The Era of Good Feelings in American history lasted roughly from 1815-1825.
A similar era for the Celtics this season began during a double-overtime win against Miami on Jan. 27. It came to a close with a 16-hour period last week that encompassed an embarrassing, 113-99 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday night that wasn’t that close and the NBA trade deadline the next afternoon.
When the Celts failed to find a dance partner and make an impact deal, their frustrated followers had to rework their list of things that need to go right for this season to be a success. That list now stretches from here to the playoffs.

Even with Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger and Leandro Barbosa in the lineup, the Celtics knew they were going to need to catch a few breaks along the way to make a serious postseason run. With those players lost to season-ending injuries, said breaks must involve opposing stars and limbs.
The Miami Heat have become the sum of their opponents’ fears, playing stifling defense and regularly getting otherworldly turns from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. If the Heat lose a series during the Eastern Conference playoffs, their foes will have bucked odds taller than Manute Bol standing atop the Rocky Mountains.
The Celtics know where they stand. And you know where they stand simply because they no longer want to talk about where they stand.
Your Shamrocks were more than happy to discuss their belief that they were better on paper coming into this season than they were during their championship run in 2007-08, but that notion was buried at sea long ago.
Even when they stumbled through the first months of the campaign, people like Paul Pierce would boldly say, “I still like our chances. I have confidence in this team. We still think we can beat anybody.”
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