Archive for the ‘Boston Celtics’ Category

The Facilitator: 4/24/08

April 24, 2008

I read so many sports blogs and surf through enough other random sites that I have decided it is finally time for me to start my own version of “links.” Seemingly every blogger has their own take on this, with their own witty name to boot, so who am I to break tradition?

So, ladies and gentlemen, the Facilitator’s inaugural post (note: I am picturing myself as Chris Paul while writing this).

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More Interesting Than the Actual Series

April 21, 2008

The Atlanta Hawks ended a playoff drought dating back to 1999 last week, earning them the right to be crushed by Boston Celtics in the first round.

Everywhere, Boston fans rejoiced. They then took a nap.

Game 1 provided little drama as the C’s easily took care of business against the “Oh, I forgot we actually have to play the games now” Hawks.

So, in light of little to post about the actual game, here is video of a much more interesting Celtics event. If you missed it, this is the ESPN SportsCenter Sunday Conversation with Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and KG. And the second is Kevin Garnett’s post-game press conference after the Game 1 victory last night. The thing to keep in mind during both of these that Kevin Garnett is insane, and I love him for it.


Bonus points for anyone who finds me that picture of KG in his undersized jean jacket.

MLK Day Massacre (To Be)

January 21, 2008

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First Pats-Chargers, now Celtics-Knicks? I love my friends.

You know how athletes like to dedicate plays, game balls, or even entire games to people? I’ve decided I’m going to start dedicating posts.

This first post goes out to my friend Alexei, a long time Knicks season ticket holder with enough loyalty (read that as stupidity) to feel sure that New York would not only bounce back from their dismal performance against the Celtics earlier in the year, but bounce back so strongly that they would get the Martin Luther King Jr. Day victory.

This one’s for you A-Phiz.

Since Alexei and I possibly have a wager on the game, I have decided that I will let you in on my betting strategy when it comes to picking point totals (and therefore spreads and over/unders). What you see below is the written version of what goes through my head before taking a bet with an over-exuberant friend dealing with another painful season of Knicks basketball.

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My Infidelity

January 17, 2008

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Is it coincidence that the lip-stick smudge is Trail Blazers red?

I never thought it would happen. On a night when the Celtics, my Celtics, were collectively shushing every NBA critic who questioned their excellency, I forgot that I should be rooting for them.

All had been great this year. The Celtics and I enjoyed each other’s company. I gushingly bragged about them to my friends in New York, reveling in the beauty of a young, budding relationship that seemed destined for greatness. I have even become so lovestruck that I constantly write about them here for all (all probably meaning two) of you to read here.

Yet, in the closing minutes of the Blazers game last night, I caught myself mumbling an unheard of statement. As KG stepped back from LaMarcus Aldridge just as he tried to initiate body contact in the post, causing Aldridge to travel as he fell to the floor, out came the kernel of my current state of confusion. “Damn,” I almost whispered.

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More Insanity from KG

January 17, 2008

I know that I talk about how bonkers KG is, but his intensity just simply can’t be talked about enough. Until you watch him on a nightly basis, you will never come close to even understanding it.

John Canzano from Oregonlive.com has an excellent article on how Garnett mentally victimized the Blazers last night, sapping their entire team’s confidence. It’s just another instance of why I will always love KG, and also why he should have every coaching attribute Doc Rivers receives this year forwarded to him.

What Now?

January 15, 2008

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Everyone agrees that the Celtics look tired. Even Kevin Garnett said so. Slow, sluggish, lethargic. Different words, same results: three losses in their last four, and two in a row to the Wizards.

It’s not a surprise the C’s reached a fatigue limit. Their 3 vets play substantial minutes nightly because when they’re not on the court the team flounders. Good scoring chances decline, as does the defense (notice that Pierce plays much better D when Ray Allen and KG are on the floor than when they are not).

These are all the evident things. The question isn’t what’s wrong though, it’s what happens now?

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Game Recap: Bobcats vs. Celtics

January 10, 2008

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One thing the Bobcats were not last night was intimidated. Not by the record, not by the winning streak, not by the home crowd, and most certainly not by the Celtics’ suddenly vaunted defense.

As we learned in last year’s playoff series between Golden State and Dallas, some teams simply match up well against others. Charlotte certainly has played Golden State to Boston’s Dallas this year, pushing the Celtics to, and now beyond, the brink in their two meetings this season.

Charlotte played hungry last night, attacking the basket, the boards, and sub-par Celtics one-on-one defense from the game’s start. Rarely have teams so handily outscored the Celtics in the paint this season, but a couple key factors attributed to the 42-28 disparity that the Bobcats enjoyed.

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Examining He Who Is KG

January 8, 2008

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KG mimicking his favorite emoticon

With the Celtics off until Wednesday, I want to make good on the chance to write about something that catches my eye every time I watch Kevin Garnett play.

There are many things to notice about KG’s game, the most obvious being the hunger he brings to the court each and every game. He constantly talks to himself during stoppages in play, consuming his own words as fuel for his intensity. His involvement in the game seems to increase during the times he sits on the bench, always barking out instructions or cheering on good play. And at least once a game, normally after a block or an and-one, he will clench both fists and his jaw, furrow his eyebrows, and fix his glare onto the floor just a few feet in front of him, completely immersed in his own swell of angry accomplishment.

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Revenge is a Dish Best Served By Babies

January 6, 2008

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Difference Maker

Never send a Beast to do a Baby’s job. On a night when the Celtics set out to avenge the last of their three losses so far this season, Glen Davis proved to be exactly what the C’s needed—a post presence not named Kevin Garnett.

Perkins, Pollard, and Powe should take note. Because apparently the job description seems very complex to them. First of all, Davis stood under the hoop with his hands up. That part is important, and no one consistently does it. Surprisingly, when there are 3 superstars on the team, more often than not you will be wide open if you simply stand under the hoop while said stars make the defenses move.

Secondly, Davis cleanly caught passes while standing under the hoop. Not only that, but he then proceeded to make lay-ups, something Perkins, Rondo, and Ray Allen have had tremendous trouble doing as of late.

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“New England,” Latin for “Shut it”

December 30, 2007

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Play along at home

Yes Randy Moss, a tip of the hat to you and yours.

While my hat is T.I.’d (not arrested, tipped you idiots), one to you as well, Boston Celtics.

Why the hat tipping? Here’s one for sticking it to the haters.

With talks of easy scheduling, cheating, or any other nonsense that is “unearthed” on a near daily basis, the Patriots and Celtics continue to live by this simple mantra: win always, against whoever, however it is necessitated.

You see, professional sports are hard. Yeah, amazing right? The athletes are so uber-gifted it should give you a headache. Get off your butt (in between games), go down to your local gym, and find a group of high-school varsity players some time. In any sport, I dare you. They’ll eat you alive.

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