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Is this our season?

RedsArmyAdmin March 15, 2010 Uncategorized 82 Comments

By DRJ

I will tell you a tale that may or may not be a prediction of what is
about to happen to the Celtics. You decide……

The Celtics are one of the oldest teams playing in the NBA. One of their
bigs is considered by many to be out of shape, overweight, and well
past his prime. Many believe he's tanking games, and accuse him of never
trying, not defending, not doing his job, etc. Their cherished star
forward is also aging, ailing and playing far below his own standard.

As the regular season winds down, the Cs are looking dangerously
unready. They lose to bad teams. They look disinterested and dispirited.
And they keep losing. They will no doubt end the season with an unhappy
record of less than 50 games won, good for just 4th seed in the East.
Most people, including their own fans, believe they'll be one and done
in the playoffs, or at best, eliminated in the second round.

But the Celtics will wake up the day the playoffs begin. They will start
playing with urgency and focus. They will start looking like the
Celtics of old. They will FLIP THEIR SWITCH!

The Cs will go through the Eastern Conference like a hot knife through
butter. Each team they face will be favored to beat them, yet they will
win each series in convincing fashion, and earn their Finals spot.


In the Finals, the Celtics will meet their most hated rivals, the team
whose top star is widely regarded as one of the best to ever play the
game. The Cs’ opponents will have HCA of course, and will be HEAVILY
favored to win the championship. Few will give Boston any chance of
winning.

After losing the first two games, the Celtics will find a way to stop
(or rather, slow down) their opponents' top scorer. It will work. The Cs
will win games 3 and 4 to even the series. The Western team will charge
back to win game 5. But the Celtics will regroup, their aging,
battle-tested stars rising to each new challenge, finding ways to
overcome every adversity. They will play with passion and teamwork and
ubuntu… especially on defense, which they consider their forte and the
core of their identity.

The Celtics will win the Finals series and the championship in the 7th
game, on the road. The sports world will be stunned. All will then
believe that this team and what they've done will go down as
one of the greatest stories in sports history.

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Your decision? Will this, or will this not happen?

Are you done?

Good. Here is the answer:

It happened. To the 1968-69 Celtics, who, after finishing the regular
season with a dismal record of 48-34, beat Jerry West and the
heavily-favored Lakers in the 7th game of the 1969 Finals.

Note: The 2010 Celtics' record will be better than 48-34.

:::::Anything is possible:::::

[P.S. Bill Russell (35) and Sam Jones (36) both retired after the
1969 season. The 2010 Celtics' oldest starter is Ray Allen (34),
followed by KG (33) and Paul Pierce (32).]

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  • Danno

    I just renewed my season seats.
    Time to blow it up, Danny.

  • thetitleisours

    We need to find a bench with heart

  • Timati

    Amen

  • Alex

    IF (and a Big IF) the Celtics win this year, I will literally shit my pants. And you can bet your ass I will purchase that Celtics documentary that will most likely talk about the struggles, etc. and what they had to deal with to improve their team to win it all.
    Unfortunately, I don’t see this happening because the 2009-2010 Celtics probably has less heart.

  • Caterpillar from Italy

    I think it’s a dangerous movie to keep watching..
    Let’s hook to reality, and see things as they really are: the other night they didn’t even look bored, they looked scared. Yes, scared, probably by themselves before any opponent. And that’s very telling.

  • Danno

    Over the last few games, the Bench has NOT been the problem.
    It’s Pierce, Garnett, Perk, & Rondo.
    Pierce looks lost, confused.
    Garnett has been better lately, but still has issues.
    Perk is a shell of himself. Looks more like the guy who was fighting for minutes with Al Jefferson.
    Rondo is aggravatingly brilliant and terrible at the same time. So streaky. makes fantastic passes, and then follows them up with throwing the ball out of bounds, or right into the hands of defenders. Plays little defense besides trying to make steals.

  • CFH

    Possible? Sure. They’re going to make the playoffs, they have lots of playoff experience, and who knows who will/won’t be injured or on a hot streak then.
    Probable? Not so much.

  • thetitleisours

    I think it is time also for the big three to take a pay cut so we can add a stronger bench to carry them more as they can no longer shoulder the load

  • Donald

    I get pissed every time someone suggests to “blow it up” Because that’s worked so well before? The problem is these are the same people who didn’t even watc hthe C’s before the new “Big 3″. Do you think the 2006 Spurs should have “blown it up”? So many fans deal in absolutes and extremes it’s aggrevating.

