Archive for May, 2008

Let’s Blow It Up
May 30, 2008

A win tonight could do more than just put the Celtics in the NBA Finals. 

It could blow the team up.

After six consecutive trips to the Eastern Conference finals, Detroit only has two trips to the NBA Finals and one NBA title to show for it.

So many close calls, year after year, may prompt team president of basketball operations Joe Dumars to do more than just tweak his roster this summer.

And it’s not just the players who might be on their way out.

Saunders inherited a team that advanced to the NBA Finals back-to-back seasons before his arrival. Now in his third season, the Pistons have never been past the conference finals.

It would give me great satisfaction if the Celtics could force the Pistons to scrap things and start over.  These players have a lot of miles on them.  They can’t maintain this level for much longer.

Meanwhile… Doc Rivers is taking a shot at his critics:

“I like what we’ve done,” he said. “I coach the way I coach. I’ve always laughed at some of the criticism. I was joking with someone the other day, and I said, ‘Answer me this. Why would someone listen to a guy that hasn’t played, he hasn’t coached . . . some of the guys have never even been reporters, they’re bloggers, and not listen to a guy and his whole staff who have played and coached? Now who’s the fool? Me, or the people listening to them?’ ”

I wonder if Doc is referring at all to Red’s Army?  We don’t get on him nearly as much as other blogs do… but we share our opinion.  If it helps at all, Doc, I don’t fall into that “hasn’t played, he hasn’t coached . . . some of the guys have never even been reporters” category.  I’ll just leave it at that. 

Now will you give Eddie House some more time?

Herald:  Celtics seek 6th sense  |  New 3 must past finals test  |  Inside story:  Celtics backed off late  |  Long time coming  |  Hamilton crucial to Pistons plans  |  Saunders excited for game 6  |  Sheed must stay in control  |  Globe:  6th sense  |  Ryan:  C’s have advantage in long run  |  Belichick has been there for Celtics  |  Hamilton status unknown  |  Souza: Celtics ready to rumble  |  C’s hope to seal the deal  |  Megliola:  Hoping for a restful Sunday  |  T&G:  Celtics want an extra day off  SI:  Collins will coach Bulls

It Is Our Destiny
May 30, 2008

Maybe its time to face it… greater forces are at work here. 

The Celtics and Lakers have no choice… we must face each other in one, epic final battle

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Order Now… You Know… Just In Case
May 29, 2008

Beat LA shirtWe have some unfinished business with the Pistons… but unfortunately… UPS doesn’t have a teleporter.  So you should get your orders in now for our “Beat LA” and “Anti-Kobe” shirts.

Economy shipping (7-9 days for delivery) costs $5.  Standard shipping (4-6 days) is $7. 

If you are so afraid of jinxes that you want to pretend I didn’t even post this, then you can wait until Saturday and pay for Premium shipping (3-4 days), but that’s $13. 

 anti kobe shirt

How to Break the Trap
May 29, 2008

Everyone knows the Celtics are struggling with the Pistons trapping defense. Fortunately for Doc Rivers and the guys, I’ve dug up some secrets to beating these types of defenses:

-Never pick up your dribble without knowing where you will pass the ball.
-Encourage, or draw, the double team and then pass before they can set it up.
-Remain poised. Don’t let one mistake lead to 2 or 3.
-Beat them up the court by fast breaking, then they cannot set up their press.

If only I could find a way to get these tips to the Celtics. All kidding aside, these are valid. If the Celtics simply executed them last night in the 4th quarter, they’d have had an easy win. Basketball isn’t so hard after all. 

Rasheed Wallace Is Slightly Upset
May 29, 2008

Then again… I might be wrong.  I’m rusty on my morse code.  You can judge for yourself from his postgame comments last night.

I’m sure he’s already written the league a check for the fine.

UPDATE: Wallace was fined $25K for using profanity and criticizing the refs. That’s $15 to you and me.

Theo Ratliff… Meet KG
May 29, 2008

Ouch, baby.  Ouch

Fines For Flopping: Bad Idea
May 29, 2008

pj brown and aderson varejaoThe NBA is going to start fining players for flopping

NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson confirmed the new policy Wednesday night saying: “What was clearly expressed to the committee is that we would begin imposing fines next season for the most egregious type of flops. When players are taking a dive, for lack of a better term.”

