There comes a time in the life of most children when they realize that their parent or parents can’t take care of themselves anymore. They get weak, fall easily and develop brittle bones. This plight describes the 2012 Boston Celtics.The Big 3 reached its peak in 2008 and 2010, but they are now tumbling down a dangerously steep mountain. That mountain is called the Eastern Conference standings. Monday’s loss to Oklahoma City was Boston’s fifth in a row, dropped the Celtics to 4-8 and has them sitting in ninth place in the conference.

Nothing’s worse than wasting time and resources on a roster that no longer has championship talent. All Danny Ainge needs to do is consider the current state of Joe Dumars’ Detroit Pistons for a look at Christmas Futures. After the Pistons’ championship window closed, Dumars seemed intent on chilling his aging roster in a cryogenic chamber. The results were disastrous and have left the Pistons whiffing at the wind ever since. Things got so bad, Rip Hamilton demanded a trade and Tayshaun Prince became their go-to-guy.

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