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Celtics feel wrath of 'basketball gods'

Boston suffers first loss at home after shrugging off Kevin Durant-less Thunder

Updated: November 20, 2010, 9:22 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- They are a spiteful bunch, angered particularly by lethargy.

And while it's been a while since their name has been invoked in these parts, the so-called "basketball gods" returned to the TD Garden on Friday night with a fervor and punished a Boston Celtics team that thought it could sleepwalk past a shorthanded opponent.

No, alerted of pregame transgressions in which the Celtics openly displayed a sense of relief that Kevin Durant and Jeff Green would not be in uniform ...

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