Amazing Not Happening in Boston
Alas, it took only 10 months to realize what suddenly isn't possible: the idea of the Celtics repeating as NBA champions without Garnett. That fatal twist is assured after a series of staggering events Thursday, when it became clear that the team's emotional leader and defensive force will miss the entire postseason with knee problems. With Garnett, the second championship in a potential dynasty run was possible. Without him, the Celtics can't beat LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals, a rude awakening that has New England in mourning -- what, six titles involving three teams isn't enough this decade? -- and may have contributed to the stress levels of general manager Danny Ainge, who is said to be "recovering nicely" after a minor heart attack.