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Proud. Go OKC.
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Sometimes you just have to tip your cap. Lebron couldn't miss and the Celtics couldn't make layups or clean passes. A shame being at home with a chance to close and all but how many times have we said that? You just hope the well has dried up for Lebron by Saturday. That was a hell of a domination. Blown opportunity indeed.
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Amazing. Just, amazing. It didn't matter how big of a lead the Heat had, the Celtics just hung in and got the shots they wanted. They picked their spots prefectly; never got down on themselves. The confidence and resolve just impresses the hell out of me. They knew the Heat would get tight when the going got tough. They put the pedal to the floor when Lebron, Wade, Chalmers, etc! Looked to the refs for the call and trotted back up the floor. It was like watching a surgery and Doc had the scalpel.
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Agreed that the Celtics complain. Every team complains. However, NO ONE does it more demonstratively, and gets away with it (See: Ray Allen tech), than the Miami Heat. Dwyane Wade is #1 at complaining and not getting back on defense. For a guy that gets away with mauling Pierce, ripping the ball from him and racing up the court and getting a call, you'd think he wouldn't have so many gripes. I'm pretty sure he didn't even get a foul called on him for throwing Rondo down and breaking his arm in last year's playoffs. It's the Lebron effect. The entitlement factor has seeped in and made Wade, who used to be a good guy, as unlikeable if not more than Lebron. What Rondo said was fact. Can the Heat really deny it?
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Had a feeling the bucket KG/Bass spotted early for the Heat could come back to bite them ;) C's have outplayed the Heat for most of this series, just need to keep their foot on the gas!
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Wally also tweeted this gem: "KG is another one who lacks the #clutchgene always has!" See screenshot here: http://www.iamagm.com/news/2012/05/31/wally.szczerbiak.kg.another.one.who.lacks.clutch.gene.always.has Wally then realized he was Wally and deleted it.
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The fact that Shane Battier...SHANE BATTIER!!! Had a double double is more frightening than the fact that Miami sportswriters haven't the slightest clue when it comes to the NBA. Gotta tighten that up STAT. I believe I heard someone on the broadcast say multiple times that Bass has had an excellent post season. That's when I stopped listening. I do miss regular season Bass though, but I have faith that he'll come through for us. He was too solid all season to simply forget those contributions.
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I know Paul is hurt, but he's a hell of a lot better of an option than long shots by Ray at the moment. He needs to get involved. Too many missed freethrows. Can't happen in the playoffs. Take away those misses and it's a winnable four point game in crunch time. Too much scoring off the Heat bench, not enough off the Celtics bench (per usual). If you're not going to contribute offensively as a role player, you better get your ass in gear on defense, especially against an equally weak bench. Get off the three point line and drive to the basket. I'm lookin at you, Pietrus. Too many long rebounds for the Heat for a ton of second chance points. Need more from Rondo that's just a fact. He's capable. Need more from Bass. I'm not so sure about playoff Bass coming through though. Basically need more from everyone not named KG. Lastly, on the officiating. It didn't cost them the game, but if you're going to call it one-sided, call it one-sided throughout. It's such a cop-out to cover their asses trying to even out freethrows when the game is over. We could have used those freethrows when it mattered at critical junctures. They need to own their officiating. That's my only complaint. Overall, the Celtics can play better and they will. If we know anything about them, we know they're going down swinging.
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I'd like to say that the lethargy and lack of urgency surprised me but it didn't. None of us should be surprised. This is who they are. You could tell from the moment early in the game where you could hear Pierce scream at his teammates closest to a loose ball to dive to the flooe for the hustle play. It came back crystal clear through my tv. To have to be told to hustle DURING the first quarter of a playoff game is shameful. I don't care if you're 10 feet tall, get your ass to the floor. Rondo isn't playing to his potential. Not even close. I gave him a pass in the first quarter fully expecting him to snap out of his lethargic state...its GAME 6! PUSH THE BALL! Stay in front of your man! We all call Rondo the engine of this team. Play consistent throughout! He's the energy guy, if Rondo's not bringing it, C's are in serious trouble. The only real effort came from Pierce tonight who was let down by the rest of his teammates. KG passed way too much and wasn't confident in his jumper until it was too late. Pierce was the only one driving. Ray is tough to watch. I thought he was pressing too hard to try and get himself going. If it's not working, go to something else. That's one of the biggest troubles for this team; they fail to recognize what's working/not working before its too late. I know it's Doc's job to protect his players but he seemed content such putrid play. I get the defensive aspect, but jesus how could anyone stomach the Celtic's offense? And they continued to play putrid throughout. I would love to hear Doc's real opinions on this game, particularly Rondo. And I say that as a fan who wouldn't want any other point guard in the league. I'm just saying sometimes I look at Rondo and I feel like I'm watching JD Drew. I think that's why most of us get frustrated with him. We know his potential. He knows his potential. It's been a while since we've seen the mind blowing point guard we know he can be. That's what's so maddening, especially in a closeout game where it's evident to even the most fair weather fan that his most of his teammates didn't have it tonight. He's supposed to be the built-n shot in the arm.
