Call me crazy… but I see tonight as a classic trap game for the Celtics. They’ve just come off huge back-to-back wins… and they’re getting ready for a huge game against New Orleans and hot MVP candidate Chris Paul on Saturday. That leaves, amazingly, Dallas as the “easy” game on this trip.
But no matter how you classify Dallas as an opponent… you almost have to expect a letdown after a huge comeback and the emotional blowout. The saving grace tonight could be Ray Allen… who is itching to get back into the lineup. He’s missed out on a lot of the fun… so he could carry the team. Also, KG might just want to use the marquee matchup against Dirk to just show Glen Taylor a little something about tanking.
One final note (I hope) about KG and tanking. The Rake makes perhaps the best point in this whole mess.
Because of Garnett’s sterling reputation and the frozen geography of the Timberwolves’ locale, Taylor’s calling out of his loyal superstar pretty much ensures that no prominent free agent will want to come to Minnesota in the near future.
So here are the Wolves… they finally got the balls to trade KG… get a bunch of young talent… and enough cap space to maybe lure a big name into town… and Taylor pulls this crap. Makes you wonder… how much of Kevin McHale’s failure as a GM can be attributed to Taylor?
If you’ve got 2 minutes… check out this video of Paul Pierce, Leon Powe and Clifford Ray on a fishing trip. It’s courtesy of my buddies over at Boston.tv. Here’s a tease: Leon catches a shark, a whale showed up, and Paul Pierce talked trash and promised a championship.
And if you want to make fun of Luis Scola, then head over to BostonSportz.
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