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Ummm, yeah that Celts/Cavs game was a wakeup call

February 26, 2010

Rondo controlled the tempo of the first quarter and for most of the first half: the Cavs were forced to play with us.

Rondo controlled the tempo of the first quarter and for most of the first half: the Cavs were forced to play with us.

Whoa. What a first half. The Celtics shot +60% from the field, pulling down rebounds, sinking shots both in the half court and in transition, we were able to stop everyone in an ugly red uniform aside from #23… Up by 8 at the half against arguably the best team in the league? It felt great and it was an impressive showing from a team that’s been playing pretty well since the break.

Then the second half happened.
Ummmmm, yeah that was kind of a wake-up call. When the Cavs dialed it up, locked down, and tuned in, the Celtics had no answer. It was scary how well the Cavs played in the second half, and even scarier to think that this is still a team that just had an integral piece newly inserted into its lineup. Antawn Jamison is only going to get better, and therefore the Cavs will only get better. Once Big Z comes back, their front-line will be even more solidified and be flexible in the sense that they will have Shaq, Jamison, Big Z, JJ Hickson, Varejao, and Powe. Whoa. All hell could break loose. The Cavs went small and we couldn’t gaurd them. Granted, small meant insanely fast, quick, and productive. They spaced out on the floor to give way to Lebron tanking through the lane with a slug-like slipperiness and a buttery-like smoothness… But this also allowed for guys to sit behind the arc waiting for dimes to be handed out.

We had no answers.

There are two ways to look at this loss: through a new-school lens (stats!) and through an old-school lens (empirical evidence!).

You can stop blinking now: the entire team indeed ended in the negative for the +/- stat.

You can stop blinking now: the entire team indeed ended in the negative for the +/- category.

New-School Lens:
Daryl Morey is really setting the tone for how we can use varying statistics to analyze a different, more deeper level of the game. Through some Morey-emulated manipulative regressions, I have figured out that statistically, we sucked. 3-21 in the fourth quarter? Gross.

Old-School Lens:
Okay. Stats won’t really help us here. What we really want to look at is the empirical evidence of the few breakdowns that lead to the Cavs roaring back. You know, the kind of thing old-school scouts used to look at: we couldn’t play defense and we couldn’t play offense. No stops and no buckets. Ew.

Celtics’ byline all season:

Boston Celtics
Veteran Team Poised for the Playoffs That Might Not Have It All Together During The Regular Season But That Is Definitely Poised For A Real Playoff Run

I still think that our team is better suited for the playoffs than the regular season. A series against a team is much different than just playing one game. Am I imagining that we really can be better than we are? I am beginning to not even believe myself when I say we are still viable, legitimate contenders after seeing now bad we are playing at times, but how GOOD teams like the Cavs, Lakers, Magic, Nuggets, and Hawks really are. They’re good. Damn good.

And now, to get out my frustration. More reasons to hate LBJ, Varejao, and most of all, Mo Williams.

Lebron James: he can do no harm; he owns the paint, whistles blow when someone looks at him as if he’s got a “get out of jail free card” on him at all times.

LBJ and his get out of jail free card.

LBJ and his get out of jail free card.

Anderson Varejao never leaves him without his pink Ralph Lauren Polo tote bag filled with kleenex for his tears and his Academy Award for being the Best Actor of 2010 for his role as a flopping big man that can play basketball.

Tote in hand: with kleenex and his Academy Award.

Tote in hand: with kleenex and his Academy Award.

And finally, Mo Williams: he’s such a freakin’ baby that Cleveland ownership might have to change their team name to the Cleveland Pampers. Uniform change is obviously a must.

Those diapers look heavy, Mo...

Those diapers look heavy, Mo...

Yeah, I’m a little angry.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Celtsfan33 permalink
    February 26, 2010 10:47 pm

    Ha. Yeah I’m still upset about that game but this post was really good.

    • February 27, 2010 2:27 am

      Thanks for reading, CeltsFan33. You’re too loyal and way too generous! Spread the love to your friends!

  2. February 27, 2010 1:17 pm

    I had to calm down for a day before reading anything about Thursday’s meltdown.

    This was a good read. Funny and informative.

    • February 27, 2010 1:22 pm

      I had to write about something kind of light because honestly, that was just terrible. Meltdown would be a good word to describe what happened, or you can just say the story of the 2010 season.

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