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It Could Have Been Worse: Celtics 83, Nets 95

 

The building could have burned down, and it didn’t.  So, that was good.  After the melee (see post below), Rondo will surely be suspended.  The TDGarden’s PA system’s last two songs were Aerosmith’s “Same Old Song and Dance” and an organ instrumental of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So.”  Quite apropos if you ask me.  The fight is the story, but the same old story applies: the Celtics couldn’t defend the three and couldn’t protect the glass.

More to come later…

  • James Patrick

    FU*K that reality TV bitch!!!!! And F#ck Kim Kardasihan too! LOL

  • janos

    Brayden, is Janos
    are you remembers garnets inerviews BAR FIGHT comment? is bar fight nba.

  • janos

    also site this, is slow latley me.
    i am not mind site slow, no ads. am not mind site fast, with ads.

    but slow site and ads? is not the good.

    • IBleedGreen

      HAHA post of the year!!!

  • CelticsBIG3

    Everybody on here is gonna be a hater about my joy that the streak is over. Thank God; there is NO WAY, NO WAY, NO WAY, he plays in that stupid Detroit blowout unless he wanted to continue the ridiculous streak. Pointless, stupid streak. Assist the ball, sure, but don't chase after it. I've said this for weeks; here, CelticsLife.com, etc. and all the little kids think the streak is so f'n important. It's BS. Sh!tty, losing, lousy teams chase these stupid personal accolades. Case and point, Ray Allen in Seattle chasing the single season 3 pt FG made record in a meaningless game when he was injured and Seattle was out of the playoffs. Stupid accolade chasing. This is sh!t you do when there is nothing else going on well. Is that the case here? I know I'll still be a fan of the green when or if we fall into the dredges of the league again… Where will all the "streak fans" be? Waiting for "Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to walk through that door?" If anything positive is going to happen from this team this year this is the turning point. Otherwise hop off the bandwagon now.

    • Phil

      Unless you think the streak is hurting his on court performance (which I don't,) the only thing it did was draw positive attention to a player who's probably at or near the top of every Celtic fan's favorite player list. It doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of thing since depending on national media for positive reinforcement is a rather large waste of time, but that's all it is. What did playing five extra minutes in the Detroit game hurt?

      I just don't see any reason to celebrate it ending, just like I don't see any reason to go over the moon about it if it continued.

      • CelticsBIG3

        Because I've watched this team for years. I've watched Pierce play in games and waste time off his career playing in pointless games to chase points. It's BS. If you want to be a losing team and do things that losing teams do, then ball on. If not, play the game, get it done, and get out before you get injured, etc. There is no need for a guy who is supposedly your franchise player to be put in the line of fire to chase a bonehead assist streak. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. You want to chase stupid accolades? NBA 2K13 is available in department stores everwhere.

        • Phil

          Players play thousands of minutes a year, and all of them are conscious of things like numbers and streaks. Why do you think so many players hold onto the ball until the buzzer sounds, then throw up the halfcourt heave? You can't expect them to all be completely blind to the box score, because few players are.

          If you really think five minutes in a blowout is worth working yourself into a rage a couple weeks later, there's nothing I can argue. If Rondo had gotten hurt, then Doc and him both would face criticism. You can't play scared though, and feeling good about the streak probably helped Sullinger and Rondo a little bit. Which is more than those five minutes hurt Rondo.

          It was also a one game thing.

          • Anthony

            Only streak that matters is Ws and Ls, and as of now, its a little disappointing to say the least.

    • IBleedGreen

      I agreed that the streak is stupid and meaningless. And it is even more stupid that you can see Rondo (and Doc) actually tried hard to do it. And the way NBA credits assist is stupid too, guys take 3 dribbles or pump fake a dozen times and it is still an assist. smh.
      But I disagreed that this will change how Rondo plays. He have always been passing up wide open layup to get an assist instead, and I think those are selfish plays.

      • Phil

        Assists as a whole definitely need reworked. Years before Rondo was getting the home town assists, CP3 was getting the same treatment. The fact that passes that lead to free throws don't count is rather ridiculous as well. I haven't heard much about the league reworking them, which is a little weird since the NBA usually seems open to that kind of stuff.

        Rondo's just a unique player all around. I agree that he's almost selfish in his unselfishness. He's probably the only guy you can say that about. He's fun to watch at least, and his effect on the team has always been a positive one.

  • Dave

    Yeah glad its over too, only thing Celtics needed was Rondo going down with an injury because of it. Reminds me of a spurs game where Ginobili was within a rebound of his first triple double, Pop asked him if he wanted to go back out (game was a blow out) Ginobili just shook his head.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Thanks just said that above ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ (edit this wasn't sarcasm i'm genuinely saying thanks)

  • Phil

    I guess my question to all these 'happy the streak is over' people is 'why are you happy?' Did you think that it was making Rondo go for assists more than normal? That he was gonna get hurt in a blowout in a game next week?

    It was an excuse to heap praise on a good player who doesn't score that much. It's hard for players that don't score a lot to earn that praise.

    • CelticsBIG3

      I'm happy because it's stupid. The same reason Bob Ryan though it was bad for the team. It's stupid. Its a distraction. It's what crap teams chase. Why does Rondo need the praise? Is he crying himself to sleep at night because he doesn't get constant praise like Lebron? I doubt it; he's still cashing paychecks. Where are you falling off on this?

