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.
Posted on: April 13, 2011 5:41 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2011 7:56 am
Wouldn't you just love to be a ticket holder for tonights game between the Knicks and Celtics? Only one starter will play for the Celtics and probably one or two for The Knicks. This will be worse than preseason NFL football. Full price NBA tickets in TDBank Garden for NBDL level play.
The Celtics and Knicks meet in the 1st round of the playoffs beginning this week. Neither team will risk injury tonight. Neither team will give the other a preview of what is to come. Neither team knows what they are capable of. Both teams made late season trades and have yet to establish a new identity. Actually I am wrong, both have established a new identity. They are bad teams. They are both playoff teams without playoff caliber big men.
Here's to hoping the Celtics can flip the switch again this year and play like the champions they were three years ago.
I am just happy that I didn't spend money to go to tonights game. David Stern should be embarrassed. "NBA Fantastic" my ass.
Posted on: April 8, 2011 4:25 pm
The Bulls Suck the wind out of other teams.
Posted on: April 3, 2011 8:52 am
A few weeks ago I posted that the Bulls would finish 2nd in the Eastern Conference because as good as Derrick Rose is, he is only one player. Well, in the words of Arthur Fonzarelli, I was wrrrrrrrrrrrooooooooooooooonnnnnnnn
nnnnnnnnG. I just watched more Derrick Rose highlights and he is incredible. Rose reminds me of another unstoppable Bull from the past. I thought the Celtics were too deep to be beaten by a one man show. Again I was wrrrrrrrrrrrooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnG. I thought that if the Heat had not figured it out after 60 games they would not figure it out this year. The jury is still out on this one.
The Bulls are now the team to beat in the East. Only one injury will hurt them and even as a Celtic fan I can't hope for that to happen.
The Celtics can beat them if they get some kind of an inside presence. They are getting killed inside the paint. Thet are getting beat on the defensive boards. Nobody is even on the offensive boards. The only way they are winning is by filling it up from the outside. Paul Pierce drives to the basket but get's pissed when he get's fouled hard. Paul, watch some highlights of Michael Jordan. I don't know how MJ survived the Pistons "Jordan Rules" but HE did. When MJ got hit, he just drove to the hole the next time even harder. You get hit and push the defender and draw a technical foul. Grow up and play basketball.
LeBron and the Heat can still only beat bad teams. Even if they finish 2nd in the Eastern Conference they won't get far. Why? Because they can't beat good teams in a single game, let alone a seven game series. LeBron and D Wade are 2 of the best players on the planet. Too bad they weren't the smartest players on the planet. They both had an opportunity to go to Chicago but weren't smart enough to do so.
Derrick Rose will win the Eastern Conference.
Posted on: March 27, 2011 9:50 am
Four years ago I was a really awful golfer. I couldn't hit a 3 iron to save my life. My local pro told me nobody could hit a 3 iron. He suggested I buy a 20 degree hybrid. I bought that hybrid and my handicap improved 4 strokes over the next 2 months. I was hooked. Of course, if one hybrid helped me improve that much I needed more so I bought a 26 degree hybrid and a 16 degree hybrid. The 26 degree hybrid was great but the 16 degree was awful. Still my handicap improved to 2 more strokes by the end of the season. So of course again, If three hybrids helped me improve that much, certainly a whole set of hybrids is the answer. On to ebay I went, getting a great deal on a complete set of Clebveland Hibore irons. I thought this is great, now I don't even need my old hybrids. The next season finally came and I was excited to use my new hybrid irions. My handicap plummeted and within two months I completely gave back the 6 stroke improvement I had gained the prior golf season. I sold the hybrid irons, went back to my Hogan irons, and put my 20 and 26 degree hybrids back in my bag. I added a 31 degree hybrid and my handicap began to improve. My bag was now balanced.
Four years ago the Celtics were entering the season with disgruntled star Paul Pierce clamoring for a trade. The Celtics were a very high handicap team. Danny Ainge realized that he needed to get someone to complement his star player. He added Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Doc Rivers now had 3 hybrids in his bag to go along with his other favorite irons (Kendrick Perkins, Rajon Rondo). Danny Ainge added some affordable clubs from the bargain bin (Tony Allen, Leon Powe, James Posey, Glen Davis, etc) and Doc now had his championship team. Their handicap plummeted. The Celtics won the NBA Championship.
Fast forward to this season. Danny Ainge was still following the same formula. He had his three hybrids (Pierce, Allen, Garnett) his two favorite irons (Perkins, Rondo), and some affordable clubs from the bargain bin (Shaq, Davis, Daniels, Robinson, West, etc). The Celtics were playing good but Danny wanted some new clubs. He wanted to improve that handicap just a little more. He decided to add a few more hybrids to his bag. He got rid of one of his favorite irons (Perkins), and a few affordable clubs (Robinson, Erden, Daniels). He added a few hybrids (Green, Krstic, Murphy) and the Celtics have lost 6 out of their last 10 games. Their handicapped has soared. Their old hybrids (Garnett, Pierce and Allen) are getting overused, their new hybrids (Green, Krstic, and Murphy) serve the same purpose as the old hybrids and don't seem to fit in, and their favorite iron (Rondo) is overused.
The Celtics handicap is rising quickly. The Celtics are carrying too many hybrids in their bag.
Posted on: March 19, 2011 9:21 am
Oh my, are we finally seeing the Celtics succumb to age? Is KG really a step slow on defense? Is PP really getting slower and weaker? Is Ray Allen, well still just ray Allen defensively? No, no, no, and of course yes. Age is not the reason for the Celtics latest swoon. The fix to the Celtics woes is surprisingly needing one more "aging" star to get his butt back on the floor. The Celtics need some bulk in the middle and that bulk's name is Shaquille O'Neal. While KG loves to pretend he is tough inside he really thrives outside shooting 18 footers. PP is best when he can get to the hole AND shoot from the perimeter. The inside is clogged up with help defense because the Celtics have no inside presence. Rondo can still penetrate but now he is getting swallowed up by big men who don't have to keep checking their big men. Ray Allen is still draining 3's but when 3's don't fall, nobody is inside to clean them up. Five players on the perimeter don't tend to get many offensive rebounds. The Celtics have taken over 800 less shots than the team with the most shots in the NBA. They are 30th out of 30 teams in this category. It isn't because their shooting percentage is so much better than the other 29 teams. It is because they don't have big bodies knocking people off the boards.
The Celtics NEED to get OLDER. they NEED SHAQ!
Posted on: March 7, 2011 10:42 pm
The Miami Heat are Classic Bullies:
The Miami Heat are Classic Bullies. Their record tells the whole story They are 14-17 against teams with records of .500 or better. They are 2-8 in games decided by less than 3 points.
They win games against teams they should beat, the weaklings.They beat them by a 10 point plus margin. They bully weaklings. They lose close games and they lose to good teams. The Miami Heat are the bully who doesn't know how to react when they get punched.
Posted on: March 7, 2011 3:52 pm