To conduct a legitimate science experiment, you need to limit the number of variables. Apologies to all the professional scientists and seventh-graders out there, because you know this already, but that means you have to only allow the things you want to monitor to change and keep everything else constant. Like, if you’re looking at how quickly mold grows on wet bread, you have to make sure the breads are exposed to the same amount of light and the same temperature so those don’t affect the results. I did this experiment when I was 13 and got an A-minus, thank you.
But tonight was like trying to conduct a moldy bread experiment with temperatures all over the place, different kinds of bread, some of the bread underwater, and a hungry Glen Davis in the room. Nothing was kept constant in tonight’s game, so we got all kinds of basketball at different times, mostly in these four categories:
A) Nobody scoring because the offense was awful on both ends.
B) Everyone scoring because the defensive rotations were nonexistent.
C) The Nuggets scoring against momentarily decent Celtics defense.
D) The Celtics getting flustered by mediocre Nugget defense.
We saw primarily C and D at the end, because the Celtics totally lost what legs they had to begin with. But the takeaways are minimal, except that Delonte West looks reasonably fresh and Doc’s not giving Avery Bradley real minutes under any circumstances.
More to come later, including a sad look at your new starting center’s rebounding talents.