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Wow, KG touched a nerve with Mr. Mitchell. His Twitter rants paint him as the consummate professional, too. If you haven't read them, he's not a fan of Bill Belichick either. That Philly blog was beyond a pathetic reach at attempting to paint an entire city as racist. The sweeping assumptions are, as you put it, embarrassing. First off, can we all just agree that racism knows no bounds or colors already? Sadly, it will continue to exist (at least in all of our lifetimes). Secondly, just because you're a fan of the Celtics or live in Boston doesn't automatically make you a Bruins fan. I don't even WATCH hockey! But thanks again for boxing me in. That's like me saying everyone from Philly supports animal cruelty because Vick plays for the Eagles. Lastly, who cares what anyone from Twitter (TWITTER?!) has to say about anything?! Has he not yet learned that the internet is full of "tough guys" hiding anonymously behind computers from all over the world? What grown ass adult uses a global social media outlet for fact-finding? It's easy to cherry pick anything to support your "argument". Pathetic "blog" from a pathetic excuse for a "sports journalist". Grow up.
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I was surprised they didn't go with the hot hand more often...Paul Pierce. Given his injury, the Celtics should have taken whatever they could from him and they didn't exploit that enough IMO. I just felt like the wrong people were taking shots and it turned into hero ball. Hollins shouldn't be be shooting anywhere outside of two feet from the basket. Keyon tried to do too much and ended up bricking a 3. And Ray, man. It's sad watching him not be able to get an open look off screens. Preventable turnovers on sloppy play, lack og rebounding were back breakers. And of course, Bill Kennedy did what he was sent to do. Call it as one-sided as possible to keep Philly within reach. Touch fouls one way. Worked to perfection. Evan Turner getting the and-1 on MP after pushing off was one of my personal faves. Lou Williams getting sneezed on for another and-1 was a close second. I can only assume that he was the one who tried to pin a ridiculous clear path foul on Pierce early on. It wasn't in real time but good thing they revieWed the ineptitude. Guy just can't let whatever he has against the Celtics go, especially when the stakes are high. Stern wouldn't have it any other way.
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Tremendous effort. Everyone played their roles perfectly. Let's keep it going Game 4.
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Maybe this is the slap in the face that the Celtics need. Why the vets were uninvolved throughout is something I'll never figure out. Brandon Bass is not ready for primetime and he's made it clear. So why is he taking so many shots? They've wasted enough bricks on him to the point where he barely plays in crunch time. Why is he such a focal point?! He's KILLING the Celtics on both ends of the floor. Kevin has been feasting and all of a sudden takes a backseat to a career bench player? How does Bass get up more shots than a hall of famer? Now isn't the time to waste possessions on a guy who's been out of synch since BEFORE the playoffs started. I've got to agree that if Pierce is going to continually give virtually nothing on either side of the ball, he has to atleast become that point forward that we know. Facilitate. Adjust. Too much head hanging and screaming for three seconds in the paint on Philly by Paul and not much more. His jumper isn't there and he's not driving not to mention getting beat on defense. I'm noticing that he and Ray are on the floor more often than not lately. Celtics were committed to the jump shot all night and couldn't get to the line and anytime they did go into the paint it wasn't called. Kevin was hit on the arm multiple times with no call. However, it was a deserved loss. Terrible energy in a playoff game at home. I still can't get over the lack of urgency in the playoffs. The body language was disgusting.
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Rondo chose a hell of a moment to make contact with an official. I just hope it doesn't end up costing them this series. Aside from that, the playoff spotlight definitely had an affect on AB and Bass(as starters). Very timid. That has to change. It was like watching the pre all star celtics all over again. Putrid shooting. 0-fer from three! Just an overall depressing performance.
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Can we take a closer look at Lebron's ridiculous travel? He caught the ball at half court, walked, dribbled ONCE, walked some more and then got the call. How do you manage to get from half court to the rim on ONE dribble? And then shake your head like you can't believe how long it took for the ref to call a foul?!
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According to the Knicks, the Knicks never really lose a game. In other words...no new news.
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Couldn't have summed it up any better than Perk. He's the ultimate TEAM player with an actual championship ring to back it up. Lebron has no valid comeback. I LOVE this.
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If that comeback on top of Monday's win doesn't convince Dwight to come here to play for a TEAM led by a great motivational coach...WOW that was a hell of a marketing tool. Awesome. Just awesome.
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Avery Bradley = Mr. Burns
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HAHA! Riveting inside information huh? Always one step ahead that blog is...
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Didn't even bother checking. Just another To The Ruins wannabe.
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+100, Danno. JT: You hate Celtics fans so much? Stop following a Celtics blog created by Celtics fans. You love Glen so much? Go make him some pancakes and spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. Otherwise, you're just another nobody to him. Stop looking to get web hits.
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Agreed. I think the age of the current Big Three coupled with the assembly of the Heat and the looming lockout are also influential factors on public opinion. People see a team on the decline and how quickly they forget.
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I think you're more obsessed with your lame attempt at the kardashian reference. Wasn't funny the first time.
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Yeah, the Celtics have done great job filling their roster with hand selected players. I mean, Shelden Williams, Sebastian Telfair, Gerald Green, Mark Blount, Mikki "I earn my paychecks" Moore, POB, Starbury, Troy Murphy - only the best of the best for this team. Doc's not coming back to coach the Celtics if the Big 3 are out of the picture, which means we're stuck with the same group a year older next year, which means there's no money, which means there's not a lot of options. Rebounding is effort. I'd like to see the Celtics get someone who willing crashes the boards, not stand around wait for the ball to land in his hands. You're baseless personal attacks on me speak to your character as a human being. I didn't know mentioning a player once qualified as a wet dream. Sounds like another one of your many personals problem. Get over yourself.
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