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.”
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.
The Celtics could have had a second championship but Danny Ainge decided to trade Perk to OKC and that was the end of it. The run was over. They’ve been looking for a big guy ever since.
As the NBA trade deadline looms, you have to think Danny knows barring a major injury in Miami, no one else is winning the East. His team is old and they need to make some moves. Personally I think those moves should involve Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
They’re old and won’t win a championship. So make some moves on the fly to get younger so when Miami is old, you can capitalize.
Head over to http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine/ and you can make your own deals and see what works. Remember just because it does, doesn’t mean the other team will answer the phone in real life.
I hope Danny is smart enough to blow it up now. Again, we’ll have to wait and see.
Seven straight wins without Rondo. Pretty awesome. Great team play, even better ball movement. But when you go three overtimes with guys on the back nine of their career playing huge minutes, a back-to-back game the next night-even against one of the worst franchises in the NBA- spells disaster.
Yet there were the Celtics hanging on at the end with a chance to take the lead. Garnett missed his shot and the team went down three. Again, a chance to tie but Pierce missed and then Bradley missed and like that the Celtics streak was over.
7-1 in the post Rondo era. And a valiant effort in a game I’d all but written them off.
So what now?
Look it’s fun watching but I don’t think this team wins a Championship. So I still try and move pieces. Get younger. If that means a Garnett to the Clippers for Jordan and Bledsoe, go for it.
The alternative is riding out this group to maybe a Conference Finals. Good, but not a Championship. Danny needs to think long term, or we’re going to repeat the mid-nineties C’s and I don’t think any of us want that.