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Your Morning Dump… where the Celtics are unimpressed with themselves

RedsArmyAdmin November 9, 2009 Uncategorized 5 Comments

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Every
morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here…
highlighting the big storyline.  Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying a good morning dump.

“It’s bigger than what y’all see,” said Kevin Garnett late after
Saturday’s win in New Jersey. “It’s bigger than the previous (game). We
thought we should have beat Phoenix, but at the end of the day they
made shots and we missed a ton of layups, blah, blah, blah.

“But every day we play we’re preparing to be better in the playoffs.
We’re preparing to be a better team. We’re preparing for execution and
things that we know that some day we’re going to cross a bridge and
have to be able to put it all together. And that’s the goal. The goal
is to try to get as perfect as possible. I know that’s probably a
little farfetched, but that’s how we think.”

Herald – Celtics unimpressed by 7-1 start

You guys know the line:  It ain't how you start, it's how you finish.  We're so far away from the end of the season, you can take the dash out of our record and push the numbers together Price is Right style and maybe still not get our win total for the year.

Although… the Bobcats, Bulls and Philly games were impressive.  Just goes to show how it can all look when things are clicking. 

Lessons I think I've learned after 8 games: 

  • Age will play a factor in those long stretches that include a lot of games.  But since those don't exist in the playoffs, it doesn't matter.
  • The Celtics are their own worst enemy.  If they are playing their best, it's going to be damn near impossible to beat them.

I think those are true… but it's still early.  Remember:  October-December really doesn't mean much.  Once we start getting into 2010, then we're REALLY going to start figuring out what teams are really about.

After the jump, Page 2, where that's REALLY the scores of the OKC-Orlando game.

Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

Kevin Durant scored 28 points, Russell Westbrook added 17 points and 10 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder ran away from the defending Eastern Conference champions in the second half Sunday night for a 102-74 victory.

"We're
not a good basketball team right now. I've been saying that, but
nobody's listening," Van Gundy said. "We're totally predicated on
shooting. We do not have any kind of defensive mindset, we don't have
much toughness and we're not very smart. So, right now we're not a very
good team."

ESPN Game Recap

Orlando didn't have Vince Carter or Rashard Lewis.  VC has a sprained ankle… which, of course, is keeping him out longer than expected.  He's listed as day-to-day… but that usually means a week off for VC. 

The rest of the links (all 3 of them):

Globe: Some deep thoughts on the 3  |  WEEI:  Celtics to play with the animals  |  Souza:  Celtics have time to get acquainted

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  • rcry

    I love seeing Orlando lose, but at the same time, I can’t help but feel sad after each OKC win. Isn’t it going to be harder for us to get Kevin Durant if his OKC team turns into a playoff/championship contender?
    Not sure how I feel about the Celtics playing with animals – it’s awesome that the C’s are doing their part to improve literacy in the community, but Rondo needs to keep his $55M hands away from that baby alligator.

  • Bas Rutten Jr.

    “The goal is to try to get as perfect as possible. I know that’s probably a little farfetched, but that’s how we think”
    Far-fetched? That’s all you and every Celtic have been saying since you showed up. We want perfection every night because of you guys constantly repeating this. We want it, we need it, we demand it, and we fucking deserve it!!

  • Double P Reppin the B

    Don’t sleep on OKC. They have loads of young talent playin like crazy over there.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f6a54c2970c ToTheRuins

    There goal is get better every game, and building for the playoffs…how is sleepwalking against the 8 man roster winless nets building for the playoffs 1 game at a time?
    anyways, yawn@ the magic losing without Rashard lewis, vince carter ryan anderson

  • Reality Check

    Deserve it? What makes you any more special than any other fan of any other NBA team. I would argue that Boston deserves it the least because they have the most NBA titles.
    Want it? Of course. Deserve? Hardly.
    Reality check given!