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Stranglehold: Game 3 Open Thread

 

A win tonight puts the Magic in a place from which no NBA team has ever come back. A win tonight means the 2010 Celtics will either go to the NBA Finals or fall victim to a collapse unparalleled in league history. 

And a loss? A loss means Monday becomes a stressful work day as we wait for the clock to tick down to the tip-off of a suddenly pivotal Game 4. I’d like my Monday to be relaxing so I can focus on my job, thank you very much. 

Consider this your Game 3 open thread. What adjustments have the Magic made? How is Boston coping with those adjustments? Who’s guarding Pierce? Has Rashard Lewis made a shot? 

Tell us what you’re seeing, and enjoy the game.

  • dont_drink_the_koolaid

    pic says 1000 words

  • VenturaCelticFan…FTL

    Let’s go Green! Perfect 70 degree weather in SoCal and I have spent the last 4 hours indoors in silence mentally preparing myself…

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Barnes on Pierce tonight. Should we expect some animosity?

  • I love Green

    We win this game, we sweep the Magic. Lets gooooo Celtics!!!!!

  • MP

    We’re getting owned tonight.

  • Zain

    @MP

    Nice reverse jinx

  • DeVelaine

    Well… At least one commenter is already going to be correct tonight.

  • sacbobv

    KG & BBD will keep Lewis “Rasharding his shorts”!

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    I like that the first clip in the pre-game playoff highlight montage is Bird to DJ against the Pistons.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Jason Williams needs a better hairdo.

  • complexity

    Hopefully the Celtics have a better time finding Jesus than Richard Hawkins with the new match up.

  • I love Green

    Pierce is staying hot!

  • dslack

    Nice to see Ray Ray get started.

  • I love Green

    BOOOM BABY!!! Jesus Shuttlesworth pumps up the crowd

  • dslack

    And Shard stays cold.

  • complexity

    Wow. I thought this might happen, let’s go!!

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Fun start, huh?

  • I love Green

    Rondo just flopped like crazy

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Didn’t like that possession. Too much passing. But why am I complaining?

  • I love Green

    Great defense KG!

    And Perkins in the post against Howard…come on Perkdog

  • DRJ1

    Everybody’s playing like they’re nervous… both sides

  • dslack

    Rondo should have taken it all the way.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Ehh. A great first 2 minutes followed by bleh.

  • complexity

    Jesus has arrived!

  • dslack

    That’s a throwback by Jesus!

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Throw it down, Ray!

  • DRJ1

    Ray… the one guy on the court who always stays cool

  • Zain

    Could be a better start, but not bad. Magic still seem cold.

  • VenturaCelticFan…FTL

    As Celtic fans, we can never complain about Kobe getting that call again…

  • dslack

    There’s a 3-second violation every time down. The most inconsistently called violation in the NBA.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Defense. Defense. Defense. Orlando’s pet screen/rolls getting nothing.

  • sacbobv

    Let’s keep cutting out their heart AND then stomp the He!! out of it!!!

  • complexity

    Ray Ray!!!

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Jake G. promo is embarrassing for everyone.

  • dslack

    Another miss at the rim for Rondo. :)

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    That Rondo sprint-in offensive board was fantastic. Howard had no idea that was coming.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Hahah. Cracked me up how Perk thought about the jump shot… and then passed.

  • I love Green

    BEAT LA! BEAT LA! BEAT LA! BEAT LA! BEAT LA!

    Oh my bad, not the right series.

  • dslack

    Wow, an alley oop for Sheed!

  • I love Green

    Nice Sheed, nice.

  • dslack

    That was unbelievably spectacular, even by Rondo’s standards.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    A Dwight Howard lefty running hook from the outer half of the paint = victory for Boston’s D.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Is it nitpicking to complain about the last possession that we screwed up?

  • complexity

    Celtics really played with a purpose that quarter. The looseballs, and forced turn overs, were epic.

    @Zach Lowe, I don’t see howard having another 30 point game this series, do you?

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Howard/Carter 0-8 in first Q

  • Zain

    @moxie,

    Nope. Bigger lead the better. Shut em out mentally.

  • DRJ1

    Memo to Paul Pierce – YOU ARE NOT A POINT GUARD

  • I love Green

    Come on Big Baby don’t flop like that!

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    @complexity: 30 is a lot to ask for any inside player, especially one with no touch. I’d bet against it but wouldn’t be shocked if he pulled a 30.

  • I love Green

    Alright now we’re starting to shoot to many jumpers.

    And Rondo gets an and 1 right as I type this.

  • Matt

    I have such a huge man-crush on Rondo right now.

  • complexity

    I’ve never seen that before.

  • I love Green

    HOLY JESUS!!! RAJON RONDO!!!!!!!! HE IS MY FAVORITE PLAYER OF ALL TIME NOW AND THAT PLAY DESERVED AN ALL CAPS POST!!!

  • dslack

    Watching Rondo do this is like how watching Durant in college was.

  • complexity

    Maybe from Jordan or Pippen.

  • DRJ1

    Now we have to shake our heads in awe and amazement. Godamm Rondo… the best of the best

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Ouch. Stan’s face.

  • complexity

    Davis is on fire!

