The only redeeming thing about the Pistons’ loss to the Knicks was that it happened to coincide with back-to-back Celtic defeats at the hands of the Wizards.
DeShawn Stevenson made me forget about Gil Arenas tonight—it doesn’t seem like that should be happening. Plus, Caron Butler was hugemondez down the stretch. But, otherwise, the Wizards didn’t play exceptionally well. They were great from the line, and Haywood continues to look better than ever (is this a contract year?) but they just did enough to hang around and then hit big shots when it mattered.
Tonight I was openly rooting against the Celtics. The way I root against Ohio State. Not because of any animosity towards the players—as a matter of fact, I can’t think of one guy on the squad that I dislike individually. But where in past years I wanted the Cs to do well because I live in Boston and enjoy watching good basketball, now we’re in the midst of a pretty legitimate rivalry for tops in the East. There’s a lot less room to be sympathetic to the other side.
I think Sheed goes for 30 tomorrow.