All Kramer had to do was deliver a simple line: “These pretzels are making me thirsty” and he would have had a speaking part in a Woody Allen movie.
But because Kramer is fake… and Seinfeld had to be funny… everyone over-thought the line… and Kramer’s chance at fame blew up in his face.
Well… these Celtics are making me pissy… because they’re blowing it for the same reasons Kramer blew it. They can’t just keep it simple. Everyone is over-thinking things. The Celtics need to ignore all the dramatics… the over emphasis on the mundane… and just do what they do normally.
The Celtics got here by playing hard, team defense. They played it in the third quarter, and they made building a 10 point lead look easy. But for some reason… they got away from it in the 4th. They started looking for daggers. They started shooting 3′s off of one pass… so they could shut up the crowd and maybe throw some more hand signals at the Hawks bench.
So stop crying about getting an individual defender in there to stop Joe Johnson. We’re not a 1-on-1 defending team. We’re about helping each other out… which almost no one did on Joe Johnson last night. We’re about being patient on offense and finding the best possible shot… which we rarely did in the 4th quarter last night. We’re about quietly putting together a 7-2 run here… and a 6-0 run there… until the other team looks up at the scoreboard and realized they’re down 20.
This isn’t about reinventing the wheel… or making drastic changes… or trying to draw any attention to yourself. This is about putting everything out of your head, walking out onto that court, and delivering your line like normal.
“These pretzels are making me thirsty”
And in case you need visual evidence of what happened last night…. here it is:
Herald: Celtics stuck in 4th | Johnson’s singular success | Pierce’s gesture no joke | Celtics must get groove back | Rondo takes 5th on accolade | Teams act up in front of commish | C’s stumble at bad time | Globe: Leveled | Favored now in tight quarters | Pierce fined for gesture | No ordinary Joe | Camerato: Hawks written off 2 early? | AJC: Hawks knock off angry Celtics | ESPN Daily Dime: Hawks fly past Celtics… again | Byron Scott to get COY | Lakers sweep | Howard goes 20/20 again… Magic eliminate Raps