Archive for November, 2007

November 30, 2007

nelson is a celtics fanThe Knicks should thank Nate Robinson.

That B.S. 3 from half court gave the Knicks 59 points… one more than their worst ever performance in the shot clock era.  But who are we kidding?  We all know Rajon Rondo could have just put up a shot that bounced off the rim and ran out the clock on a 104-56 win.  Don’t give the Knicks credit for avoiding historical crappiness… deride them for being suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.  Go ahead… point and laugh… they deserve it.

ny postThey have the highest payroll in the NBA… not that they deserve it.  Blame that one on the two most incompetent people in all of sports:  Isiah Thomas and James Dolan.  Zeke is like one of those teenaged a-holes on “My Super Sweet 16″… and Dolan is the bigger a-hole parent who gives the kid a blank check and an American Express Black card.  And what do they get for their money?  A bunch of pouting quitters who don’t have the personal pride to at least try not to embarrass themselves. 

Yeah… they hate their coach.  I do to.  Maybe they quit on national TV to embarrass the Knicks into firing him.  Fine.. but who’ll coach them next?  Some softie the players can walk all over… or some hard-ass who’ll get everyone pissed off at him?  The Knicks are screwed… and we saw it on full display last night.

nydailynewsThe Celtics, however, are in a good position.  All of the starters were gone by the fourth quarter… Kevin Garnett was making fun of Craig Sager’s suit… and Big Baby is showing serious signs of being THE steal of the draft.  Although Chuck is right… can that guy dunk… or his he too… um… big boned?  I think the C’s set themselves up for a win that’s a little more comfortable relying on DWade missing a last second shot.

Herald:  Hard Knick Life  |  Knicks knock no shock  |  D turns it up a notch  |  Globe: Celtics light up Knicks  |  Smoke signals loud and clear  |  Tony Allen out for C’s  |  NY Daily News:  Isiah has to go  |  NY Post:  Rock Bottom  |  NY Times:  Knicks flop in prime time  |  C’s are the example of how quickly a team can turn around  |  Boston Beatdown  |  T&G: Green with envy  |  Celts knock Knicks  |  Newsday:  Isiah’s not a fan of Boston (ed. note: Oh boo f’ing hoo)  |  ESPN Daily Dime:  Can tonight be the end for Isiah?  |  Sun Sentinel:  C’s become contender overnight


How You Like Them Apples?
November 29, 2007

Hey Quentin Richardson, you were right, the Big 3 ain’t nothin’. And we have no bench. Then how the hell did the Celtics whip the Knicks like dogs? The final: 104-59. You do the math (the lead reach a high of 52 for those who enjoy watching Isiah suffer). In his postgame interview, KG said Doc put Q’s not-so-smart comments (see post below) on the bulletin board and it fueled the C’s. That sounds great, but Boston University could have beaten the Knicks tonight.

Box Score | Recap | Highlites

Another benefit of this annihilation. KG, Pierce and Ray Allen sat out the entire fourth quarter. That rest should come in handy during Friday’s game in Miami (this analysis courtesy of Fire Doc). 

Here are my quick observations:

-Rondo (10 pts, 5-8 FG) looked awfully comfortable on offense tonight.  Then again, so did the entire Celtics team.

-TNT’s HD feed sucks.

-Glenn “Big Baby” Davis has played well (13 pts), but I seriously question whether he can dunk. He had two wide open chances and chose layups.

-How’s this for hustle in a blowout? KG blocks David Lee’s dunk attempt, then sprints down court beating everyone else and gets fouled going for a lay-up. All this with the C’s up 30.

-Despite the huge lead, Eddie House (15 pts) continued to take and drain 3’s. Maybe he’s Bill Belichick’s secret love-child.

-James Posey nearly killed Cedric Maxwell and Sean Grande after diving over the table for a loose ball.

-Isiah Thomas is so full of crap. Craig Sager reported a ridiculous story that Isiah claims to be so paranoid of Boston, he won’t order room service. (He claims someone tried to food-poison him back in the 80s.) Instead he had popcorn from the mini-bar for dinner. That is a big load of BS. How about sending the towel boy out to pick you up a burger?

In other NBA news, the highly overrated Phil Jackson reportedly signed a two year, $24 million extension with the Lakers. Here’s to two more seasons of the #8 seed in the playoffs.

