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Scattered Thoughts On the Wizards Win

 

When it was all said and done the Celtics won a game last night by 16 points.  A healthy margin for sure, but when you consider that neither team played any defense last night and the Celtics are simply better than the Wizards, you can’t help but feel like you did right after the Bulls loss on Thursday.  Like I wrote last night, you have to avoid the inclination to read too much into a team’s play against a far inferior team.  It’s pretty evident that the Celtics knew they would win last night based on talent and turning it on and grinding it out.  Doc Rivers seemed to say as much after the game:
“No, it was not.  It was one of those games where every time we pulled away they stayed just close enough.  And, so, it was a win.”

This is not the type of attitude the team can have going into tomorrow’s game against Miami, or the playoffs.  That being said, let’s take a look at some highlights and lowlights from last night:

This is the most assertive I have seen Kevin Garnett on a dunk in a very long time.


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Every good turn deserves another. So here’s Javale McGee awkwardly losing the ball and then dunking on Nenad Krstic.

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I have posted a couple of different clips this season of what I thought may have been the best Celtics basketball. Here’s maybe the single worst basketball sequence I have ever seen:

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Andray Blatche must be incredibly frustrating for anyone who ever tried to make it in pro basketball but wasn’t tall enough or skilled enough but worked tirelessly. Just look what he does…and then scores:


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And here’s John Wall showing everyone that he’s working on his Derek Rose but he’s just not quite there yet.

  • ElRoz

    Not sure why BBD, Green, and Murphy got hardly any rebounds during over 40 minutes of floor time! The C's shot the ball well, but there were defsive rebounds out there that they could have gotten.

    On the encouraging side, now that the self-styled "Sports Guy" Bill Simmons made his playoff predictions, I feel much better about the C's – if I know anything, it is that Bill Simmons is not very good at making predictions. He picked the Lakers to win in 2008 finals, he wrote off the Celtics in 2010, and now he is doing it again. If only Hollinger can also do the same, I'd feel even better about the C's. Bill Simmons is hot for the Bulls righ now and that game against Boston they won recently has convinced him even more. Too bad ESPN writers are not held accountable for all the glaring mistakes they make. I wonder if Simmons will decide to call himself out in June.

    • Batman

      Geez no need to bash on Hollinger and Simmons. They are both great analysts. It's kinda hard not to write off the Celtics right now and Simmons is a Celtics Homer so don't call him a downer. Also he will call himself out, he's not like an idiot who only makes articles to make you sad.

      • MikeD

        Hollinger is not a great basketball analyst. He is a great mathematician. That is it. When it comes to basketball, you need to look at a whole lot more than just stats. And he isn't able to do that, his obsession with stats cloud his ability to objectively analyze basketball.

        • kricky

          Thumbs up. This obsession with stats is just moronic. Especially with basketball, where you can actually sit down and observe the thing you are trying to judge in a relatively small sample size.

        • Batman

          Once again what is wrong with using statistics? The eye test is not reliable enough to analyze basketball. You can't put all your worth into statistics but they are the most important tool you can use. Hollinger doesn't have an obsession with stats, he watches games and analyzes them too. I feel a lot of people dislike him because of his formulas, which aren't very subjective. But accusing Hollinger to be nothing more than a mathematician is baloney.

          • MikeD

            You didn't read what I said. Absolutely nothing is wrong with using statistics. But when you use them as the be all end all like Hollinger clearly does, there is a big problem with it. He is nothing more than a mathematician and it is blatantly obvious.

          • Ben

            I have a problem with the way Hollinger uses stats. I think he is an utter moron.
            Example: To determine his rankings he doesn't use record, he uses point margin. He claims point margin is a better indicator, that is fine. However, to determine strength of schedule, he uses win-loss record as a opposed to opponents average point margin. Despite the fact he uses statistical analysis incompletely, he also uses it incorrectly and inconsistently. Hollinger is neither an analyst nor statistician, he is a moron wielding numbers.

      • MikeD

        And I should also note that he is very selective when using stats to aid his bias. In 2008, stats showed that the C's had the #1 defense in the league, and the widest scoring margin in the league. Hollinger says that those are great predictors or playoff success. Yet that year, he picked against the C's every single round after the first round. In case you haven't noticed, I hate Hollinger. And it isn't just because of his bias towards Boston. He also tries to use stats to say LeBron is better than MJ, etc. Which I can't stand because MJ's heart is 15 times the size of LeBrons which Hollinger hasn't come up with a formula to measure yet.