  • Danno

    That’s great.
    I’m the one that said blow it up.
    I’m a season ticket holder and have been for years. I’ve been watching since Cowens and Bird and Maxwell.
    they need to bring in younger talent. If that means breaking up the big 3, so be it. We do NOT need another post-1987 Celtics era.

  • the-green-way

    I gave up on this team, since the new jersey nets came here and ambarrassed the celtics at the garden. they have been playing terrible basketball for about 3 months now. it shouldn’t take that long to figured it out. I have no hope for this team. they have no heart, no since of urgency, they lazy on defense, they are done. i’m already looking forward for the next season. I can’t wait to see what danny ainge does in the off season. He needs to bring some young athletic players to boston.

  • Donald

    @Danno
    Name me a young team that has ever won a Championship.

  • larry

    the celtics will be tough for any team to beat four times.!!i know this sounds crazy, but we are the “boston celtics” and we win championships.!!there is a certain amount of pride when you wear that jersey.!!no matter who’s wearing it.!!i feel like tommy heinsohn, nothing alse matters except winning.!!

  • DRJ

    Please note: All the comments about the Cs’ problems in this thread so far sound correct. All the complaints and predictions sound reasonable.
    Just wanna point out that these are almost exactly the same things that the Cs’ fans were saying about them in 1969, before the playoffs began. Russell was too fat and too old (he was player-coach at the time). They didn’t care anymore. The team had no heart. Sam Jones was old and had lost it. It’s the starters. They’re going to lose for sure. And all the rest of it.
    Just sayin’…

  • Danno

    1981 Boston Celtics. The only guys over 30 were Tiny Archibald and Chris Ford.
    1984 Boston Celtics. Robert Parish was 30. Scott Wedman was 31. ML Carr was 32. Everyone else was under 30.
    1986 Boston Celtics. Larry Bird was 29. Robert Parish was 32. Bill Walton was 33. everyone else was under 30.
    Learn your Celtics history, kiddo.

  • Double P Reppin the B

    In 1969 there was maybe 3 good teams in the league… Celtics would have to overcome a tough team in every round, on the road for every really tough series going through the games 2 best players in the world Lebron and Kobe, on the road. DRJ, sorry my friend but you gotta come back to reality

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5ebb21970c JD

    STOP GIVING ME HOPE!

  • Donald

    @Danno
    First and foremost don’t call me kiddo you have no idea who I am I will literally make you sick to your stomach with the shit I will say to you. I’ll give credit where credit is due for those examples but if you think your going to blow it up and get the caliber of players on those teams you need to learn your history fuck head.

  • Danno

    oooh. tough guy.
    I believe fuckhead is one word, a compound word insult. Like dickhead, or fruitcake. But please, for the sake of the children, leave the trolling to the Lakers fans, ‘kay cupcake?
    I’m allowed to have my opinion about the current Celtics team’s roster and age issues. You’re allowed to disagree. You don’t need to get all angry and worked up over it. Let’s try not to get all emotional. It’s just Basketball.

  • Donald

    @Danno
    You see the problem is everyone thinks they are a gm and the reality of it is they wouldn’t know the first thing about running a team. So instead they throw a bunch of bullshit out there and think they have the answer.
    Sure you can have your opinion. Just like me. I think you $%&*&# &#&#**@ *#&&$* your wife. Or are you just a &#^@*& @@#$%( who like to go &@^$#&&* on a guy?

  • Perry

    If we have anything left to hang our collective hats on it’s this season’s 23-5 start.
    My question is — how do you flip the switch and turn on toughness?
    What cataclysmic event will change this team’s rebounding woes?
    It is bordering on false hope to assume an 18-19 team since December can rise above all these demons. On the other hand it is true the 69′ Celtics did come through in the post season. In fact so did the 75′ Warriors and 85′ Bullets, but it doesn’t inspire confidence.
    I like our chances against Orlando, but I don’t want to see Atlanta. If the Celts wind up the 4 seed, and the 8 through 5 seeds are beat, it leaves 1 vs. 4.
    Now as good as Cleveland is I am not ready to pull a Van Gundy and pronounce them NBA Champs. True, if they would have more open shots in the 1st half (Jameison missed at least 5 threes), and knocked more free throws the margin of victory may have been much larger. The fact is, our starters matched their starters for 3 quarters despite Pierce and Ray both registering a sub par first half. The difference is guys like Leon and Varejao are doing the little things the Celtics used to do.
    So yes there is still hope, but to contend for the title a few story lines must take shape.
    1- Kevin and Paul must revert back or play as close to 100%.
    2- Doc has to find better combinations and trim down his rotation to 8 or 9 guys.
    3- Opponents second chance points must be controlled.
    4- Rebounding must be addressed.

