Pistons vs. Celtics
Posted on: May 21, 2008 1:14 am
If you think, because of the two 7 game series against Atlanta and Cleveland, the Celtics don't have what it takes to make it to the promised land, you need to check yourself! The C's found their way out of their funk on the wings of "The Truth" and his explosive offense and "The Big Ticket" and his defensive philosophy. Watching the Celtics battle with Detroit tonight I realized one thing, if the Celtics play like the team with the best record in the NBA, the way they played pretty much all season, they are going to come out on top. Yeah, I know, it was another home victory, and so far that's been standard practice for Boston. But, the Detroit Pistons are not the Atlanta Hawks or the Cleveland Cavaliers, they are a team who has been there, and done that (with the championship belts to prove it). I felt that the energy, tenacity, and all around play-making ability of all the Celtics players showed tonight. This postseason, they've been defined by what they did wrong, and tonight, uh-uh, not even close to that. They let their play and the final score speak for them. They crashed the boards, they made the extra passes, they smothered the opposition, they created turnovers, they played Celtics ball, and most important, they came out on top. We set the tempo early by jumping out to an 8-0 lead, but got away from our game, because we let Detroit take us out of it. But, once the second half started, we didn't let up and we made the Pistons play our game. The result: they got to the line less, we got to the line a bit more, we got stops, they didn't, we won, they lost. I know all of the C's fans out there were waiting for a sign that we are the same team that won 66 regular season games and beat every team in the league at least once. I know we've been waiting to see how we'd match up against "a real playoff team". I know it's only one game and another home victory. I know the Pistons are going to say they were rusty from the rest. But, I also know, if we see more play like this all-around, we're going to be one step closer to the promised land.