Archive for the ‘celtics’ Category

The NBA never left!

March 14, 2008

A lot of new people/returning old people are watching the NBA this year. Which is undeniably a good thing—there’s plenty of room on the bandwagon, tell your friends.

Yesterday I called Pat just to rave about how fun the Phoenix-Golden State game was. Basketball people always overstate the importance of one game, but that was a big win for Phoenix. Shaq Deezy was completely ineffective, but they didn’t need him. Diaw gave some good minutes, and Amare completely abused the Golden State interior defense. You could put Charles Barkley back on the Suns tomorrow and he could eviscerate the Golden State interior defense. If an opponent gets inside the three point line, Golden State should immediately foul.

That being said, Monta and Baron are a really exciting one-two punch, and I can’t wait to see them in the playoffs. Nash is a huge defensive liability at this point (and at every point I can remember in his NBA career.)

My MVP top five:
1. Bron
2. Chris Paul
3. Kobe (I buy Simmons’ point that MVPs don’t piss away an eighth/a tenth of the season while sulking about management)
4. KG
5. Rasheed! That’s right, try to challenge that pick.

Allow me to do an impression of every Bostonian during my first five years here:

Wait, we have an NBA team? I don’t even like the NBA. When is spring training?

Right now Utah is battling the Cs in Boston, up nine with three minutes left. But you have to give KG a ton of credit—he has completely re-energized this basketball city. The crowd is intense and they’ve been going nuts all night. Glad to have the Celtics back in the NBA. I guess.


Mandatory and painful

March 6, 2008

I should probably say something about last night’s Stones-Celtics game, which I attended.

Let me first mention my seats:

We were in the “promenade” section, which is (at the same time) very inconvenient, very comfortable, and very far away from the hoop. It’s the highest point in the arena, and only accesible via the elevators, which is a pain. But once you’re up there, you have tons of space to roam and there’s about ten people for every toilet. Probably the most favorable person to toilet ratio of any arena section in the country. It’d be a perfect place to bring about 50 friends, because there’s only one row of seats and you can get up and talk to anyone else in the section at any time.

Also, if you bring an out-of-state ID, you have to be 25 to buy a beer. Lame action.

Back to the game: I don’t want to talk about the game. The Pistons were off all night, and despite making run after run after run, and continually making the game close, they’d then cool off and stop playing good basketball. They took terrible shots all night. Sheed kept us in the game for three quarters, though KG was even better.

And Rajon Rondo was really the difference, the same way Big Baby Davis was the difference last time. The Celtics just added SamIam and PJ Brown. They can only get better. We’re going to have to play really good basketball to beat them in a series.

Klosterman writing on the NBA

March 3, 2008

I don’t even have to read this before linking to it.

Is there any fan who dislikes KG?

January 17, 2008

Via Kelly Dwyer:

It’s the NBA’s most hilarious, unknown, and one-sided “rivalry.” Kevin Garnett absolutely hates Joel Przybilla. Seriously. Has for years. Further proof: “… oh man, here was Garnett, hurrying over, lips flapping, staring down Przybilla. Shouted Garnett: ‘I’ll chop his head off on the other end!'”

Some consolation

January 14, 2008

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.

Three things

January 10, 2008

1. The Falcons want Pete Carroll to be their coach. Why would they want him and why would he want the job? Big-time college coaches make crazy money now, and it’s so much easier to win at the college level. Carroll was bad in two NFL jobs before, and I doubt he’s gotten much better by being away from the league for so long. Maybe Carroll is using this to get USC to pay him better—that’s all I got for a rationale. (Also, Atlanta just hired a college guy and look how that turned out. College football is to pro football as bike riding is to the Tour de France. And steroids aren’t too helpful for coaches.)

2. The Pistons looked horrible last night against the Mavs. But that happens, especially on the road. My biggest question for Flip—why didn’t you get the bench more involved considering how cold everyone was? Herrmann came in at the end of the first half and completely shut down Dirk. Then he’s benched all third quarter while Dirk goes five for five and puts the game away. We’ve got good bench guys—get them in there.

3. The Celtics lost last night, and the crowd was SHOCKED. SHOCKED!

It’s definitely a pet peeve of mine when people completely overreact to one regular season loss. The great thing about pro sports is that the talent differential between teams isn’t as extreme as at the college level. The Bobcats at their best are going to be mediocre over the course of this season, but they still feature a few of the basketball players in the world. It’s not shockshockshocking that they might beat a good team now and again.

Quick thoughts on Stones-Celtics part 2

January 5, 2008

First of all, most of all: watching the Stones with the other team’s announcers is always horrible.

These two teams are very close to each other, and you don’t expect to have the game decided by Big Baby Davis. At least decided in favor of the Celtics. The Pistons can’t win if the Celtics’ bench outplays ours.

You have to give Boston credit for winning big games at home. Or in Detroit with a corpse-like crowd.


December 20, 2007

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.

The reasonably-sized trio

December 1, 2007

I hope the law firm of Matt’s future allows him to continue to send along videos:

Sorry for being so absent

November 26, 2007

Eric Neel gets to the bottom of what I’ve been feeling—–it’s hard not to like these Celtics. Since when is it hard to hate the Celtics?

And the more I watch, the more troubling my thoughts have become. The Celtics play passionate ball, I think. They play move-the-ball ball, I admit. They’re aggressive to the hole. They defend. They play as if every game matters. They play all four quarters. Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen — the three-headed monster — seem, in everything they do, to realize that they’ve been given this wildly improbable, incredibly rare gift from the basketball gods, and they seem, in everything they’ve done so far, determined not to anger the gods, not to piss this great good fortune away.

Tayshaun and Rip for KG? Please? Please?