  • DRJ

    Double P… I’m there. In reality, I mean. I’m far from certain that these guys CAN flip a switch that gets them where they need to be. Some of the guys look real close to hopeless right now.
    Just pointing out that all this was said in ’69 too. You never know.

  • DRJ

    Ok, let’s have an argument over whether “fuck-head” is one word or two. Why not, we argue about everything else round here….

  • gustusias

    That ’68-’69 team was purposely paced that season by Russell, the coach and player. He realized before the season began that that was the only way legs would be fresh come playoff time. I see no such mechanism working here. I dislike the acquisition of Rasheed Wallace this past offseason and believe he is an unspoken albatross to them. More than this, Pierce looks terrible and they blew one in trading Billy Walker. Two years on our team and he was never even once given a fair chance! He is playing great in NYC. And Great for him! Booz are handed out to Ainge and esp. Rivers.I hope they do blow it up and your belief in a championship this year is fantasyland. Ridiculous.

  • DRJ

    (1) This is not a “belief in a championship.” The point is only that all this has happened before, including lots of guys like you who were disgusted and SURE the Cs were going nowhere. They were all wrong.
    (2) How do you know there’s “no such mechanism working here”? Could be. We’ve seen no evidence that there isn’t.
    (3) I hated Sheed too. But of all the guys on this team, he’s the one I’m SURE (as sure as can be) is saving it for the playoffs. Mostly because he’s done it before, and because he’s actually said so.

  • DRJ

    Can we make this go away?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/starlow evets

    I remember that year (was at the Garden for S. Jones series-saving shot in the finals) and this comment is absolutely correct. The playoffs consisted of 3 rounds. We played two good teams, the not yet ready for prime time Knicks, and the not yet great Lakers. Even accounting for difference in era, neither of these teams could compare with this year’s Cavs or Lakers. The Celts played a really mediocre Philly team in the 1st round and were able to ramp up to speed without much trouble. If they’d had to play the Philly team of of a year or two before, they’d have been crushed. Luckily for the Celts, ’69 was a down year for the league, as was ’76 when the Celts lucked into a finals match with the Suns. This year they’ll need to go through 4 very demanding rounds. I’m not sure the ’69 team would have been able to handle the kind of challenge that awaits this year’s team.

  • DRJ

    Perry, you sound like a guy trying to convince himself… and doing a pretty good job of it. :)
    Yeah, it’s all possible. It’s not hard to imagine that they can turn on a “toughness” switch… easy, actually. What new factor? The fact that IT’S THE PLAYOFFS. And… GAMES MATTER. Right now, regardless of whatever we say or think… GAMES DON’T MATTER. That truth doesn’t change, no matter how “important” we think a game is.
    The Cs long ago lost HCA in the ECF. And the matchups?… who cares? Fact is, if they play their game the right way, they can beat anybody. If they don’t, they can’t beat anybody. So it’s not about our opponents, it’s always been only about us.

  • BRADinLA

    LOL, yeah like George Costanza said, hope is killing me

  • BRADinLA

    Hey DRJ, did the 1969 C’s lose to the better teams in the league that year the way we’re losing to a lot of 500+ teams?

  • DRJ

    Yep. Talent is much more widely distributed in the league now. Every playoff team will be good, and dangerous. The Cs would have to flip a switch, work really hard, and get lucky… in order to win it all.
    But that’s true for every team, especially the last two.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    Dude… we don’t need crap like this on the site. Now I have to ban your comment.

  • DJ Bento Box

    HA HA!!!!
    Reading all the infighting coming from all these Boston Homos is hilarious!
    Back to the abyss for you!
    See you in the finals in ANOTHER 20 years!