      • Phil

        I don't think expecting players to be robots is realistic. If you think numbers are for losers and wins are for winners, and absolutely no meshing of the two can happen, that's your opinion. I just think that's an extremely naive view. I also don't think many players ('winning players' included… whatever that means.)

    • IBleedGreen

      I've only had problem when he passed up wide open layup for an assist, but like I said above he's always done that too prior to the streak. I am happy it is over because now people will stop talking about it.

    • Dave

      Because of how important Rondo is to the team. Just look at what happened with Derrick Rose. The game was over, he should not have been out there, boom torn ACL. Chicago went from being contenders to a 0.5 team.

      You have to protect your players whenever possible, injuries happen but the worst kind are the one that could have been prevented. An assist record is not worth 2 or more ruined seasons.

      • CelticsBIG3

        How is this receiving negative votes… That makes NO sense whatsoever.

  • Phil

    I also don't think many players think that way. /lack of edit button

  • CelticsBIG3

    I'm not saying play like a robot. Play to win. There were obvious moments when he was streak chasing. It's stupid. Play the game. Win the game.

    • Phil

      I disagree with that statement a lot. There have been obvious moments in his entire career when he's been chasing assists. My first comment on the subject of the night was that you shouldn't expect that to stop now that the streak has ended.

      The Detroit game was the only time he wouldn't have been in the game without a streak, but what if he needed a rebound for a triple double like that Ginobili situation you referenced earlier? I'd bet he would've said "yeah Doc, let me get the one rebound." Ginobili is an anomaly in how much he doesn't care about his numbers and stuff like that.

      • CelticsBIG3

        I didn't even reference the Ginobilli situation. Read the names of the posters.

        • Phil

          Sorry, got the names mixed up. The overall point is still the same though. Rondo's probably going to be playing in a blowout at some point later in the year for some personal number thing. It won't make me think any less of him, and it probably won't even be noticed since it's so commonplace.

      • Anthony

        I agree with your point Phil. I think people are only noticing the "streak chasing" assists because its been mentioned so much. I haven't seen Rondo deviate too much from the way he normally plays. He's always tried to get assists over scoring for himself. I think this season so far, he was twice 1 rebound short of a triple double. Didn't see him chasing those rebounds so he can be closer to Magic, Oscar, Larry and Kidd.

        • Phil

          I don't remember what happened in the first game he was one away, but he was flying after every rebound in the last couple of minutes of the Orlando game. (it was Orlando, right?) It was definitely noticeable. He even slammed the ball down after getting the rebound on the desperation shot after the buzzer sounded because the rebound didn't count. It's just a Rondo quirk. Like (I think,) Ryan pointed out in the preview for this game, Rondo's oddly concerned with his numbers and place in history, especially given his young age.

          • Anthony

            The first game was against CHI. As for the ORL game, that's one of the rare games that Celts outrebounded their opponent. Seems like everyone was chasing the rebounds. Having said that, Rondo is Rondo.

  • tbunny

    I'm sorry but shoving the Hump in the face is ALWAYS called for. Rondo did humanity a service. I just wish he had slapped him as well.

    That said, this is an interesting article from the Onion about how Ray Allen is a decent human being:
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/pro-athlete-laud

  • elroz

    I said before the season started – they will need about no less than 1/2 of the season to play to their potential on a more or less consistent basis. Some said 20 games – I think it is optimistic…but even if that's true, we have not reached 20 games yet. They have the talent…they need time. Meanwhile Doc has to conserve KG and limit Pierce's minutes as well as get Rondo to average at most about 36-37 min per game. Patience people. The Nets and Knicks have been sucking for years – they are hungry and motivated from the get go – its an 82 game season. We'll see how they do in the playoffs.

  • Ryan DeGama

    Just for the record guys, I'm going to add this one to our shortlist for "worst game of the year."

    • janos

      ok thank you

  • swissflix

    Kris Humphries is such a punk. Him posting pics of his bruises on social media just shows what matters to him- attention.
    But really, this season has not been fun so far. If it wasn't for the Thunder game i would be seriously doubting the potential of this team. if they don't start defending + rebounding soon, i would break this team up by february. or at least give it a thought.

  • CG12

    The game was obviously a big disappointment, but I liked that fact that they didn't roll over after they got down and Rondo got tossed. They were within a stop and a bucket of being right back in the game on many occasions down the stretch. They just weren't able to make those crucial plays.

    The D is a big problem. The Cs are getting killed by the corner 3 and by bangers on the offensive glass. Evans and Blatche have straight-up bossed the Cs front line in both games this year.

    The thing that I am most struck by with the bench is how tight they seem to be playing. It seems like they are trying so hard to "run their stuff" and work within the defensive system, that they are having brain lock and are not just letting it flow. Lee in particular seems like he is not playing free on offense – but the man can defend, that's for sure.

    Rondo unquestionably goes for assists at the expense of making the easiest, most effective play in many instances, i.e., shooting when in the paint or at the rim. When the game got away from them last night, they had a brutal sequence where Rondo was forcing passes to the baseline and paint and it just wasn't happening. The Nets would come back and get a big bucket, particularly several Stackhouse (!) 3 balls.

  • NZNICK33

    Paul Pierce was freaking brutal. Ouch!

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