Posted on: May 21, 2008 1:14 am

Pistons vs. Celtics

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.
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 19, 2008 1:27 am

The Solidification of the Boston Celtics

    Let me start by saying I've been a fan of the NBA since I could remember.  Being 25, my most prominent moments in the game belong mostly to Michael Jordan.  I admit, while my Celtics were on the downward slide, I rooted for the Bulls.  But, honestly, who didn't?  And, until this season, there hasn't been much ado in the NBA besides the Lakers, Shaq, Kobe, and LeBron.  Oh and I forgot about the lackluster Spurs Sorry Timmy and San Antonio, but we all have.  I  have watched a superstar in Paul Pierce compete fiercely in futility year after year in Boston... Until this year.  Dan the man has finally put all the pieces in place to bring another ring to the NBA city who owns the most.  We traded half of our team to get KG.  Picked up the best shooter since Reggie Miller in Ray Allen.  Then the rest was easy...  we were able to sway veteran shooters, rebounders, and champions, who in turn were able to get the young guns on our team to buy into the philosophy that we needed to win:  Play unselfish basketball, do all the little things right, and play with a passion and intensity that your opponent cannot even try to match.  The result:  the best record in the Eastern Conference and complete dominance over the Western Conference in head to head play.  We just beat the defending champs for the second time with an all-star on the bench, and to top that, we went and put an exclamatic stop to the second biggest winning streak in NBA history on the road in Houston.  I know we still have games to play and points to prove, but I can honestly say without a doubt in my mind, that the Boston Celtics are the best team in the league and it would take nothing short of a miracle to knock them out of their run for the trophy.  Try you must though; LA, Houston, Utah, Detroit, Orlando, San Antonio, Phoenix, New Orleans, Dallas, Golden State, and all the other teams that think they belong in a series with the Celts, but your attempts at greatness will be futile against the Mean Green.  We will not stop until we have our Tea Party.  We are not undefeated and we are not the Patriots.  But when push comes to shove: WE WILL NOT LOSE!
Category: NBA
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