  • DRJ

    Starting from ~February, 1969, they lost to:
    TEAM……RECORD (at year end)
    ——————-
    NY Knicks…..54-28
    San Diego…..37-45
    Baltimore…..57-25
    Atlanta…..48-34
    Philly…..55-27
    Seattle…..30-52
    San Fran…..41-41
    Lakers…..55-27
    Cinci…..41-41
    (Duplicates excluded.)
    As you can see, they lost to all kinds of teams, good and bad. Fans thought they were toast. So did the media.

  • DRJ

    I was in LA in June, 2008. Wanna talk about “infighting”? Ha! After game 4, in certain neighborhoods you were risking your life if you said something the wrong way about the Lakers. And Kobe? He was reviled by just about everybody — for causing the greatest collapse in Finals history.

  • Danno

    Whoa. That escalated quickly.
    Brick killed a guy with a trident.

  • Donald

    @Danno
    Brick, I’ve been meaning to talk to you about that. You should find yourself a safehouse or a relative close by. Lay low for a while, because you’re probably wanted for murder.

  • DRJ

    Sorry… I’m lost. Who’s Brick?

  • Double P Reppin the B

    Well for the sake of all of our sanity’s, since going thru the comments I am beginning to question a few, I hope DRJ is right! and we do crank it up in the playoffs and run through these teams that have been disrespecting us all season long. Then we can all turn and laugh at the rest of the league for hating on us all season long.

  • DJ Bento Box

    So let’s see….
    You’re trying to compare “infighting’ from fans during the finals with Celtic whiners chopping each other up with 17 games left to go in the season?
    Ha, indeed!
    I think what the real issue is that Celtic fans are finally starting to wake up and coming to the realization that their budding “Dynasty’ and next “Big 3″ were nothing more than the 05-06 Miami Heat redux. Your owner BOUGHT you a championship and mortgaged the next 10+ years of potential contention with the players they had and would have had for the rapidly aging, fake contending, false tough guys you have now.
    And you suckers bought it and now you’re starting to come out of your store-bought championship haze and you don’t like what you see.

  • DRJ

    Suggestion: change that last word to “jizzer”.

  • DJ Bento Box

    I’m not even a C’s fan and I find it ridiculous and comedic that ANY C’s fan has the temerity to compare the players on this team with the players on this squad. Look at what some of the guys on that squad had already accomplished up to that point compared to the guys on this team. does anyone have the press clippings from back then when Bill Russell mentioned that his squad was “bored’ with the regular season? I’d love to see them.
    The fact is that the “Big 3″ really haven’t accomplished anything besides putting up numbers. If they hadn’t caught the perfect storm in ’08 they’d still be in the same conversation that C’s fans have about Reggie Miller, ‘Nique & Chuck. Great players who shouldn’t run their mouths ’cause they never won jack.
    And the fact is they’re just barely over that level now because of how quickly they’ve become injury-ridden, aging has-beens.
    a little perspective, C’s fans.

  • Celtics 9 Lakers 2

    I was at the 3 games in the Boston Garden in 1969
    (I’m in my 50’s)and watched game 7 on T.V.
    4 of the Celtics on that team were Bill Russell,Sam Jones,K.C Jones, and a young John Havlicek. Those are 4 players who are all in the Hall of Fame and have a total of 37 championship rings as players. The Celtics have the Big 3 who will be in the H.O.F. one day and Rondo may make it 1 day. Comparing the 1969 celtics with the 2010 Celtics is a joke. Please don’t compare those teams.

  • DRJ

    “Perfect storm”? What storm was that? Are you referring to the two 7-game series they had to go through, one after the other, just to get to the ECF, and then that very tough series to get to the Finals? Is it the fact that the Lakers were heavily favored in 08 (once again)? Or was it, perhaps, that they came back from a 24-point deficit in game 4 for the biggest comeback in playoff history? Just wondering… what “perfect storm”?

  • DRJ

    In every generation, there are people who are sure that prior generations (typically, when they themselves were young) were better, incomparable to the present day.
    The key Celtics now are younger than they were back in ’69. Comparisons can never be perfect, but I think our guys stand up pretty well next to those guys. KG and Russell, Havilcek and Paul, Sam and Ray, K.C. and Rondo… it’s a conversation.

  • Joseph

    Talk about a wet dream!!! Hey man, I know you’re a Boston fan (quite sad really), but quit living in the 60’s and wake up to the 21st century. I know, I know, you Boston fans like to live in the past like the 60’s, but let’s face it, those days are done and so are the Suckdics. Blow it up Danny!! Boston is old, have no more legs and have no more heart. It will be another long 22 years before your next title. HAHAHAHA, I for one am happy about that :)

  • Mick

    Your dreaming I’m not sure the personalities on this team will allow for your dream scenario I think that the locker room does not have the same hunger or desire to repeat the 2008 championship, but in saying that I am still hoping your right.

