The Herald, Globe, and Worcester Telegram all have articles on Pierce's last second game winner and the Celtics win over the Nets. Big Al officially had his coming out party last night. I look for more of the same in the games to come. Although Pierce couldn't hit anything all night, he came up clutch on the last shot. A much needed win for us.
Mark Murphy has a piece that centers on Al Jefferson's performance last night. After being benched for being too meek, Al took it to heard and had his most dominant game yet. Doc is also quoted saying that he likes coaching the guys he has. I agree. I like the players we have.
The Herald Notebook reports on Telfair's growth since coming to Boston and that his talent is beginning to show. I still feel that Rondo is the best PG that we have on the team. He may not want to shoot from outside but he does everything else so well that it doesn't really matter. Also in this article is some nostalgia back to when the Celtics travelled by train.
Scott Souza reports that Big Al is finally living up to his potential. We are seeing him grow in front of our eyes. Could it be that out of necessity he is finally playing more than 15 minutes per game and is growing because of it? I expect to see his maturation continue on the fast track and he will break out this season. Al and Gerald and Perk are the three most untouchable players on the team right now.
In the Globe, Shira quotes Danny saying that Doc is here for the rest of the season. Even if we don't win another game, Doc is going to be our coach. So, the fire Doc chants can stop because for better or worse, Doc isn't going anywhere. Also mentioned in this piece is a possible 4 for 1 trade for Iverson that includes Al, Ratliff, Telfair and West. NOOOOOOO!!!! Any trade that includes Al isn't a good one and actually, any trade for Iverson isn't a good one.
Celtics Pride has an article that presents a case for Green being more valuable than Iverson. I have to agree with this one whole heartedly. Green is going to be an all star many years after Iverson is gone and forgotten.
The Hartford Courant continues the debate over the new ball and has the best quote on Iverson I have read.
Many teams would surely take Iverson, 31, who ranks second in the league in scoring (31.2). Wherever he goes, it better be a winner, or Iverson, who badly wants an NBA title, might become a distraction there, too.
Iverson will be no more happy in Boston than he is in Philly and will only drag the Celtics down with his attitude.
The Worcester Telegram reports on the sad state of the Eastern Conference. He also discusses that Tony Allen isn't the same player he was two years ago before his injury and legal troubles. Old friend Marcus Banks is happy in Phoenix.
We have until tomorrow night to savor our victory in New Jersey. Hopefully we will beat the Knicks and start another win streak. And even more hopefully we won't make the mistake of trading away our future for Iverson.