I am so excited about this post season I can hardly stand it. I have been walking around grinning and have ordered a couple of new tee shirts just for the playoffs. I have bought new video tapes so as to record every moment so I can watch the games over and over. I am ready and anxious and tomorrow we finally start on the post season run that hopefully will bring us banner #17.
Rajon Rondo won the Sixth Star award. I have mixed feelings about this. Previous fan favorites that have won the award were Ricky Davis, Delonte West and Al Jefferson and all have been traded. Could it be some kind of hex on the award winner? Maybe we should have voted for Scal. And, if you didn't catch the presentation at half time, check out this video on BostonSportZ. They didn't even get his name right.
Rasheed Wallace has been busy antagonizing the refs for years. We can only hope that the refs remember that he isn't afraid of them and put a big bulls eye on his back. Maybe then, Perk can actually get a few calls go his way.
Most observers look at the East and see the Celtics as a really good team who may or may not get past Detroit in the conference finals. Wake up, folks -- this is one of the best teams of all time, and you might be surprised how easily they roll through the playoffs. I realize this is raining on the parade a bit since everybody is so jacked up about the competition in store this postseason, but I have to warn you there's a chance the Celtics are just going to flat-out destroy everybody.
Wow! Those are some strong words. He then predicts the Celtics over the Jazz in 6 for the title. That would be a nice conclusion. Celtics would win it on their home court.
Is there anyone who doubts that KG is going to pull out all stops to win the championship this season? Listen to him talking about the game 7 that he played in while still in Minnesota. (hat tip to our friends at Lex Nihil Novi for the video- if you don't read that blog daily, you are really missing a lot).
I have 3 concerns about this team. First is the Celtics penchant for turning the ball over too much. They top the league in turnovers per possession. One might say that they won 66 games turning the ball over that much and that is very true. But, in the playoffs, mistakes and turnovers become magnified, especially in the conference finals and in the finals. This could come back to bite them if they don't gain some focus and take better care of the ball. Second, the Celtics miss way too many free throws. Like the turnovers, they might be able to get away with this in the regular season, but as the playoffs progress, each possession becomes more valuable and they can't afford to give points away by missing free throws. Hopefully with increased focus that comes with the playoffs, the team will improve in this area also. My third concern is Doc. In the playoffs, coaching becomes much more important than in the regular season. Coaches must make adjustments from game to game and even from quarter to quarter and possession to possession and it becomes a chess match. Doc has never won a playoff series and so it is natural to question whether he can take the Celtics to a Championship. One thing I know is that Doc is smart enough to accept input from his veterans I also know that Tom Thibodeau is one of the best at reading and implementing defenses. KG, Sam Cassell, Ray Allen, PJ Brown, James Posey, Eddie House and Scal are all veterans who know the game inside and out and will add their input as the series go along. Whenever I worry about Doc I just watch this video and feel a little better about it.
I have been reading so many previews and for the most part it all comes back to the writers' biases. Most have a Celtics-Pistons East finals and many have a Celtics-Lakers or Celtics-Jazz finals. I see a Celtics championship through my green colored glasses, no matter who they play.