  • FLCeltsFan

    Excellent post! I’ve been holding onto the 69 champs as hope all season.

  • Perry

    But there should some consistency leading into the post season, and frankly a 2-9 record against Orlando, Cleveland and Atlanta will not give them any physiological advantage should they fall behind to any of these teams in a 7 game series
    You’re right on one count. If they play like the 23-5 team that started the season then the opponent matters less, but the facts are the more they lose games they should win the less confident they are.
    Kendrick Perkins: “I think Doc got more confidence in us than we’ve got in ourselves.”
    That was Gary Washburn’s tweet from last night. Sure it’s all about how we roll, but you have give some credence to what Perk is saying. LOL

  • DJ Bento Box

    The Lakers were heavily favored in ’08? Are you for real? Take a look back and see if you can find anywhere the Lakers were favored at any time during the season. That year we were supposed to be in a “let’s see if this team can work as constituted” mode and we easily exceeded expectations. The finals was a 50/50 shot.
    I think it’s pretty amusing how Celtic fans need to tell themselves consistently that you’re the “underdog” and everyone is “against you”. Winning will be sweeter because nobody likes us. The referees are always against us. Pretty embarrassing for a fan base that will talk all about their 17 world championships (with exactly 1 of those won after 1986) and unparalleled tradition but still feel the need to cry about and make excuses for their team like a fan base just learning to experience success.
    Your owner bought you a title and you beat a Laker team still learning to win and now less than 2 YEARS LATER we’ve got one in the bank and are contending for another for the next 4-5 seasons and the only concern you’ve got is cap space in 2012 and “blow it up, Danny!”.
    But keep hanging on to ’08. Really. You’ve got to go all the way back to the mid-eighties to remember another and I wouldn’t want you to ask an older relative what it felt like way, waaaaay back then.

  • DRJ

    Yeah… Perk. Resident philosopher and all-around orator for the Boston Celtics. Heaven help us.

  • DRJ

    You know, DJ… it’s quite an accomplishment the way you refuse to let facts get in the way of your latest rants. Here ya go… something to read from way back then. You know… “facts”, those pesky little buggers:
    http://www.point-spreads.com/basketball/052208-nba-championship-prediction-la-lakers-favored-to-win-it-all.html
    http://www.ogpaper.com/news/news-02017.html
    http://sportsgambling.about.com/od/basketball/a/08nbafinals.htm

  • Robert

    Even if this years team wins it all, it won’t be worth it to me. I don’t get any satisfaction watching or following this team. This team is about as much fun to watch as the Rick Pitino years where everyone quit because they hated the coach so much. Maybe I’ll just quit following them until April. This bullshit just disgusts me. Give me a team full of overachieving, less talented players that give 100% every game like Ryan Gomes and Leon POWE.
    In reality, this team knows it’s finished, they try hard and when the other team fights back, they quit and say they are just waiting for the playoffs.

  • irisheyes9302

    Thanks DRJ. I needed that today.

  • DRJ

    It really wouldn’t be worth it to you, if they end up winning it all? Really??
    Maybe if you reconsider…..

  • Section328

    Brick: LOUD NOISES!!!
    DRJ, I love the faith – hope you are right. We’ll be tough to beat 4 times by anyone.
    It’s all about the bench. We knew what we were getting when Posey, Powe, Baby, Eddie and hell, even TA came in the game. A spark of energy, some lock down defending, some shooting. Now? It’s a gamble.

  • DJ Bento Box

    Oh, you mean like the way you’re desperately sticking to one single point in all the writing we’ve done back and forth between us instead of commenting on anything else? “I’ll just keep trying to make my one point and I’ll keep playing blind to anything else being written. He’ll never notice! Tee hee hee!”
    Is it because a non-Celtic fan has explained away perfectly that which actual Celtic fans can’t bear to see even though it’s directly in front of their faces?
    Your team was effectively irrelevant in the very league it’s supposed to be the most “storied franchise” in for over 20 YEARS and because your owner paid for lightning in a bottle and one championship but also sold the team’s future down the river for the next decade makes Celtic fans boasts of greatness comical.
    72 wins!!! Guaran-sheed!!! Quis is the answer!! Perk is a BEAST!!
    How can we unload ‘Sheed & KG’s contracts in the offseason??? Fire Doc!!!
    How quickly reality sets in.
    The Boston Heat. The Miami Celtics. 1 bought championship for each franchise since ’86 and now one offseason away from “blowing it up” and falling in to the abyss of the Eastern Conference’s bottom half.
    Now what were you saying about the Lakers being favored in ’08? That’s a pretty important topic.

