Tonight we face the Spurs and since we haven't beaten them in the last 17 games even at full force, most expect us to lose again tonight. Call me an optimist, but now is the time when we may be able to pull out a win. Our kiddie corps have been playing well and have stayed in games against tough competition only to come up short. Most of our losses were the result of miscues on our part and failure to execute down the stretch. We have to be learning from our mistakes and one of these days correct these mistakes. Spurs are coming in tired from a road trip and playing back to back games and we can use our young legs and enthusiasm to run them and wear them out. Spurs have got to be pretty confident that they can pull this one out with their eyes closed. We are a young and depleted team. But that is when we can surprise them and pull out a win. I haven't seen anything definite yet, but Wally may possibly be back and a healthy Wally could give us a boost. I am not going to throw the towel in before the game starts. In the meantime, here is what is going on in the Celtics Nation today:
In the Herald, Bulpett tells us that Bassy is blaming himself for his demotion. Once the starter, Telfair has now been relegated to 3rd PG and 6-7 minutes a game. He is determined to get his spot back and so the competition among the PGs can only be good for the team. My thoughts are that West should start at the 2 alongside either Telfair or Rondo and bring Wally off the bench. That way we give West the minutes he deserves and play to his strengths as a shooting guard and we give both of our young PGs minutes. Also discussed is the long span in which we haven't beaten the Spurs. Players realize that it will take a virtually mistake free game in order to win this time.
The Globe Notebook discusses Ryan Gomes' role on the team. His ability to play both the 3 and the 4 gives us versatility. Add that to Al's ability to play the 4 or the 5 and West's ability to move between the 1 and the 2 and we have great versatility in our lineups. Danny certainly hit a home run when he picked Gomes at #50. May also discusses Rondo's move ahead of Telfair and Bruce Bowen.
Southcoast Today discusses Pierce's absence and what may happen when he returns. His absence has been a good thing for the team as the young players have had a chance to get experience and gain confidence. When Pierce returns, we have to hope that they will still play agressively looking for their own games rather than deferring to Pierce. He also discusses the fact that Gasol is available and that Memphis is looking for offers. The Memphis Commercial Appeal also discusses Gasol. It seems from the media reports that Chicago is the front runner. We know that Danny has made offers and so we will see what he is willing to give up to get him. The question is, will we have to give up too much and saddle us with 3 max contracts.
Carnival of the NBA #40 is up at Detroit Bad Boys and includes a lot of good articles including one from Loy's Place. Give it a look.