Thank You Mr. D.

He’s the guy that bailed us out against Cleveland.

In the second half, Mr. D took the court.  Suddenly, there were no easy baskets.  Cleveland’s shots were challenged.  They weren’t given second chances.  The boys in white had their best buddy back, and they were all shutting LeBron and the Cavs down.  Mr. Defense smacked the Celtics in the face, looked them in the eye, and said “you’re better than these guys, but only with me around.”  A 13 point 3rd quarter later, we all remembered how much we need Mr. D around.  35 total Cavs points in the second half made us remember why we were even celebrating a championship Tuesday night.  38.8% shooting by the Cavs in the second half made us wonder why he wasn’t there for a full game. 

Here are some shots of the game from regular reader Jesse.  He apologized for the quality… which is funny… because I wish my pictures came out that well.

Scott over at BostonSportz thinks Bob Ryan is a bitter old man… because of his take on Paul Pierce’s speech.

And I suddenly really love Gregg Popovich… for this:  the best ever use of “Hack A Shack” (via The Hoop Doctors)

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8 Responses

  1. I agree with Scott, wholeheartedly. Paul’s speech was EXACTLY what I expected. The guy has worn his heart on his sleeve here in Beantown for his entire 11 year career. Does that mean he’s occasionaly said or done things that more stuffy old farts might consider “embarassing”? Sure it does. But that’s just it – Paul doesn’t care. And He Shouldn’t have to. That’s what sets him apart from all the other cookie-cutter stars in this league. He’s a real guy, not an underwear model with no brain and no heart.

    In that respect, there are a few other stars in this town who should take a lesson from Paul. Specifically, it’s OK to be human. The fans appreciate it more if they feel like you’re one of them. I mean, don’t get me wrong, the guy is a Hall of Famer and a legend and I love watching him play, but Tom Brady hasn’t shown one iota of emotion or caring about Boston and his place in it’s history since he won that first Superbowl back in 01/02. The guy is a boring stiff. He’s not even attending the games this season. How fucking disrespectful to your team is that? I don’t remember Tedy Bruschi or Rodney Harrison NOT standing on the sidelines for every game when they went down with injuries…. Same goes for more than a few guys on the Red Sox. Beckett? Does he even know where he plays? As much as I might disagree with his politics, I completely feel at ease with a guy like Curt Shilling, because you always know where you stand with him. He’s not trying to hide anything for fear of public reaction. Same with Papelbon. The guy is nuts, and that’s why we love him.

  2. I haven’t heard his speech… so I can’t really comment. But knowing what I know about Pierce, and hearing him speak time and time again, I’m giving him a pass even if that speech wasn’t what people “expected” or “wanted it to be”

    For Christ’s sake… did anyone see how emotional he was out there? What did they want… a written speech and teleprompters?

  3. The speech was basically like an Oscar acceptance speech – nothing outrageous – just Pierce thanking his family and high school coach and stuff like that (they were all in the stands). He finished up by talking about Red – it was a classy. I love Bob Ryan’s writing and insights but he definitely has trouble warming up to the “new” guys (aka anyone after the Bird era). Him calling Toine a punk a few years back was the first sign of Ryan’s curmudgeonly “get off my lawn” mentality.

  4. Honestly, I expected Ryan to show a bit more humility after his son’s death, but he’s only gotten more bitter and grumpy. Its’ too bad, he analyzes the game pretty well. Maybe he should just leave emotions out of it altogether.

  5. Has anyone found a recording of that speech? I should add the caveat that it is clearer than the youtube clip from the link in this article. I heard the radio played it when it was on. If anybody has anything at all I would love to see/hear it. Thanks

  6. That Popovich Hack a Shaq thing is hilarious!

  7. I agree with most of what Danno said with respect to a lot of Boston players not showing emotion. I suppose they don’t because of what the old guard (Ryan, CHB, ect..) will do to them when they feel the need to fire their gun. As for Papelbon, he’s a great pitcher but enough with the antics. Act like you’ve been there before. You have.
    Was at opening night and am loving the crowd. Should be a huge home court advantage this year.

  8. What I was most impressed with was Pierce’s weight and his regained athleticism. Was happy to see him blow by LBJ for a dunk early in the game, he looks like hes faster and more explosive so I’m lovin that!

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