It sounds like a good idea.  But I don’t like it.  I’m already on record as saying you should blame the refs, not the floppers, for what’s happening.  If someone takes a dive… then let them get torched on the play.  Make it a no call and let the offensive team play 5 on 4.

But here’s where the NBA just screwed itself. 

There will be a scenario where a guy will egregiously flop… but draw a foul.  What does the NBA do?  Does it fine a guy for the flop and make the refs look bad for calling a foul on that play?  Or does the NBA look bad by not fining a guy BECAUSE the ref fell for it and called a foul on the play?

And how long before someone split-screens two flops that look the same… but one drew a fine because the ref didn’t fall for it… and one didn’t draw a fine because the ref fell for it.

Either way… the NBA just set themselves up to make the refs look even worse.  This whole thing wouldn’t be an issue if NBA refs had enough balls to make a no-call on these plays.  I guess that wasn’t an option.

I Wonder What Bill Sees In Her
May 29, 2008

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Linda Holliday, girlfriend of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, laughs as she hides two basketballs from her favorite Celtic, Ray Allen.

By the way… I’m well aware that I said this about guys wearing those shooting sleeves.

They don’t make you shoot better.  They only make you look like a giant douche.  “Hey… look at me… I’ve got a cut up piece of pantyhose on my arm.  I’m cool.”  No… you’re not. 

But considering what we’ve seen from Ray lately… I don’t care if he wears Daisy Dukes and a halter top  if he keeps shooting like that.

Hey… that’s not a  bad ide……. errr…. HEY!! Look at what loyal reader Jesse Haley made for us!!!

I Got A Tingle
May 29, 2008

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I’m going to admit a little something here.

I had to listen to the last two excruciating minutes (which took about 30 minutes of actual time to play) in my car.  And at the end, when I heard “… and the Celtics are now just one win away… from the NBA finals”… I got a little tingle.

In fact… I just got one again typing that. 

I would like to stress that this is no guarantee.  It’s a 7 game series… not a 5 game series.  If the Celtics don’t go get it done in Detroit tomorrow… then we have to play yet another Game 7… and I just don’t want to do that.  So 1 win away give me a tingle of anticipation… a tingle of hope… but it can quickly turn into doom and despair.  That’s the thing with situations like this.  The anticipation magnifies everything.

What I hope is that the Celtics understand this too… and that NOT making the finals would be a horrible disappointment.  Gentlemen… I say we MUST win Game 6.  The promos are running right now:  the Finals start Tuesday.  We can either sit here in that “play every other day” cycle that is slowly killing this team… or we can suck it up and win Game 6… and enjoy some rest.

— edit:  Game 1 of the Finals is Thursday… but I think my point still stands:  The Celtics need all the rest they can get.

Herald:  Celts hang on  |  Perk makes it Big 4  |  KG steps up in big game  |  Ray finds stroke at right time  |  Hamilton fires for Pistons  |  Rivers puts Pistons on line at the end  |  T’d Wallace rips refs  |  Tony Allen on the shelf  |  Celtics almost turned into choke artists  |  Pistons in trouble because of Perk  |  Ratliff makes best of opportunity  |  Globe:  Leading men  |  Ryan:  Allen acting like himself  |  Finally, another opportunity  |  Perk’s biggest contribution yet  |  KG made it look routine  |  Maxiell valuable energy source  |  Tony Allen hurt in pickup game  |  Video:  Postgame reaction  |  Souza:  Sweating out a win  |  Post-deadline thoughts  |  Megliola:  Electric, clutch victory |  Camerato:  Hamilton strains elbow in loss  |  SI:  Ray Allen the turning point  |  ESPN:  C’s close.. but not championship ready


Feeling Good?
May 29, 2008

Because Rip Hamilton is always flopping around and flailing, I didn’t believe he was really hurt in the final seconds of last night’s game. But he apparently hyperextended his right elbow. X-rays were negative but Rip had the arm in a sling as he was leaving the Garden.

“It’s sore a little bit,” Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. “We’re going to have to wait and see how it is [Thursday] and how it is in 48 hours.” “He got a little bit of, I think, hyperextended in there on the rebound on that one defensive sequence that we had,” Saunders said. “He was great again tonight, especially in the last three quarters. Hopefully he’s going to be ready to go for us.”

No way Rip misses this game. But a sore right elbow can’t be good for a jump shooter.