Seems like a lot of people have a similar reaction to last night's game. As Chuck was writing the previous post, I was making the point on the Examiner that the "power play dunk" itself didn't cost the Celtics, but the way they handled it did.
How many times in sports… all sports… have we heard "play until the whistle?" If Garnett had played until the whistle, he could have rotated over challenged, maybe even stopped the dunk. You can still yell that they've got six guys. Everyone else can yell that they have six guys. Somewhere in the next second of play, the refs would have seen it. The Celtics could have saved a second and a half on the clock. That could have gotten them something better than a half court heave at the buzzer. They could have prevented a moment that made the Blazers laugh and stay loose.
I've got the screen grabs on there to show how easy it would have been for KG to stop… or at least contest the dunk.
The question now is whether this is a symptom of a bigger problem, or if this is just a lull in the season.
Also out there: I was on Celtics Stuff Live this past weekend. I keep forgetting to put that link, but you can listen to it to hear me make an ass out of myself. I'm on about 15 minutes into it.
Bloggers have united once again for the MVP/Rookie of the Year rankings. KG is on the MVP list… but LeBron is still easily #1