Re: Reggie Lewis
posted at 7/28/2010 12:47 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Reggie Lewis
I always liked Lewis. But I don't think he was a franchise player Kevin Gamble was one of the most underrated players ever. When I was a kid we didn't get all the Celtics games on TV where I lived. If I remember rightly, they were split across two networks. I remember listening to a Celtics game on the radio. Gamble caught on fire and pretty much single handedly won the game for the C's, fresh off a 10 day contract. I had forgotten all about him. I wonder what ever happened to him? He was one of my favorites. And I don't know about the 90s because Reggie Lewis wasn't really Reggie Lewis until it was too late. I still remember where I was when he died. But I still think that year we lost to the Nets in the Eastern Conference Finals we were the better team. We were a couple of Kenny Anderson free throws away from being 4-0 angainst them in the regular season. To me, that was the one that got away. We should have beaten the Nets. And the Lakers definitely had us talent wise that year. But people forget that we were 2-0 against them that year. For some reason, we had their number. We just matched up well with them. Call me crazy, but I liked their chances in the Finals that year. I'm not one for excuses. But we were up 2-1 when Toine's knee became an issue. If Walker had been healthy there is no way KMart would have been the factor he was and we probably would have finished the Nets in 6. But again, sports are full of what ifs. The Red Sox should have won in 03. If Grady Little isn't mentally retarded and uses the hottest bullpen in baseball we finish off the Yanks and face the Marlins that we already swept that year including a 20 something run victory. I liked our chances. The Pats should have at least 5 titles by now. And who knows what could have been had the Bruins not choked against Philly. Montreal was pretty much a free pass to the Finals. We could do this forever. I'm pretty happy with the Celtics roster right now. If JO has anything left in the tank and we can sign Shaq to rebound and clog up the middle, I like our roster talent wise. If Gasol can shed his soft label I don't see why Jermaine ONeil can't. You can't deny he is one heck of an upgrade over Perk offensively. The thing that dampens my enthusiasim is that I'm not sure these games are decided on the court anymore, if you know what I mean. But that's a discussion for another time. Or not at all. It's been beaten to death. I guess, at this point, you can deal with it or you can walk away. Anyway, that was quite the rant. It would have been nice to see what Bias could have done in the pros. But I don't know if they would have been able to build a team around him. Remember, the Celtics weren't exactly known as big spenders under Dave Gavitt.
Posted by dafoe
I've thought about that 02 Celtics team as well, but let's remember that Walker is not why we lost. Toine is the guy who kept us in it. If we are to assign blame, then it has to be on Pierce. Before the series, his declaration of "no one on that team can stop me" seemed to mess with his own head. Basically we needed to win both games 3 and 4 at home to win the series (unlikely the Nets would have rallied from a 1-3 deficit).... Game 3 Toine was the only one providing ANY offense through the first 3 quarters, and it took Toine to sort of shake Pierce out of his funk for the Celtics to pull off the greatest 4th quarter comeback in playoff history (also, in game 2 Pierce was an abysmal 3 for 20).... In game 4 Toine was 10 of 17 from the floor with 30 points (3 of 7 from threes and 7 of 9 from the line), 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 turnovers... Yes, Pierce had 31 but couldn't match Toine's efficiency.... 10 of 21 from floor, 1 of 4 from threes, SIX turnovers... and 10 of 15 from the line, including the big misses in the closing seconds when we were down 2. Game 4 was basically a must win, our chance to seal it, when we needed Pierce to put up 40, and he wasn't able to come through. Now, that's not to knock Pierce persay, but it's to remind folks that it is by no means fair to point the finger at Antoine. Remember, yes we were 2-0 against the Lakers that year, but who was it that had the MOXIE to put up a triple double AT Los Angeles during that season?? Toine, with 30 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists (just 3 turnovers). Pierce meanwhile had 33 points, but only on 36% shooting, and with just 2 assists and 5 turnovers. And Toine with the clutch, memorable game winning 3!! Pierce got most of the acclaim, but Toine was the heart and soul of that team. Unfortunately most don't remember it that way, but to atone let's give the Brian Scalabrine roster spot to Antoine.