Are You Ready?

First of all, I love this picture of Paul Pierce. It’s half-wink and half-scowl. It’s a cute way of being a bad ass. As the Celtics were toying with the New Jersey Nets (no Posey or Rondo tonight) I saw a great stat on the Comcast broacast. I’ll call them the five reasons we’re going to win the title:

  • Lowest Opponents PPG
  • Lowest Opponents FG %
  • Lowest Opponents 3 FG%
  • Fewest Fast Break Points
  • Fewest Points in the Paint

The defensive dominance of this team is staggering. As I’ve heard a billion times over the past few weeks, it’s a different game come playoff time. Well is any team better suited for playoff basketball than the Celtics? We can defend. Full-court and half-court. We can bang (Perk, Powe, PJ and Big-Baby) and play perimeter D. We can score on the break (Rondo) and perimeter (Ray, House, Pierce). We can score on the block (KG and Pierce). What can’t this team do?

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And in one of the longest columns in the history of the internet, Bill Simmons has picked KG for MVP. Here’s a snippet:

On May 22, professional basketball was effectively murdered in Boston. Garnett transformed every single facet of the franchise upon his arrival, from playing for the Celtics to coaching them to following them to owning them to working for them. What he did can’t be measured by statistics; it can’t even be measured in a few paragraphs like the section you’re reading right now. It would belittle what he did. He transformed the culture of the team. He taught everyone to care about defense, to care about practice, to care about being a professional, to care about leaving everything they had on the court, to stop caring about stats and start caring about wins. He single-handedly transformed the careers of three young players (Rajon Rondo, Leon Powe and Kendrick Perkins), one veteran (Pierce) and one coach (Doc Rivers), all five of whom could have gone the other way. He played every exhibition game like it was the seventh game of the Finals.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot about tonight’s call-in show from 10-10:30PM.

 

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  1. iono guys this seems like it’s destined boston and LA on top of there conference just like in the 80’s this new SI cover just give me goose bumps when I see it every time and too note since ba finals rating have been low for a couple of past year you know David Stern is on his knees everyday and begging for a lakers vs celtics finals series

  2. Sent “john@redsarmy.com” an e-mail of year end awards thoughts I’ve had for the call-in show. FYI.

  3. I’m going to have to say that this was probably the best call-in show in redsarmy history.

  4. Guess it was about 20 minutes too late huh?

  5. Sorry guys. We are going to try to schedule something once the playoff schedule is out.

  6. All-Time NBA Wins per Season

    Chicago Bulls 95-96 72-10
    Chicago Bulls 96-97 69-13
    Los Angeles Lakers 71-72 69-13
    Philadelphia 76ers 66-67 68-13
    Boston Celtics 72-73 68-14
    Chicago Bulls 91-92 67-15
    Boston Celtics 85-86 67-15
    Los Angeles Lakers 99-00 67-15
    Dallas Mavericks 06-07 67-15
    Milwaukee Bucks 70-71 66-16
    Boston Celtics 07-08 66-16

  7. Chicago Bulls 95-96 72-10 – WON TITLE
    Chicago Bulls 96-97 69-13 – WON TITLE
    Los Angeles Lakers 71-72 69-13 – WON TITLE
    Philadelphia 76ers 66-67 68-13 – WON TITLE
    Boston Celtics 72-73 68-14 – LOST IN EAST FINALS
    Chicago Bulls 91-92 67-15 – WON TITLE
    Boston Celtics 85-86 67-15 – WON TITLE
    Los Angeles Lakers 99-00 67-15 – WON TITLE
    Dallas Mavericks 06-07 67-15 – CHOKED IN FIRST RD
    Milwaukee Bucks 70-71 66-16 – WON TITLE
    Boston Celtics 07-08 66-16 – ????

    Let’s just say our like our chances of winning the whole thing…

  8. [...] Herald C’s go through motions, gear up for postseason Prophetic Pierce knew better days were here Talk of Doc extension put on hold Knicks coach Thomas philosophical before season finale C’s start playoffs Sunday Globe Appreciation abounds; Celtics finish in style Confident Hawks begin by talking a good game Various articles on last night’s game MetroWest Daily Celtics’ playoff drive set to begin CelticsBlog First round fun Eastern style NBA previews review: Southeast and Pacific The regular season is over LOY’s Place Comments from the other side – Nets Celtics finish the season with 66 wins – Bring on the playoffs ESPN A playoff guide to each team’s biggest drama Simmons: NBA MVP breakdown part 2 Hoopsworld C’s end season with win 66 How the Hawks win the series Celtics 24/7 C’s end regular season with win over Jersey Worcester Telegram Rondo earns Sixth Star Award Celts net victory No. 66 Patriot Ledger Europe trip gelled Celtics Celtics bench looks ready to go Enterprise Celtics notebook: Celtics’ stars turn spotlight on Rivers Celtics’ third-winningest year in books Cleveland Plain Dealer The Q with Pistons assistant Dave Cowens Wicked Good Sports One last look back Connecticut Post Celtics send Nets to Powe house NY Sun Unexpected candidates for Coach of the Year Sporting News Fun time: Following the juicy playoff stories Trios will lead Celtics, Spurs to Finals WEEI Scal on Planet Mikey Ainge on The Big Show FanHouse Barkley: Wizards are dumbest team in the history of civilization Nashua Telegraph Now C’s can get back to business Live Feed Confessions of a Celtics bandwagon jumper Washington Post NBA Awards go to… Sports Network Powe, Celtics finish strong by burning Nets Green Bandwagon Meet the Celtics again: Leon Powe and Brian Scalabrine ProJo Rejuvenated Pierce envisions title run Sports of Boston That’s a wrap: Celtics finish season on a high note Celtics four point play Hardwood Paroxysm Playoff preview: Boston Celtics Fly Guy Sports Playoff Matchups: Celtics vs Hawks Parquet Pride Celtics wrap up regular season, second season to begin Detroit Free Press Barkley: Celtics and Pistons best in the East by far Times Tribune Celtics may do it for the first time since ‘86 Fox Sports An apology to the Boston Celtics Atlanta Journal Constitution Hawks have blueprint for upsetting Celtics LA Times Lakers-Celtics would be a blast from the past NY Daily News The curtain closes Can Danny? Proving ground update Lex Nihil Novi 16 games The problem that is the 2008 Boston Celtics 1986 C’s ready to roll in playoffs A Pistons’ fan waves the white flag Leon Powe Fan Site Celtics win final game, Leon gets career high Metro C’s ready to start the postseason push Red’s Army Are you ready? [...]

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