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.
Belated links: Herald: Ainge in no rush to deal | Garnett rusty in return | C’s given boot in Denver | Globe: Camby still has time for Minutemen | Nuggets punch Celtics ticket | Contra Costa Times: Rondo proves point | Denver Post: Nuggets show no fear | Rocky Mountain News: Camby keys huge win | Power Rankings: #2 on ESPN | Hollinger too (Lakers #1)