Familiar Theme
November 29, 2007

The Celtics may have started off 11-2, but the rest of the league is apparently tired of all the Big 3 hype. First Stephen Jackson, now Quentin Richardson (See Big 3? Big Deal post below).

It’s not that big a deal to us,” Richardson said of facing the 11-2 Celtics. “It’s like the media makes more of The Big Three and all of them. We’re not in awe of them. They ain’t won no championships. They have a good record right now, but that don’t matter. Dallas showed that [last season].”

I’m not expecting him to kiss our ass, but his team is 4-9. It’s like celebrating a dunk while your team is being blown out. But wait, it gets better.

“They’re not that deep of a team,” Richardson said. “After those three, there’s a significant dropoff.”

Thanks for the insight Q. After those three future Hall of Famers, there is a drop-off. Any of the Knicks starters would be considered a “significant drop-off.”

Previous to those comments, there was the chance this game could get testy. The last time these teams played (in the pre-season) a hard foul by Jamal Crawford on Ray Allen led to a small scrum. Here’s hoping Leon Powe plays tonight.

Hide Your Women
November 29, 2007

zeke the molesterZeke The Molester is in town… here to sexually harrass your bitches women (sorry… I forgot Isiah gets offended by that)

“A white male calling a black female a bitch is highly offensive,” Thomas said. “That would have violated my code of conduct.”

“Maybe I shouldn’t go there. … A white male calling a black female, that is wrong with me. I’m not taking that. I’m not accepting that. … That’s a problem for me.”

Isiah Thomas is an ass.  Everything the touches falls apart.  He was a great player… hell… one of the greatest ever.  But it’s been nothing but embarrassment and disaster since then. 

This Knicks team should be good.  It shouldn’t be 4-9.  I know they’ve got a ton of selfish, overpaid swing men… but they’ve also got Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph on the blocks and they SHOULD be dominating.  But they’re not.  They’re up and down and it’s because Isiah Thomas is, perhaps, the most incompetent man on the face of the earth.  He’s the anti-Larry Brown.  Brown goes from team to team and generally leaves them in a better position than before.  Zeke makes everything worse. 

The Knicks present a match-problem for the C’s.  They’re too strong up front and one of those two guys on the blocks can have success pushing KG around a little.  But this team has no heart… and a quick start by the C’s will result in a blow out… and more calls for Isiah’s head.

By the way… remember… tonight’s game is on TNT.  And if you’re going to the game… bring a toy… and help a kid.

Bleacher Report:  How Boston’s Role Players Have Raised the Bar  |  Herald:  Isiah – Green suits KG  |  Knicks scouting report  |    Rondo’s blog:  “The Road”  |  Globe: Miller’s time had gone  |  Globe relevant again  |  Pierce’s patience paying off  |  Knicks eager to get tested  |  Big 3?  Big Deal  |  Lee losing minutes  |  Little 2 keeps pace with Big 3  |  True Hoop:  LeBron and Pierce Rivalry  |  GotGarnett:  Rond’oh

Our First Sweatshirt!
November 28, 2007

The Red's Army is happy to offer our first ever sweatshirt… which is convenient since it’s pretty damn cold out there right now. 

It says “Red’s Army  Proud Soldier since 2005” which happens to be when we launched. 

Oh… don’t worry if you live in Florida or someplace like that.  This design is still available on TShirts.  Hell…. we even put this one on a mousepad!  Makes a great gift!

So head on over to our store to check it out.  Thanks to those of you who’ve already bought stuff from us.  You’ve helped a very worthy cause… Chuck’s bi-monthly botox treatments.

Minute Men
November 28, 2007

ray allen's mpgI’m officially starting to get worried.

No…  not that the Celtics lost.  It’s going to happen.  Even a 60 win team loses 22 games.  The Celtics came out last night…. ran a stagnant offense… and lost.  If anything, I’m encouraged that a stagnant offense could produce 104 points. 

What I’m worried about… as you’ve probably guessed by the headline and the photos…  are the minutes our Big 3 are logging.

Ray Allen… the oldest guy in the bunch… played 49 minutes last night.  49 MINUTES!  Keep in mind… he rolled his ankle a couple of nights ago and had to sit out a practice… and the Celtics have just started a 4 game in 6 night stretch. 

