I was just watching the NBA on TNT show this morning and they presented the best Playoff drama where they were voting for the best performances by a player under duress. They missed the boat on this one. Three are good: Kobe playing on a bad ankle in the 2000 finals, Derek Fisher returning to the Jazz after dealing with his daughter's cancer in New York all day, and Paul Pierce returning to play after going down in the 2008 finals. It was a bit irritating that Kenny, Chuck and Ernie were making fun and saying that Pierce's injury was fake, however. There are two that are a bit iffy in my opinion. Steve Nash playing against his former team. Yeah, that is a bit of drama but I think they could have done better. Dirk scoring 50 points after being mocked by Tim Thomas. Yeah, that's a bit of drama but again, they could have done better. And the last one just doesn't belong. Kobe playing after being in court for raping a girl? PULLEEZE! Nothing noble about that. The one they left off was Ray Allen's performance in the 2008 finals after spending all night and the following day in the hospital after Walker was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. That is a lot more drama than a rapist playing after pleading not guilty in court.
The Lakers have won two games on their road trip after losing the first. But, they are struggling. Both games took a miracle shot by Kobe to win it and one went to overtime. And it took some serious help from the refs to beat the Bucks. Kobe travels first and then plows into Andrew Bogut who had good position and was set and Kobe gets the basket and 1. Horrible, horrible call that was the difference in the game. I'm sorry but when I watch a bad call like that which decides a game, Tim Donaghy sounds more and more believable.
The Lakers play the Nets on Saturday and the Pistons on Sunday before heading back home to play the Thunder and then the Cavs on Christmas day. That kind of irks me. When the Celtics were champs and played the Lakers on Christmas day, they had to play on the road. No respect for the Celtics. They should have had the home game for Christmas since they were the champs, but instead they were in LA. The Kobe and LeBron puppets are back. Looks like we will see a lot more officiating go in favor of the Lakers and Cavs since David Stern is determined to get a Kobe/LeBron finals.
The Red Claws won their 7th in a row last night. Lester Hudson finished with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 block. Bill Walker contributed 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block. Jim Fossel has been doing a good job of covering the Red Claws and will now be posting his recaps over on the Celtics Town blog. You should check out his latest post. Here is a just a portion of it:
Jon Jennings has – from scratch – assembled what is now the best team in the D-League. They have the most NBA talent, the best record, and one of the most experienced coaching staffs around. He’s not only brought pro basketball to the Pine Tree State, he’s brought a very watchable on-the-court product that will serve both Maine basketball fans and the Boston Celtics well.
I've become a Red Claws fan and if you watch a few games, I'm sure you will be too. Their next game is Saturday 12/19 at 7:30 vs Fort Wayne and you can watch it on NBA Futurecast.
The Celtics are back in action tonight after a 3 day layoff. We are playing the Sixers, who have been terrible of late. But, the Celtics haven't played very well at home on Friday nights this season. Let's hope that has changed along with the return of their swagger. I'd love for an early Gino appearance tonight.