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Had It All The Way

RedsArmyAdmin February 13, 2009 Uncategorized 13 Comments

First, let me start with a Stephen Colbert "wag of my finger" at TNT.  The last 13 seconds of the Bulls-Heat game took 20 minutes to play.  Literally.  Why not start the Celtics game and double box the action for the Boston and Dallas markets?  Cut away and tell me how that game ended while I'm watching my team.

And while I'm bitching like an 80 year old man, when will the NBA just give in and stop calling them "20 second time outs"?  When is the last time a :20 timeout actually lasted 20 seconds?  If you're going to let the network go to commercial, then call it what it is:  a :45 timeout.

Ok… ok… I'm back.  I'm just a little upset that I had to wake up and watch the end of this game on the DVR rather than enjoy it  live because real life requires me to be awake at 6am and I just couldn't power through the end of the game.  It's just not the same watching Paul Pierce drive, spin, step back and nail a patented fadeaway when you know the C's will finish off the huge comeback.

Rajon Rondo has been reduced to "oh by the way" status because Paul Pierce pulled his Superman routine again by scoring 18 of his 31 in the fourth quarter.  That's understandable, but for 3 quarters, it was Rondo who even kept the Celtics close enough for Paul to do his thing.  19 points, 15 boards, 14 assists is no joke.

Let's put 15 rebounds in a little perspective here, shall we?  6'11" Erick Dampier and 7'0" Dirk Nowitzki COMBINED for 15 rebounds.  Hell, Perk and KG combined for 14.  And Rondo shot 9 of 14 from the field.  If Rondo didn't go nuts, it would have been a 30 point blow out and there would be no Pierce "I'll carry you to a win" act.

Special note:  Leon Powe did WORK keeping Dirk Nowitzki in check in the 4th quarter.  Dirk was going nuts until Powe muscled him up. And the Celtics are the third team ever to have 44 wins at the All Star break.  However, the other two didn't win the title, so I wonder how great that really is.

Herald:  Marvelous rally for CelticsAll Stars not aligned Thumbs up for Ray | Globe:  Celtics fight backAllen back in action | WEEI: Instant Analysis | Camerato: Give them a break |  ESPN Daily Dime:  C's refuse to go away quietly

“This is the coach-worry game,” he said. “You’re on the road, and you see all the wives on the road because they’re going from here to wherever their destination is for the break. I look at it that they deserve a break. You just don’t want them to take it until after the game.”  – Doc Rivers

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  • Boston Man

    Purple thong: I know KG didnt acknowledge them. But i saw powe did double take at the guy then noticed he was wearing a bright green jacket and gave him a slap five. The other young guys also give high fives
    Droopy: i noticed that too.

  • droopy

    hahahah mike O goood fucking point.. i forgot when he said that.. what a retard hes finished that move off like a dozen times compared to the 4 it hasnt worked.. what an idiot

  • Lakerhater

    DRJ- Yeah I heard it, and I heard the cash sh*t they talked in every playoff game leading up to it. I’m not sensitive, I actually get a laugh at how stupid they look when they have to reverse themselves so they could have something germaine to say during the last two qtrs of the Celtics game 6 blowout. Its always at it’s worst during Laker games. Its tough for west coast Celtic fans, we don’t get the benefit of hearing Tommy H. homer it for us on a regular basis. Instead we get expert analysis from Gary Payton on why he hates Rondo. OK I admit it, I am getting thin skinned to the Celtic hate, don’t mind rivalry trash talk from other teams fans, thats cool, but the constant dissing from coaches like van gundy who never got over the hump themselves is weak.

  • ThatGuyOverTheOcean

    The timeout rule is much better here in Europe, 2 one-minute timeouts each half plus one bonus to in the 4th quarter. Plain and simple. I hate the NBA rule on timeouts, I think it’s horrible to see a game spanning over 3 hours of length.