  • DJ Bento Box

    Weren’t you beaten 4 times by Atlanta?
    And 3 times by Orlando?
    And haven’t you lost 2 of 3 against Cleveland?
    So are you not talking about the 3 teams ahead of you in the standings? Are you just talking about the teams behind you having a tough time beating you 4 games? Is that what you’re saying?

  • Mike

    Definitely. I think Celtics are going to win the title this year
    What people have to understand is that if you bring 100% every night in the regular season the chances of you getting hurt goes up drastically.
    Face it. What do you people want a 53-14 record right now with 3 guys hurt?, or 41-24 and everybody playing? I would much rather the 41-24 with everybody on the court. People don’t want to get hurt in a basketball game, especially when you look at what happened to Celtics last year. They know playoffs are near and are coasting until they get there and rightfully so.
    Majority of the fans ans sports writers have no clue what they are talking about when they talk about Boston. They hate Celtics so they write accordingly.
    Celticsblog stinks too, and I’m glad you posted here DRJ1, because you are the best over there.
    Vinnie is a nut case and I wouldn’t go near the dude, I think he is a lakers or cavs fan in disguise anyway. dude is a straight up traitor.
    I can’t post over there, because like I said those dudes on celticsblog are nuts. You can’t say anything postive about the team over there, and the rules are way too strict.
    Think about it, when playoff time comes around, you think scrubs and nobodies who never did anything before in the playoffs are going to rise up and beat the Celtics?
    Scrubs like Jamario Moon, Patchula, Delonte West, JJ Hickson, Mo Williams, Matt Barnes.
    Sorry those dudes are scrubs, and when playoff time comes around, those players aren’t going to suddenly start dominating and running stuff in the playoffs.
    Big names like Garnett, Allen, Pierce, Rondo, Sheed, Finley, etc are. All big names with titles, all been there, all stars with expirence. None of this Cleveland Atlanta scrub crap, its not going to happen.
    So Lets go Celtics 2009-10 WORLD CHAMPIONS!!

  • Mike

    I think 6 teams have a legitimate chance at the title this year. Celtics, Lakers, Nuggets, Magic, Mavs, Jazz.
    I think the Celtics have the best odds at the championship.
    Look at the regular season and it seems that so far the Celtics have it the best. Why? Because they aren’t busting their * to waste time in a less than meaningful regular season game.
    Lakers are going to struggle, too many minutes for Kobe, besides they got 6 good players and the rest of the team are scrubs. Sorry Shannon Brown, Vujacic, Farmer, L Walton, that is scrub status right there.
    Nuggets have a great chance, but they need everybody, if a KMart isn’t there it will be too much to overcome, but this could be their year and if everybody is clicking they can definetly get to the Finals and win it all.
    Mavs have a chance too. You have experience with Kidd and Dirk, plus the new additions, if everybody is there, they can win it all.
    Jazz look good too. They have everybody and good chemistry so it could be the year the go over the top.
    Magic have a great chance too because they have the big man with Howard, and they have talent surrounding him, Magic are the biggest challenge to the Celtics in the East.
    Face Reality. Cavs and Hawks are scrubs and are going nowhere. I could careless what writers and nuthuggers say. The Hawks have 4 good players with JJ, Josh, Jamal & Horford, Bibby can still play but the rest of the team is scrubs.
    Cavs are a fraud. Check their stats for this year. Only 19 times have they scored over 110 points, held opponents to under 82 points, or won by 18 or more points. Check NBA history. Check all the teams who either won 60+ games or won a title. Do you know where the Cavs are going to end up in this statistic at the end of the year?
    Dead last by a mile. The lowest ever was the 2000-01 Lakers who did the above statistic 28 times and that is the low of all-time. The Cavs will be dead last, because they are frauds. The refs favored them so hard this year, otherwise they wouldn’t have this stat. They are too one dimensional. Watch them. All they do is hit 3’s, get offensive boards or tip ins, get fouled, or get quick cuts to the basket. They score no other way.
    You can mask 48 FT in a regular season game, but you can’t do it in the playoffs. Imagine a Celtics/Cavs series where the Cavs shoot 48 FT in Game 1. You think they will shoot 48 FT in Game 2? No because then people will realize the refs are fixing games hard.
    So all that stands in the way for the Celtics to get to the Finals is Orlando, and then they will face a great opponent out west in the Finals.