Last night’s 49 minute marathon (there are 53 minutes in an overtime game) pushed Ray Ray’s average up to 40.4 minutes a game (more…)

Gooden Got Us
November 27, 2007

ESPN will probably show you a ton of LeBron James highlights… but it was Drew Gooden that killed the Boston Celtics, ultimately leading to a 109-104 overtime loss.  Bron Bron handled the overtime scoring duties… but Gooden was unstoppable in the 3rd and 4th quarters…He finished with 24 pts (11-15 FG) and 13 rebounds. Not bad for a man with the worst beard in all of sports.

 Box Score | Recap | Highlites 

Sorry, but I can ignore the fact that Killer Ray Allen missed two free throws as the game was tied at 92 with 22 seconds left in the 4th quarter. There were a lot of reasons the C’s lost this game, but watching Ray miss two free throws with the game on the line is simply stunning. And when did it become acceptable in the NBA for superstars to dribble out 21 seconds on the clock and then hoist a deep jumper at the buzzer? That shot by LeBron was just awful. How about running a play? A screen? Or actually have the 4 others guys on the court move? It was hideous and that’s one example of why team basketball in the NBA is still subpar.

We also want to call out KG. Please take more shots. I love Ray and Paul, but I’d much rather have Garnett taking shots around the basket then those guys bombing away. He needs to be more aggressive. Doc Rivers needs to tell the guys to get him the ball.

Check out Wyc Grousbeck’s full interview with the lovely Lisa Hughes on WBZ. And Banner 17 – a column by our buddy Pete Masucci is a damn good read. 

And finally, I want to give a shout out to my new nephew, Chase Brisebois. The little guy arrived late Monday night. Your uncle can’t wait to take you to the Garden.

LeBron’s The New Pierce (or Ray… or KG)
November 27, 2007

lebron james, kevin garnett and paul pierceLeBron James is a freak of nature.  He’s also what each one of our new Big 3 used to be:  The lone stud on a team full of non-studs. 

Our guys have lived that life before… so they know his pain.  If Cleveland is smart… they’ll look at KG’s situation and realize… this guy needs help… or else he won’t be around for much longer.  KG is pretty much saying so himself:

“As a player who has to do everything, you store it in the back of your mind for future reference that you need some help. I’m pretty sure he’s doing some of that – that if they don’t get him some help, he has to make some lifelong decisions about his career”

That won’t make Cleveland fans happy.  LeBron’s putting up triple-doubles on an almost nightly basis… and he CAN’T be thrilled with walking into a former doormat’s house and seeing a revamped team like the C’s.  LeBron must be looking at Pierce and thinking “I want that kind of help… but I don’t want to wait until I’m 30 to get it.”

Don’t forget to join us for our post game show tonight.  Game time is 7… so the show is scheduled for 9:30-10.  Visit our show page to listen.  Call (718) 508-9841 to join in.

Herald: Injured Allens throw wrench in plan  |  Globe: Cavs thumbnails  |  More Power Rankings: #1 on  |  #4 in Hoopsworld  |  Camerato:  Who takes the last shot?  |  Hoopsworld’s Cav’s preview  |  Pruitt’s stay in Utah a short one  |  Celtics D key to their dominance  |  LeBron vs. Garnett:  King-sized MVP battle  |  USA Today:  KG leads MVP race  |  3 Celtics, 1 goal

Both Allens Hurt, Pruitt Returns
November 26, 2007

gabe pruittRay Allen rolled his right ankle on Saturday, but played through it to nail the game winner.  Tony Allen suffered a bruised thigh in the same game.  Neither practiced today.  So that means Gabe Pruitt is coming back from the NBDL.

Now aren’t you glad I’ve been telling you how he’s been doing?  It’s possible he’ll go back down again

In an interesting move, it looks like the Globe released Peter May’s Tuesday column on Scot Pollard in their blog tonight.  Is it a mistake?  Is it a new policy?  Who cares?

Call Me
November 26, 2007

PhoneConsider this a friendly reminder. John and I will be hosting a call-in show Tuesday night following the Celtics-Cavaliers game (9:30 – 10 pm).

We’d love to get more callers. Please don’t be intimidated by the professional nature of the show. While your opinion probably isn’t right, we still want to hear it. Plus, there’s plenty of D-League news John wants to discuss.

Here’s the number (718) 508-9841. Make it number one on your cell phone speed-dial.  You can also click here to listen.

In other news, ESPN’s new power rankings are out for the week. The Celtics are 4th, behind the Suns, Spurs and Magic. I know we lost to Orlando, but we are the better team.