The Celtics had their first home blowout this season, making the less fortunate Cleveland Cavaliers an object of pity.
Much more good emerged with this home stopover than the tankers would care to see. If the Celtics play like this, there may be a chance for excitement—especially with so many other teams defying the odds and failing. (That’s you, Nets and Knicks).
A sight we thought retired for the duration, the Jumbotron appearance of Gino, the Bandstander from disco hell, showed up dancing away. It was enough to remind us that Kevin Garnett’s dance card in Brooklyn remains empty.
We were so caught off guard by the Celtics rout of their opponents that we barely noticed the lavender shirt worn with his natty suit by Kelly Olynyk, still nursing his sprained ankle.
Olynyk did not sit next to Rondo on the bench, equally well dressed, but clearly was not about to take second place to the Beau Brummel of the Celtics. Mr. Blackwell might be delighted to see a fashion competition on the Boston bench this year.
Of course, when haberdashery takes your eyes off the ball, you know you are in the wrong business.
We must gloat too at our earlier predictions that Jared Sullinger is the second coming of Larry Bird. The defensive wizard is now showing a three-point hand. Those knives in the heart from outside the perimeter always made Bird a predator, and now Sullinger is giving us flashbacks.
Save the tank for your fish. The Celtics have our attention.