Re: Tainted Championship
posted at 7/22/2010 6:23 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Tainted Championship
the celtics really did play with a lot of heart. so much fun to watch...heartbreaking, but an awesome series with an unpredictable and questionable outcome. after their questionable season, it makes sense that the starting 5 could get the celtics back to the finals. the celts did everything right, regardless of finishing 4th in the conference. i think doc and the big 3 knew what they were doing, and that was making it to the playoffs and saving enough mojo to play some serious hoop (see Rasheed Wallace) when it mattered most. with all that being said, the truth is: 1) the series and championship STILL goes to the lakers if Andrew Bynum is healthy. we can argue that Perk's injury cost us the title (along with so many other points of interest) but the reality is that even with Perk playing, the lakers still beat us without their big center. imagine how much more the lakers would have out-rebounded the celtics if THEIR team was complete. consider the celtics lucky that Bynum was hindered 2) maybe the bench (specifically baby, kryptonate, and TA) should have seen some more time in game 7. that's fair, but don't blame Doc for putting his BEST players and leaders on the court when everything was at stake. while KG is clearly not the beast he was when he first arrived in boston, he's still got some game- he's just old and tired and it showed when he ran out of gas in the 4th quarter. pierce was being guarded by maybe the best defensive small forward in the NBA. give artest his props. and inconsistent ray allen... the celtics needed him to be on, and he just didn't have it that night. 3) kobe made the big shots in the 4th quarter. i hated watching it, and i couldn't believe it. but big players hit big shots. game 7 mvp for sure. but series mvp? no way, that should go to that big, tall, ugly, awkward, white guy regardless of whether he committed fouls or had an up-and-down or not. remember when kobe won 3 championships with shaq? bynum was meant to be his new shaq, but gasol had to step up with bynum's injury, ESPECIALLY AGAINST THE CELTICS. and he did 4) the officiating was pretty horrendous in that last quarter. the celtics were victims of those circumstances, and had a call gone one way or another they probably would be champs. BUT the lakers made the most of their gift. the tired celtics let LA, who were choking at the time, back in the game. As pissed as I was about the celtic's loss, i'm just glad i was able to witness an incredible celtic basketball postseason. sorry for the rant, but who else is with me when i ask "rubber match next year?"
Posted by Foster
That's a great post. These two teams were basically even, and someone had to lose. That's just a mathematical truth. SOMEONE HAD TO LOSE. It doesn't mean the title was "stolen".
I would take issue with your analysis (and everyone elses) of the 4th. I listened to the radio interview in L.A with Brian Scallabrini, who, as you know, went to USC. He said the officiating was excellent the entire game. He didn't point out anything in the 4th.
I find it interesting that the officiating was accepted by the announcers as ok by and large, and you had a former NBA point gaurd and coach there. You had a Celtics PLAYER who actually praised it, yet all of these fans who have never played are criticizing it and claiming they knew what the correct calls were.
That's the most bizarre part of the whole thing.
IF the officiating was biased in any way, shape, or form, you have to realize, these guys are human. They are affected by the crowd for sure, in the same way an opposing team is. That's not "rigging", that's just life. Big game calls ALWAYS go the direction of the more aggressive team, ESPECIALLY if that team is the home team.
That's just a fact of life in the NBA. It's not a "collusion",
it's just a result of perception (the aggressor is perceived as the victim of more calls), and home court pressue (refs are human like anyone else). AND ALL TEAMS GET THOSE BREAKS, INCLUDING THE CELTICS.If the C's wanted that advantage, they shouild have won more f'ing regular season games and got homecourt
. Maybe your coach wasn't such a genius after all for sitting his guys in the regular season, because HOME COURT DID MATTER.
How about taking some ownership and saying, "hey, maybe Doc should have gone for homecourt". Or, "hey, maybe our players missed too many open shots", or "hey, maybe we need to go out and get someone that drives more and is more aggressive at the basket to get late fouls", something where you TAKE OWNERSHIP and accept the loss.