Washington Wizards defeat Boston Celtics, 88-83

Wait till last year? Can we please turn back the calendar to 2007?

These Celtics we've seen in 2008 bear little resemblance to the wrecking crew that terrorized the NBA in November and December.

Ever since the Celtics flew back from Los Angeles, conquerors of the Lakers for the second time and winners of four games in four tries out West, there has been, well, something missing. Against the Bobcats, it was Ray Allen. Last night, and the game before, it was Rajon Rond...

In the span of a week, the Celtics have gone from phenomenal to mortal.

They blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter before losing, 88-83, to the Wizards last night in front of a sellout crowd at TD Banknorth Garden. The Celtics (30-6) have lost back-to-back games (and three out of four) for the first time this season and have dropped two straight at home for the first time.

"Nobody's gotten too big for their britches here," said Celtics guard Ray Allen, who had 1...