        • I_Love_Green

          I agree with you about Hollinger, but he convinced me Dwight Howard is the MVP in the only good article he's ever written. And I mean it was really good.

          • Batman

            Howard or Lebron. Although Rose should get honorable mention

        • Batman

          Here is the thing about Hollinger: He gets paid to do the dirty work. Nobody likes his pure evaluation of talent and skill but He does it.

          ALSO I DON'T UNDERSTAND
          Who are we to say Lebron has a small heart? He clearly loves basketball to have improved this much and dominate in his ways ever since he entered the league.
          What are we accusing him of? Quiting? Do we forget the 2007 run through quicksand?
          Yes he makes mistakes and yes he is human, but guess what Jordan was human too

          I'm not trying to start arguments. Your opinion is your opinion. But to insult a player like Lebron is just unfair to him and his fans

          • MikeD

            LeBron deserves every insult in the book because he is everything that is wrong with professional sports. An incredibly talented human being who cares more about being a celebrity than being a great basketball player. A guy who refers to himself as a "King" although he has never won anything as a team player, just indiviual accolades. A guy who has this as his birthday cake http://dimemag.com/2011/01/lebrons-birthday-cake-… . A guy who shot a free throw left handed to pretend he had an eblow injury in the playoffs. A guy who hosted a 1 hour show to announce that he was going to stab the Cavs in the back. A guy who tried to charge people 500k to come to his birthday party (not kidding). A guy who signed a contract to appear at a nightclub, only to cancel on them last second because he found a better dollar rate to show up at a different night club (again not kidding). So keep defending that kind of guy. I'll keep defending the Larry Birds and MJs of the world who do their talking on the basketball court.

          • rondeezy

            that was so beautifully written it brought tears to my eyes

  • MikeD

    Media and fans alike read too much into the regular season. It really fascinates me, actually. Year after year it is proven that the regular season (other than seeding) really isn't a good predictor of the playoffs. Momentum going into the playoffs doesn't mean a thing. It is all about having smart veterans, the matchups you get, good coaching and good decision making. One of the reasons Hollinger picked the Magic to roll over the C's last year in the playoffs is because the Magic had been hot and the C's were struggling towards the end. How does that have any impact on a playoff matchup between them? The C's had much better matchups. Perk to defend Dwight, Rondo to torch Jameer, KG to abuse Lewis. Anyone with any basketball sense knew the C's would win. That's why im not worried about the C's one bit, and anyone who knows anything about basketball shouldn't be either.

    • Mariya

      You are awesome.

  • MikeD

    And just to clarify – there certainly are more concerns this year than there were last year because of the trade. But what i'm saying is that these past few weeks have absolutely no bearing on what will happen in the playoffs. And the fact that all of those ESPN "experts" still haven't figured that out boggles my mind.

    • Joe

      I ignore these so-called sports writers because they only make predictions and go with teams that’s performing the best at the moment. So I’m suprised the media is riding the bulls band-wagon. It’s a Cyndirella story with the bulls.

      • Joe

        Meant to say I’m not suprised the media is riding the bulls band wagon.

  • someguyinsac

    Yes, that has to be the most awful sequence of "basketball" I've seen in years. Hopefully some other teams besides the Celtics can help erase that thought and soon.

  • I_Love_Green

    I bursted out laughing at John Wall's Derrick Rose impersonation.

  • James Patrick

    Publicly, Derrick Rose told the Chicago Sun Times Wednesday that he was concerned that the Bulls were "not moving in the right direction."

    Privately, within the Bulls locker room, their belief that they could beat the Celtics changed when Boston traded Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City.

    The Bulls felt that with Perkins gone, everything changed for the Celtics. They no longer had the toughness, the tenacity, the presence in the post.

    “He was tough,” Rose said. “He was really tough to go around. They’re different.

    “We know we can beat them,” Rose flatly said.

    Read more: http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/212923/Rose_

  • Batman

    Can't be here for the game tomorrow
    Can I trust you gents to scream "ROndoooo" for me?

    • someguyinsac

      Yes, but what if Rando shows up? What do we do then?

      • Batman

        If Rando shows up wipe out the cyanide tablets

      • Batman

        If Rando shows up whip out the cyanide tablets

        • Batman

          Ha kids stay in school and don’t make typos!

          • Chris O

            Haha hilarious as always

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