Losses More Impressive Than Wins?

I’m always in the car at some point during these west coast games… which gives me an opportunity to listen to the game on the radio rather than watch it on TV.  I like it because radio announcers have to be more descriptive… and not being able to see the action makes you hang on their every word. 

One thing Sean Grande was saying in the waning moments of last nights loss was that some of the Celtics losses have been more impressive than their wins. 

The Celtics have only 1 double digit loss this season… and that was to Charlotte (and that lead was as low as 5 within the last 2 minutes of the game.  Their 10 losses have been by 2, 5, 2, 12, 7, 5, 2, 3, 1 and 6 points.  By contrast, the Pistons have been blown out on a few occasions… with losses of 18 (last night, to Orlando), 16, 24, and 16 on their resume. 

So the question is…. does this matter?  Is it more impressive to see a team lose games close… or does this not tell the whole story?  Are the Celtics losing close games because they’re squandering opportunities… or are they fighting like mad even on nights when they don’t “have it”?

Furthermore… is it smart to fight until the end like that?  The Pistons have been there before.  Maybe they’re the smart ones to lay back on nights when they don’t have it and just focus on the next game.  Maybe it would have been smarter to raise the white flag with 2 minutes to go… especially on the front end of a back-to-back. 

Personally… I like the fight.  When you see a chance to win, you take it.  I agree with Sean that the Celtics are sometimes as, or more, impressive in their losses because you see their heart and desire.  I think that fight will serve them well in the playoffs.

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5 Responses

  1. i think you have to fight for the win. it’s not about having the best record, though there is motivation to get home court for the playoffs. the main thing, though, is that you have to fight so you know how to when it matters. a team must test itself, find out what its limits are, learn how to pick itself up and win ugly games, in bad circumstances, when all the calls are going against you. plus, the fans paid the money and showed up to see a contest, and that matters. these guys get paid a lot of money because the fans show up, or watch on tv, etc. so as far as i’m concerned, it’s their job to fight hard to win, to give it their best effort. and if you have a job, no matter how big or small, you should try to do it well.

    maybe the pistons already went through this phase and know what they can and can’t do. maybe the character of the players and the team is such that they don’t fight for the wins that way, maybe they don’t have the burning desire, whether they lost it or never had it. maybe it’s why they won one ring but haven’t managed to do it again. i’m not cutting them down, i just don’t know why they play the way they do. maybe it’s not even a fact that they give up on games, it’s just perception.

    either way, i think if you’re playing hard to win every game, you want it to be understood, for the perception to match the reality. honestly, most teams don’t have kg, and that’s a big factor. i can’t imagine him ever giving up on a game or feeling like it doesn’t matter. he’s there to compete, and you don’t compete unless you’re trying to win, even when the odds are against you. and the rest of the team has taken up that mission as well. good for them.

  2. Very nicely said rvr… I 100% agree.

  3. Wow this reds army dude is sure a faggot making outrageous claims like his team could ever be somewhere close to the bulls of yesterday…..

    what an overbloated statement. a ridiculous claim

    well red can shove his own dick in his mouth now and quiet down, the celts are sooo far from a 72-10, nowhere close..

    so thereu ahve it celts fans, you guys suck cocks, all day, and youre team aint shit, maybe next year,, but i highly doubt it, maybe in 100 years u guys can make a claim like this again, faggots fuck you, never will you be close to the greatness that was, i laugh at you all, ha ha ha. ha ha ha.

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    Nongo Mahooma – February 20, 2008 at 2:17 pm

  4. That is a well-crafted argument. We should all think twice about disagreeing with you.

  5. I’m glad I inspire people

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