  • complexity

    By the way, great pass by Ray.

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    So we committed, what, 3 fouls in 20 seconds?

  • I love Green

    I love Big babyyyyyy

  • I love Green

    TTA. Turnover Tony Allen

  • I love Green

    Lets get Rondo back into the game pleaseeee

  • dslack

    Is it weird that I’m scared now that it’s under 20?

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Perk should’ve gotten that rebound. And then he shouldn’t have been handling the ball on that next possession.

  • I love Green

    Okay and put Garnett in pleaseee

  • complexity

    dslack, yup it is, have you not seen the playoffs?

  • DRJ1

    They go noticeably downhill when Rondo leaves

  • DRJ1

    And Salvatore seems to winding up his bullshit machine

  • dslack

    Anyone understand why Rondo’s still not in?

  • complexity

    Because they are up by 20 and they can give him a break so he has more energy when he comes back in.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    FYI: I fell behind in the game due to a phone call I had to take from a loved one in China. I just saw Rondo’s dive, recover and lay-up. Incredible. I’ll be caught up after halftime.

  • DRJ1

    Wait… so let me understand this… there’s 2:51 left to go in the first half, and ORL has scored a total of 29 points??

  • DRJ1

    The only thing they to be wary of is Bennett. He’s determined to lay on the fouls and give ORL a shot……… hate that bastard

  • dslack

    Acting job by Vince.

  • dslack

    Great offensive board!

  • I love Green

    Man great hustle by Rondo and Baby

  • I love Green

    Damn it Ray

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Rondo just outworked Nelson. Period. (On that ORB).

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Probably the best defensive half the C’s have played this season, all things considered.

  • RBD

    Sox fans – you definitely want to check in on the game. ASAP.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Favorite stat of the game: One offensive rebound for ORL despite all the misses.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Dice-K! Instead of watching that, I’m stuck in NY with the subway series.

  • RBD

    @Zach – are you from Boston originally?

  • sacbobv

    Is BBD our bench MVP tonight?

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    @RBD: From CT, but much closer to NYC. My Dad is from New Hampshire, which is how I got to support the Boston teams. Grew up surrounded by Knicks/Yankees/Giants fans.

  • RBD

    @Zach – well, if you’re in hostile territory, at least you get to enjoy NYC. Few better cities anywhere on earth.

  • I love Green

    I live in Cleveland during most of the year. Very hostile territory

  • I love Green

    Hahaha Pierce is the man

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Why would you double team Howard in the post at this point? Maybe when Sheed is guarding him, but not BBD or Perk. Bad decision there by Rajon.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    @RBD: got that right. I love living here.

  • dslack

    @Zach Yeah, it seems every time Rondo gambles to double, the Magic hit a 3.

  • RBD

    They’re done.

    They know the game and series are over.

  • DRJ1

    This game is in the bag

  • complexity

    Paul Pierce might have had it right on his twitter.

  • DRJ1

    Ya think Paul will come out now and say ‘nah, it was really me with that tweet… ‘?

  • RBD

    What’s that I hear? A chant?

    BEAT L.A.! BEAT L.A.!

    Too soon?

  • DRJ1

    RBD… not too soon. You had it right… both sides know… it’s over

  • DeVelaine

    Did anyone else notice that Orlando can’t even make shots after the whistle tonight?

  • DRJ1

    ORL body language is ‘surrender’

  • I love Green

    This team is great.

  • RBD

    Amazing how this Celtics team has made both Orlando and Cleveland – two driven teams – look lifeless and disinterested by comparison.

  • http://www.celticshub.com Zach Lowe

    Beat Phoe-nix! Beat Phoe-nix!

  • Zain

    Lol Zach, nice chant.

    Do the magic net 70 points this game?

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    I guess it’s okay for Perk to practice his jumper at this point.

  • complexity

    Wow. 1/3 people on this site said the Celtics weren’t contenders, might want to recast your votes, they might be the best team of the last decade.

  • RBD

    Cannot wait for the SVG post-game presser.

  • Sophomore

    Gotta wonder about SVG as a coach. Celtics have shown they’re the better team and that they deserve to win, but Orlando showing no heart.

  • RBD

    @Sophomore

    I think it’s on the players. JVG made the (admittedly not purely balanced) point that Orlando’s toughness comes from their coaches. I believe that.

    VC has always been soft. D12 is mentally soft. Lewis is a creampuff. That’s three of their top four players.

  • sacbobv

    Is it me or did I just hear 3 more “experts” screaming?

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    That TA bad pass and the defensive lapse on Pietrus, we cannot afford to have stuff like that carry over into the next game or the next series. My only worry about winning the series so quickly is a slippage in intensity that tends to come from winning too easily.

  • matthew

    And that’s the game!!!!! :)

  • sacbobv

    Who woulda thunk that BBD would be the high scorer tonight?

  • http://hoopstersworld.blogspot.com miss j.moxie

    Dwight’s stat line looks like a bench guy’s.

  • Mang

    This game was like one long orgasm. 3-0 BAYBEE

  • Bambino

    The Celtics are curb stomping the Magic. This is men against boys (or maybe girls). Orlando doesn’t have the will or the desire to be the Celts. Bring out the brooms!

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