The plan was to load up on Ping-Pong balls and pray the ghost of Red Auerbach and gravity-defying antics of David Stern would deliver Kansas' all-universe Andrew Wiggins via the No. 1 pick in the NBA lottery.
Then the Celtics took a quick trip to Florida and the worst-laid plans of #RigginForWiggns and someday seeing his No. 22 1/2 jersey raised to the Garden rafters in 2032 were demolished.
Saturday, Jeff Green posterized LeBron James with his game-winning 3-pointer from the corner as the buzzer sounded that gave Boston a 111-110 "See You In The Next Life Wiggins" victory over the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. '
In your facial.
Friday, the Celtics beat their fellow lottery hopefuls the Orlando Magic when Aaron Afflalo's 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left turned out to be 2-pointer [his size 14 shoe was on the line] and Boston won 91-89.
That "Enjoy Your Trip To Florida and Don't Forget To Lose" email from the front office got must have been deleted by Brad Stevens somewhere over Jacksonville.
2013 has been a year of Improbable Dreams for New England sports teams and fans.
The Red Sox did the incredible. The Bruins babysat Tyler Seguin and the rest of us all the way to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Patriots, now unofficially the worst 7-2 team in the history of the NFL, emerged from the offseason of "Heaven and Hell" and torrent of never-ending injuries to again dominate the AFC East. They enter the second-half of their season next week poised as the best team in the AFC to reach the Super Bowl not from Kansas City.
[But don't look past Carolina next Monday night, though, since the Panthers are now 6-3 after Sunday's victory over San Francisco.]
Now, we have the Celtics. Beating the Heat. Literally right in LeBron's face.
Witness that, South Beach.
It came too late for all of you to leave. So you watched it in deliciously stunned disbelief.
Green went full Ray Allen right on the same court where Allen and the Heat celebrated their 2013 championship just five months earlier.
Jesus H. Shuttlesworth, what was he thinking?
Players on the floor, in practice, or on X-Box find it impossible to try and lose. It's just not in our nature. That's why all the "tank" talk sounds good, but is so impossible to implement without the players buying into it.
Don't worry, Celtics fans, Jake Peavy doesn't have to worry about gassing up his Duck Boat.
Regular-season NBA victories carry about as much importance as spring-training batting averages.
But these victories by the Celtics this early in the season have changed the dynamic of this team, whether it had been real or imagined.
The Celtics, who would be the No. 7 seed in the East if the regular-season somehow mercifully ended after seven games, are going to give it a try this season. That much is certain. And if Rajon Rondo doesn't want to play along, he could likely be jettisoned before it's over.
And if the Celtics give us any more victories like they did this weekend, another year or two of mediocrity might be worth it.
[Mobile users: Watch Jeff Green's game-winner here.]
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