What noble words did Rondo say at the postgame press conference? We did not hear, "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."
Sydney Carton was a version of Rajon Rondo. He was destined to appear on the proverbial milk carton after the Miami Heat and Celtics battled during Game 7.
If you think it's the best of times, you live in Miami. If you think it's the worst of times, you live in Boston. If you think the games were fixed, you may be living in cynicism.
It was a far, far better journey to get this far with three series of seven games. The Big Three go to a far far better rest than they have ever known. It was the season Byrds sing about, Ecclesiastes.
Charles Dickens always knew the right moment to bless us every one, and the right time to curse with "Bah, humbug."
Start singing A Christmas Carol because the Celtics are deader than a doornail this season.
It looks like Christmas came early for one team, and like Oliver Twist, fans of the other team are asking for "More, sir, please."
The Celtics ended up wishing David Copperfield put a little magic on their team. Whether the Celtics turn out to be the heroes of the game has been answered with a thud.
If the TD Garden starts to look like Bleak House this summer, it is only because the Celtics' Great Expectations and Big Three have been blown to the four winds.
Hard Times have fallen on a once proud championship franchise, or at least till the Cliff Notes version of the Big Three comes to the rescue with a couple of young big men.
Our Mutual Friend Rajon Rondo and Little Dorrit Avery Bradley agree that the Celtics tale ends up a bit like the Mystery of Edwin Drood-an unfinished epic.
Dickens always made his stories run a little longer than you would have liked, but not long enough this time.