Bruins playoff hockey win and I opt for a Celtics post, I know, I know.
I also know it’s only Stephen A Smith reporting it, but I love the rumor:
No offense to Ed Macauley but I’d let Griffin wear 22 if he wants it.
Sure in this scenario the C’s lose Doc but they get young. Griffin, in my opinion, is a beast. I’d love if Danny could make this happen.
But who would coach?
Who cares. Let one of Doc’s assistants take the reigns.
Amnesty Butler, trade Rondo for a big. This opens a lot of scenarios.
Bottom line; I don’t want to see this old, decrepit Celtics team ever on the parquet again. Bye KG, thanks for the memories. Bye Pierce and Doc, same thing.
Bring in Phil Jackson to coach and blow everyone’s minds. Just please, no more of “the band back together.”
Heading into last night I had the Celtics losing, the Sox probably winning, and then hoping the Bruins would win too. I love it when I’m wrong.
The Bruins came back after going down very early. I was pessimistic. Then the B’s tied the score, took the lead, and for the first time in months played 60 minutes of hockey. Their top line actually showed up as well and this too was the first time in months.
Admittedly I’m one of the people that would trade Krejci to shake things up. No more. He’s proven again and again how good a center and facilitator he is.
And it was in that 60th minute that Jack Edwards informed me that the Celtics and Red Sox also won.
I didn’t think the Celtics had a chance. JR Smith back in the fold, I figured he was the reason the C’s won Sunday. They pulled off the upset. I say upset because I thought after last Friday they were primed for a sweep.
And the Sox won.
All around a great day.
I’ll be in AZ for Big Jeff’s wedding this weekend. So no updates till Tuesday. Watch Twitter for random updates @jaylizotte .
I promise a draft recap by the Pats tomorrow. I couldn’t let yesterday’s Garden games go untouched.
Yesterday was a reverse Causeway Day with the Celtics playing game four of their playoff series and then the Bruins wrapping their regular season against the Senators.
First the Celtics.
I know I should be rooting for the home team. But really after Friday I was hoping for the C’s season to be put out of its misery. And it almost was.
After blowing a 20 point lead they were up three heading into the fourth. Being out and about I listened on the radio waiting for Melo to take over. It just didn’t happen. Even as the Celtics missed a shot at the end of regulation I hoped the Knicks would end it in OT. Again, didn’t happen.
Ainge had the chance to blow up this team and didn’t. The day Rondo went down he should have shipped out anything not nailed down. He didn’t. And this is what you get…
Then there’s the Bruins. Playing last night a win meant the Islanders in the first round and the second seed. A loss and they slip to four and have Toronto.
They lost. Again.
Averaging two goals a game over their last nine games, they’ve managed three goals just once and that was against an awful Florida team.
They’re limping into the playoffs, their offense stinks, and their primed for another first round exit. I hope I’m wrong, but they’re playing awful hockey at the worst time.
We have the Bruins trudging to the finish line, the Celtics in the playoffs, and the Red Sox playing in the muck. I found myself flipping between the three and disappointed wherever I stopped.
The Bruins were once again sleep walking. They’re limping to the finish. Against a sub .500 team I expected better but they lost 5-2. The game was over after two. They fade so much late in games I had no confidence after two so I flipped over to the C’s abandoning the Bruins.
It wasn’t any better in New York. Garnett got his fourth foul and then their offense – which looked good at the beginning of the second and midway through the second – faded. Invisible in the second half just like they did in game one. They’re old and seeing it. Pretty sure this series is the Knicks for the winning. The C’s may take a game but I think they’re done and this may be the end of KG’s career.
Meanwhile in Fenway the Sox were down 13-0. I have to believe Uncle Larry was locked in a closet somewhere when I read this gem from Gordon Edes:
Red Sox management was sufficiently embarrassed that they offered anyone holding a ticket to this dreck free admission to Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Athletics or Thursday night’s game against the Houston Astros, who will be making their Boston debut as an American League entry. Fans can exchange their ticket stubs at Gate E beginning two hours before game time.
Free admission? I think Uncle Larry is definitely locked in a closet.
Three games, three losses. A bad night all around.
Your team is playing well. You’re winning games. Even with All Star talent and/or key contributors not playing you’re still challenging for your division or conference lead.
You are the Bruins and Celtics.
The Bruins fresh off beating the Capitols and avenging one of the few losses they had all year, met the streaking Penguins. Winners of eight straight they looked to make the Bruins number nine on Sunday. After going up 1-0 the Bruins tied the game. But with seconds left in the first period the B’s gave up the go ahead goal which proved to be the game winner.
Pittsburgh’s streak moves up to nine.
Last night the Heat came in winners of 22 straight. A far better feat than the Penguins. So the Celtics, without Garnett, looked to stop the streak. Clinging to as big as a seven point lead in the fourth quarter they couldn’t close the game. The Heat stormed back and took it 105-103. Lost in the mix was Jeff Green playing unworldly and dropping a career high 43.
The Heat’s streak hits 23.
While the C’s game gives me optimism, the Bruins are still the team I think makes a deep playoff run. I’ll be watching both of course. For now, they’re both victims of the streaks.