's break was, and how it will affect him Tuesday night against Sacramento. This is why I believe that the trade deadline should come before the All-Star break. In a best-case scenario, it would come before the All-Star game itself, so the players could just relax and enjoy the time off. Obviously, this will never happen, as players may swap teams and conferences after being selected, but prior to the game itself. I do think that making the deadline prior to, or during the All-Star break would be easier on players, and cleaner for fans. Once the break is over, you know your team and you're ready to push for the prize. At this point I don't care anymore about all of the ridiculous trade rumors surounding the team as they approach the deadline, I just want it to be over.
Most ridiculous of all though, is that one game that teams play before the deadline. Let's just hope the Celtics can win it.