Hey Jay, the Bruins knocked off Montreal last night at home, why aren’t you blogging about that? Again, my blog, my rules.
So we’ve touched on it before how if the Celtics hadn’t traded Kendrick Perkins the Celtics likely come out of the East as the champs last year and likely beat the Mavs in the NBA Finals. I’ll believe that scenario probably the rest of my life.
The trade happened and we have to live with it. We have to live with the repercussions of the trade.
Well, the repercussion for now is that you traded Perkins so you could rent Jeff Green for half a season. A routine physical showed an aortic aneurysm. In order to fix it he requires surgery and will miss the entire season.
So now I pose the question that I’m sure no one else will ask since they’re sensitive to the situation…
Can the Celtics petition the league office to veto the trade they made a year and a half ago? I mean, basically OK City sold them damaged goods. I’m sure this didn’t just develop in the last eight months. I’m sure the aneurysm was there. A pre-existing injury dare I say.
Of course that will never happen but I think it should. How else can you undo the biggest blunder in Ainge’s tenure as the GM? That’s right you can’t.
Now the Celtics have a ton of money coming off the books and a free agent call this next off-season highlighted by Dwight Howard. No chance he’s coming to Boston. Zero. There aren’t pieces around him to win. Sure Rondo will be here, but he’s not a scorer. So you’d have a scoring center, and a point guard. Not happening.
So will it be a repeat of when the Celtics had a ton of money and signed Travis Knight? I’m not lying when I say it’s certainly looking that way. They’ll totally overpay for a player that has no business making money the Celtics will have to pay him to come to Boston.
Dark days are ahead for this franchise. So maybe I should have written about the Bruins win over the Canadiens. Much happier news for the other team at the Garden.
I really do love it when I’m wrong. Especially when it relates to the Patriots. I thought the suspect Patriots defense was going to have Tim Tebow looking like Steve Young. After all the Pats defense had Dan Orlofsky and Rex Grossman looking like All Pros, it wasn’t that far a leap to take.
So here’s the thing, the Pats defense played up to the competition yesterday. People were saying they weren’t ready for an offense like this. Really? Pretty sure Philly’s offense where you have to watch the quarterback because he can break one on you, was a similar game plan.
I’m not saying Tebow and Vick/Young are in the same caliber of quarterback, I’m just saying that if I’m a coach, I’m game planning the same way.
The defense was delt a huge blow when Andre Carter went down with a quad injury. I really hope it’s not too serious but anytime they bring out the cart you worry. His agent said it wasn’t his knee but his quad and will need surgery. This late in the season he’s likely headed to the IR. Mark Anderson the former Bear (and Texan) filled in pretty well. We can only hope he continues to do the same.
The offense was very balanced against the Broncos. Brady threw for two touchdowns, one to Ochocinco (nice to see you on the stat sheet) and the other to Hernandez. Brady also rushed for another touchdown which was followed with him Gronking the ball.
They used Ridley, Woodhead, and Green-Ellis as a three headed running back. Ridley continues to impress getting 5.9 yards per carry. Woodhead, who had another TD yesterday, was right behind him with 5.7 per carry. Then Green-Ellis with a dismal 17 yards on ten carries, but he did have a touchdown as well.
The next two weeks against the Dolphins and Bills certainly aren’t “gimmie” games. Both teams present their own problems. Both teams gave the Pats fits earlier this year. A fact I don’t think is lost on the coaching staff. The loss against the Bills is probably a bitter taste in their mouths and that opening day performance by Chad Henne where he threw for 400+ yards likely ha the defense pumped up to make sure Moore doesn’t do the same thing.
Short week for the Pats this week as they’ll play Saturday (Christmas Eve). Back tomorrow with a nice blast Danny Ainge column.
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