I don’t want to say Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are getting old before our eyes, but yesterday
TMZ’s cameras caught the Celtics’ duo filling out paperwork at the Shady Acres retirement home. In Saturday’s disastrous 92-83 Game 4 loss in Philadelphia—disastrous because Boston raced out to a 14-0 lead and led by as many as 18 before getting outscored 61-37 in the second half—Garnett and Allen
combined for five field goals (in 18 attempts) and 14 points in more than 71 combined minutes on the court. Not only that, but the duo had nearly as many turnovers (nine) as Philadelphia’s entire team (11).
Last time I checked, veteran NBA teams with a championship pedigree don’t squander 18-point
leads in the playoffs against a No. 8 seed; teams whose stars wear Depends instead of jocks do. Granted, the fact the Celtics had the last two days off is an advantage, as is the fact they’re back at home. But this is already Boston’s 11th playoff game, and you have to think Saturday’s implosion was a flashing neon side that the aging Celtics are wearing down. Conversely, the
spry 76ers seem to be getting stronger. And they certainly aren’t worried about playing in Boston, where the first two games in this series were each decided by a single point, with Philly covering both times. In fact, the Sixers have cashed in five of their last seven trips to Boston (and eight of the last 11 meetings with the Celtics overall). And while Philly is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 road games, the Celtics have brought home the money just four times in their last 21 games when laying between 5 and 10½ points.
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Friday’s Result: Diamondbacks (-120) at Royals (Win)