March 25, 1999

As any Celtics fan of proper vintage knows, the Rick Pitino Era was littered with lots of low points.

If nominations for a single game are considered, this 87-68 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves has to be one of them.  If the numbers don’t betray this night’s ugliness, it should be mentioned that this was a home game.

It was the C’s 10th loss in 11 games, dropping them to 8-17. (The lockout that delayed the NBA’s opening until the beginning of February was to the Celtics’ benefit in limiting the number of losses.).

Normally the Celtics’ most productive offensive player, Antoine Walker, hit one of 14 shots and was emotionally wounded by the catcalls he received.

“I don’t know what’s with the crowd,” Walker said, as reported by the Boston Globe. “We need support. And the booing? On every shot? Is that necessary? Is that going to make it better?”

“You can’t blame the fans. Put yourself in their shoes,” Pitino said.

Pitino’s attitude toward the boobirds eventually changed dramatically.