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C's putting up Zzz's against Knicks

Forget Melo & Co., sluggish second-half play proves Boston is beating itself

Updated: April 25, 2013, 10:10 AM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPNNewYork.com

As much as we would like to believe otherwise, let's stop fooling ourselves.

No matter how good the Knicks have looked, or Carmelo Anthony has looked, or two victories in the first two games of this first-round battle look to a legion of fans unaccustomed to such advantageous circumstances, a 2-0 lead in this playoff series is not simply a product of what the Knicks are doing.

It's about the regression of the Boston Celtics, a franchise disintegrating before our very eyes.

So ...

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