Re: Finally, the Celtics play like the Celtics!
posted at 4/24/2011 11:29 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Finally, the Celtics play like the Celtics!
[QUOTE]In Response to Finally, the Celtics play like the Celtics! : My 73 year old stepfather said the same thing - the Cs are starting to play a lot better. Then he asked me whether I thought they had a chance against the Heat. I said well let's see, the Cs are only starting to play Celtics basketball because the Knicks are missing their point guard who generally Rondo can't deal with and gets pushed around by (see game 1 as an example), they then lost debatably their best player in game two, a game the Cs likely would have lost had Amare not gone out. Further the Heat steamrolled their way into the playoffs by winning about 18 of their last 20 whereas the Cs limped into the playoffs losing about half of their last 20. The last time the Cs played the Heat they were embarrassed off the floor - of course my stepfather countered they beat them 3 times before that - and I countered the first one was the first game the Heat ever played together and I believe all 3 included Shaq (not sure on that though). So what exactly is it that the Cs are doing right now that one considers "finally playing like the Celtics"? My stepfather went to Stonehill college - so I used this analogy, Stonehill College is in the process of beating Brockton High School in a series where Stonehill barely won game 1 where Brockton's 3rd best player went down with an injury, and then in game 2 Brockton's best player went down and again Stohehill barely won, then Stonehill blows out Brockton in game 3 effectively without Brockton's best and 3rd best player...... and after they sweep Brockton, UConn will be waiting for Stonehill. So this analogy is what I use to assess whether the Cs are finally playing Celtics basketball. I wrote here that I thought the Cs would go 7 and 6 in the playoffs this year, 6 against the Knicks and 7 against Miami (I think it was in the 16 Wins to #18 thread). Well it turns out because of the injuries the Cs and Knicks will not go 6 but the second series should go 6 or 7. So their playoff record will likely be 7 and 4, not quite the 16 wins needed to raise number 18 to the rafters.
Posted by TheDUDDER[/QUOTE]
I don't know what game 1 you were watching, but rondo outplayed billups. billups matched rondo's 10 points but shot 27% from the field and had more turnovers (4) than assists (3). versus rondo who had a near triple double with only 1 turnover and a crucial alley-oop to garnett.
re game 2: when melo takes 30 shots, there aren't a lot left for stoudemire. in any case, the likes of jeffries and turiaf were a lot more aggressive on the boards than stoudemire is, and the 20 offensive rebounds were, along with melo, the only thing keeping them in the game.
form doesn't matter in the playoffs, matchups do, and we match up with the heat better than anyone. we had shaq for 2 of the encounters, but the third was the most impressive win. we had no bench, coming off a difficult stretch of games, pp had the worst night of his career (1pt, 0-10 shooting), and we still pulled out the win. even in our most recent encounter, our big 3 outscored theirs, and it took a flash-in-the-pan, once-off effort from the worst supporting cast in the league to beat us.
these celtics have already proved you wrong once. they can prove you wrong again.