  • Mike

    Who are you?
    You want to go crazy in the regular season.
    Knock yourself out homie.

  • Mike

    You’re a phony dude. Stop posting acting like a nutcase. Go worship herbs and nuthuggers, and media alike.

  • Mike

    You’re a nutcase buddy. Celtics are Champs. Deal with it.
    Go play regular season games with your buddies and lift regular season trophies.

  • Mike

    ESPN picked them 9-1 over the Celtics.
    You’re a phony dude. Go root for the teams ESPN licks.

  • Mike

    Dude, just keep typing. The Celtics will just keep playing basketball.
    You’re a computer nerd.

  • Mike

    17 titles, going on 18 that is how you flip it buddy.

  • DJ Bento Box

    Champs when? In ’08?
    See, they didn’t win in ’09. The Lakers did. So that would make the Lakers champs until they defend their title or someone else beats them this year.
    Are you talking about the one title you’ve won in 20+ years since the Bird era?
    Or are you talking about the era when you won all those other titles? You know, back when tv’s were still in black and white, Boston will still a race-divided city, the league didn’t even have a television contract and bowling was more popular (and televised) and the league consisted of 8 TEAMS and a 72 games schedule? Are you talking about THOSE titles? The ones from 50 years ago?
    Wow. But really, your “nutcase” argument has definitely shut me down.

  • DJ Bento Box

    So when the ESPN pundits say something that works in a Boston fans favor they’re a credible source but when it doesn’t work in your favor they’re idiots?
    HA HA HA!!
    Boston fans are a funny lot!

  • Mike

    You’re an idiot bro.
    17 titles. 18 after this year.
    Every NBA record in the book.
    Nothing for you. We got Larry Bird. You got nothin.
    You want Anthony Parker and Jamario Moon, and JJ Hickson and Mo Williams and Shotgun West on your playoff roster go ahead.
    Get a life, go suck off espn, bunch of faggots.

  • Mike

    Lakers are garbage buddy.
    They got 6 players, Fish, Bryant, Artest, Bynum, Odom, and Pau.
    Everybody else is scrub status. Total garbage.
    You know what Boston is against Lakers in their last 5 games? +32
    There is no argument with you. You’re just a fag like espn and the rest of you media jokes.

  • Mike

    No the ones from 100 years ago when George Mikan was your hero.

  • Mike

    Boston is the Champs you stupid flake.
    17 titles, 18 after this year.
    We even got 50 cent now on our roster.
    Eat it.
    Go root for Farmer, Vujacic and other various scrubs.

  • DRJ

    RedsArmy is where I started, and I guess I will always feel a sense of loyalty to this place… because yeah, you’re right, this is a great site. Where freedom rings, along with truth… justice… and the Celtics way !
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plBmwPYIG9g

  • Shawn-cvd

    Enjoy all the sights and sounds that the off season brings…

  • Shawn-cvd

    Donald….Your FIRED!!

  • Shawn-cvd

    They’re quoting Anchorman the Legend of Ron Burgendy.

  • DRJ

    Clearly, logic and evidence are alien to your planet. My bad for thinking otherwise. Ladida, ladida.

  • Shawn-cvd

    Those were a long 22 years that will NOT be repeated. That dark period was a result of the tragic losses of Len Bias and Reggie Lewis, missing out on Duncan (and drafting Mercer and Billips who we then traded away), the Patino debacle, the Vinnie Baker circus and then a lift once the team was sold.
    That was a bad stretch of poor choices and worse luck. The current owners are competitive and willing spenders so we will continue to field contending teams.
    The Lakers may not even make it out of the west this season. Dallas and Nuggets have as good a chance as the Lakers to reach the finals.
    This post season is going to be something else…

