It was hugely elating to see Nate Robinson lead the Chicago Bulls to an exciting triple overtime victory the other day. Not just because Robinson is an exciting player when he gets hot, dominating a group of defenders who are all a foot taller than him. It was also nostalgic. I was reminded of the Celtics’ playoff run in 2010 when Robinson and Glen “Big Baby” Davis put on their “Shrek & Donkey” show, combining for 36 points to win Game 4 against the Lakers. The Celtics would lose in the 7th game of that Finals, of course, that year but it was an exciting season, leading a conclusion befitting the philosophy of “The Big Three” that won the championship in 08. In some ways that game 7 was the first of a certain kind of “out of gas” loss which has characterized this great era of the Celtics and has now, finally come to an end in 2013. The Celtics won this afternoon, using every bit of energy and luck they had to stave off elimination in the first round of the playoffs to the New York Knicks. It’s a foregone conclusion the Knicks will win this series: they are simply better than the old, scrappy C’s and right now, I think, have a good chance of taking on NBA overlords The Miami Heat. I have no idea what the Celtics will do for next year but I would guess we won’t see KG starting for them next year and that Paul Pierce will finish out his career, in a more limited role, as a Celtic. I’m not going to speak ill of Boston’s role players or chime in with the usual old man stuff that KG and Pierce will be subject to. Right now, I just want to say what a pleasure it was to cheer for this team, how happy it has been to see the Celtics contend and to see them play in a style which embodies the hard felt notion of “Celtic Pride” as the hallmark of the franchise.