  • bigmck

    I’m with you on the late start….not a smart decision by TNT considering a lot of Boston area fans probably didn’t stay up past halftime. Pretty pissed off I missed that finish…

  • Doctor Hardwood

    I have to say this was one of my favorite games so far this season.
    For three quarters we looked like we were mailing it in. But on a night before the All-Star Break, on the road, in the second of a back-to-back, against an on fire Nowitzki, in a tough arena, with KG’s foul trouble and Ray’s bum thumb…we found a way to come back from 15 down (or whatever) and grind out a win as a team.
    Rondo stayed consistent all game, even hitting some big jumpers, KG provided an emotional spark, Leon bodied up on Dirk, and Paul became Superman at the end.
    Unlike the Laker loss, where the ball kept winding up in the wrong hands at crunch time, and unlike the Spurs loss, where we couldn’t execute down the stretch, this time we finished like champs. That took a lot of heart and determination.
    (Now, if we can play like that for 27 more games…anything is possible.)

  • http://www.professionalnoisemaker.blogspot.com Alex

    How can any self-respecting Celtics–or basketball–fan NOT love Pierce? Even before he won a ring, how could you deny the guy is something special? I just feel so lucky that I’ve been able to watch the guy for ten years.
    And Rondo–damn, son! That was a MAN’S triple-double right there!

  • Bill

    Yeah man. Pierce did the post-game interview, and then the fist pump and the “woo” as he’s walking to the locker room. Still acts like it’s high school ball that’s not a chore to play. I love seeing that the fire is still there.
    But let’s face it, Rondo was the only guy playing hard the first 3 quarters and it took Doc’s ejection to get everybody else going. Pierce is the man at stepping up when the game’s on the line, but can they play like that in the first half? Please?

  • AboveTheRim

    Can’t let good teams lurk around and that’s exactly what Dallas did. They repeatedly blew chances to end it with the jugular blow. Cs battled and hung tough the whole game.
    That was a vintage Paul Pierce 4th qtr. I thoroughly enjoyed that game.

  • PxFunk

    I like that point you made there DRJ, about Pierce and Doc havin each others back…I have always been of the mindset that Tom Thib was more valuable to this team than Doc was, and I even thought it might be a good idea to fire Doc and give Thib the job so he wouldnt leave to go somewhere else. You got me wonderin though, what would happen to this team without Doc? Hes not the X’s and O’s genious that coach T is, but does he provide something that no one else could??

  • Mike O

    The Iso for Pierce was just insane. You could see that they were a little tired and Pierce just carried them through. I love the way Powe was sticking Dirk and not biting on his head fakes. Baby on the other hand needs to learn to stay planted. He is not a shot blocker so just keep your hands up and make the shot as difficult as possible.
    Doug Collins is also mildly retarded. Did anyone else pick up when he said he has never seen Rondo finish the behind the back fake? How many C’s game have you seen, bub?

  • venus

    Great win. Another impressive 4th quarter on the road. Rondo is just a beast. No wimpy triple dubs for him. If the league tries to punks him by taking a rebound well there’s 14 more where that came from. Love it.

  • NineSevenEight

    Another “gracious” excerpt from the model citizen that is Mr. Mark Cuban:
    “Cuban has held his tongue in regard to officiating for the last several seasons. But he could not stay quiet after the referee crew of Dick Bavetta, Scott Wall and Derek Richardson sent the Celtics to the line 15 times in the fourth quarter to only four trips for the Mavericks.
    ‘If Dirk got the officiating that Paul Pierce gets, he’d go to the line 10 more times a game,’ Cuban said. ‘I don’t know if it’s because they are the champions or what, but it’s amazing that Dirk takes such a pounding and doesn’t get the same respect from the officials.’
    ‘And it’s the same with Josh Howard. He’d be a perennial All-Star if he got the same calls that Paul Pierce gets.’
    As for the free throws, Nowitzki ended up with 12, but only four after halftime.”
    He sure didn’t look too upset with the officiating when KG picked up 3 fouls in about as many seconds. Or when he smacked Doc’s ass on his way to the locker room. Why is that? Maybe because his team had a 20-13 advantage in free throw shooting going into the 4th quarter. For three quarters the Celtics practically GAVE the Mavs the game. With TWENTY turnovers..THEY STILL WHOPPED THAT ASS…