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Did the Celtics flip the switch on

Posted on: April 25, 2011 4:54 pm
 
Ho hum. The Celtics are in the playoffs. They just completed a sweep of the Knicks. After losing/winning half of their games coming down the stretch, dropping to 3rd place in the Eastern Conference, are the Celtics once again the CELTICS? 

Nope. The Celtics shot 47% from 3 point land against the Knicks. The Knicks let Rajon Rondo run free for four games. The Knicks lost Chauncy Billups in game one, and Amar'e Stoudemire was injured and played ineffectively for games three and four. The Celtics out rebounded the Knicks. The Celtics Big Three and Rondo beat Carmelo Anthony. Big deal. Four stars beat one star. Isn't that supposed to happen?

All of Boston is back on the bandwagon. As a Celtic fan I hope they flipped the switch again. I doubt it. I think the Knicks were more like a motion detector. If you move around a motion detector the light automatically comes on. The Celtics will need to do more than move when they play the Heat. They will need to attack the Heat, beat them up on the boards and make LeBron forget he has help.

Category: NBA
Tags: Celtics
 
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Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: May 20, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Did the Celtics flip the switch on

So much for encouraging. The Knicks were not even a challenge and the Celtics were only a challenge for the Heat for 3 quarters every game they lost. The Celtics indeed looked like the Celtics of  "old". Rajon Rondo impressed me more than I could have ever imagined. He showed more guts than anyone I have ever seen play. It really didn't matter who led the Celtics in scoring, since nobody could hit the broad side of a barn in the last 10 minutes of any loss. Complete teams are overrated. The NBA is a league of stars. He who has the most non-aging stars wins. KG, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce made it through a whole season without injury. Don't count on that happening again. The only way the win again is if Rajon Rondo comes back healthy and learns how to make a 15 foot jumpshot.  That and a getting a center who can do more tha clog up the middle.
 




Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Did the Celtics flip the switch on

I am a Celtics fan as well.  But, I see this first round performance by the Celtics as very encouraging.  I agree the Heat are going to be a much bigger challenge for Boston than the Knicks were, but the Celtics looked like the Celtics of old (when they last won it all), plus they have an electrifying Rajon Rondo, plus even more depth.  I think we saw in the Knicks series a team that can and will dominate and that has the ability to close games and series.  A different player led the Celtics scoring in each of the games.  That's pretty tough to defend for any team.  I really don't see any weaknesses for this Celtics team, especially if Jermaine O'neal continues to progress and we get closer to Shaq's return.  The Heat may have the largest horde of superstars, but no team is as complete as the Celtics, with the possible exception of the Lakers.  This Celtics team has tha capability to run deep into these playoffs and the potential to win the whole thing.  Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pearce are well rested and healthy.  Rajon's chomping at the bit.  And the center position will be well accounted for.  A very exciting time to be a Celtics fan.


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