I have to be in Boston while McHale’s gift leads Boston to the most surprisingly excellent start in Celtics history. Then, I get back to Michigan, and my Pistons head to Beantown and take down the home team. Life isn’t fair.
Obviously Tony Allen bailed out Billups by making the kind of foul that veteran rotation guys don’t make. But the bigger problem for Boston is that the Tony Allens of the world are going to have to make important plays for them at key points in games that matter.
Kevin Garnett is better than Rasheed, Ray Allen in better than Rip. Pierce is neutralized by Tayshaun. Billups is bigger and better than Rondo. McNugget/Cwebb is better than Perkins. And our bench is much better than the Celtics bench.
The Stones, as always, are very good when they play hard and focused. They’re also geared towards the playoffs, while these Celtics seem to need the validity that comes from regular season dominance.
Despite the last two years, we’re still the class of the East. By the slimmest of margins.