Celtics actually starting to get some sympathy

Alan Greenwood

A broken elevator at Emerson College has let us know just how pitiable the 2019 Boston Celtics have become.

The Portland Trail Blazers, in Boston to face the wobbly Celtics on Wednesday night, arrived at Emerson for a morning workout. Before taking the floor, the Blazers found themselves trapped in a faulty elevator for about a half-hour.

Maybe Emerson has a descendant of Red Auerbach on its maintenance staff.

At any rate, the Blazers disembarked the elevator safe and sound, which brings us to the punchline. An Emerson public relations person penned a statement apologizing for the snafu, which included the school’s wish that the Trail Blazers “take it easy on the Boston

Celtics.”

Good lord. The Celtics need pleas for mercy from the pain and suffering they may endure at the hands of a fairly middling club like the Trail Blazers.

Of course, the Celtics have bumbled their way into the middle of the pack themselves. Arguably, their awful performance against Toronto on Tuesday night, on the heels of a stunningly inept performance at Chicago, has the boys in green looking up the elevator shaft at the likes of Portland.

TIME TRAVEL: March 1, 1969 – “Still hampered from the effects of an 11 day layoff, a stale and sluggish Nashua High quintet was hard pressed by an inept Winnacunnet High squad last night at the Chestnut Street gym before the Panthers came to life in the second half to register a 61-34 victory.

“Performing before a Biddy League Night fathering, the Panthers struck with a vengeance in the opening minute as Adam Gureckis and Gary Kopka teamed up to put Nashua up 6-0 with 7:01 on the clock. Then the fun began.”

By the time the fun ended, Gureckis has 19 points, the only player in double figures for Nashua, which ran its record to 14-3.

WORTH REPEATING: As sportswriters from throughout New England have mentioned, the news from Fort Myers, Fla., last Thursday that Nick Cafardo had died was stunning.

The lead baseball writer for the Boston Globe was a gifted journalist but an even better man. Always kind and generous to his colleagues, and thoroughly professional with those he covered, Cafardo will be missed.

AND FINALLY: The Craig Kimbrel watch drones on. The former Red Sox closer who was relentlessly average in his Boston tour, is not getting the megabucks offers he and his agent fooled themselves into expecting.

Kimbrel reportedly said that he would be willing to sit out a season if he doesn’t get what he believes he is worth.

A bit of advice: Take whatever you can get and invest wisely.

Alan Greenwood can be reached at 594-1248, agreenwood@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_ AlanG.