  • Mike

    Awesome DRJ1, you are the best.
    You know the game, you know basketball, you know our players.
    You know the refs(cheating)(See Cavs game oops I meant Nets game, oops I meant 1st Lakers game, oops I meant both Hawks games, oops I meant the Mavs game, oops I meant 2 of the Orlando games, oops I meant the Warriors and Clippers game, well you know what I meant).
    and you know the blogs.
    Celticsblog though is fixed, because you have these nutcases on there 24/7 and they don’t let you get in a word about the Celtics.
    The Boston Celtics are the most successful franchise in sports history. They have the 2nd most titles after the Yankees, most per year than any other team, and they hold many many many many records in the game.
    The last time they played a Finals game, they won by lets just say 39 points, even though it could have been 100. If there was a Game 7 they may have won 13,192-0.
    Yet we as Celtics fans have to read this garbage on Celticsblog, garbage from espn, garbage on tnt, garbage on nbatv, we hear people like Barry run their mouth about how KG is finished, announcers on the regular getting everything the Celtics do wrong(case in point, tonight when Hubie Brown tried to say the Pistons were on their way to their 5th & 6th points of the 2nd half, when they had only scored 2) and everybody else on sportscenter with stupid smirks on their face saying how much they hate the Celtics.
    Then you have nutcases like Mark Stein ranking them 15th in the league in the fixed power rankings.
    This is a Celtics 2009-10 team that is #1 in the NBA in defense. Yes #1. And these nutcases like Stein or a crazy loony like Hollinger can rank them as low as 15th in rankings.
    Its crazy, yet people like you DRJ1 are normal and know the game.
    Here is just one more thing for you.
    Larry Bird is the Greatest Basketball Player hands down and its not even close.
    When you take the top 12 stats all-time rankings in FG%, 3PT %, FT %, Rebounds/game, assists/game, steals/game, blocks/game, PPG, offensive rating, defensive rating, championship rings & MVPS Larry Bird is in the Top 100 of all-time in 11 of those categories, and he is ranked 130th in FG%.
    Nobody else is even close, Jordan is like Top 100 in 7 of those categories, Karl Malone 9, Kareem 9. That’s it. Nobody else is Top 100 in even 10 of those categories and Bird is Top 100 in 11, and 130th in FG% so he almost makes Top 100 all-time in ALL 12 categories.
    Nobody knows that. They think these clowns nowadays on puppet teams put up those numbers. They don’t.
    So here is to you DRJ1 and our championship season. People like you Garnett, Paul, Ray, Sheed, Fifty, Beast, Daniels, Shelden, Rondo, Big B, Veal, TA, Big Nate, Doc, Bird, McHale, Chief, Red, Gino & Big Bill Russell etc are the ones who deserve it.

  • Shawn-cvd

    As long as your not gonna follow the Celtics until the post season could you also promise not to post here? Dumping on Dr J’s feel-good vibe is not appreciated.
    It’s much easier to pick the field. Go do that. I remember the C’s playing inspired and dominating basketball at the start of THIS year. And that was without Baby, Nate and Finley. The C’s are worthy of our hope. We shall see…

  • Section328

    4 times in a playoff series is a lot different.

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    DJ Bento Box-You should find out WTF you’re talking about before posting.
    The last season the NBA had 8 teams was the 1960-1961 season. The last season they played a 72 game schedule was the 1958-1959 season.
    1986-87 Boston 59 23 .720 1st Atlantic Division 13 10 .565 Lost NBA Finals
    1985-86 Boston 67 15 .817 1st Atlantic Division 15 3 .833 Won NBA Finals
    1984-85 Boston 63 19 .768 1st Atlantic Division 13 8 .619 Lost NBA Finals
    1983-84 Boston 62 20 .756 1st Atlantic Division 15 8 .652 Won NBA Finals
    1982-83 Boston 56 26 .683 2nd Atlantic Division 2 5 .286 Lost East Conf Semis
    1981-82 Boston 63 19 .768 1st Atlantic Division 7 5 .583 Lost East Conf Finals
    1980-81 Boston 62 20 .756 1st Atlantic Division 12 5 .706 Won NBA Finals
    1979-80 Boston 61 21 .744 1st Atlantic Division 5 4 .556 Lost East Conf Finals
    1978-79 Boston 29 53 .354 5th Atlantic Division – – – DNQ
    1977-78 Boston 32 50 .390 3rd Atlantic Division – – – DNQ
    1976-77 Boston 44 38 .537 2nd Atlantic Division 5 4 .556 Lost East Conf Semis
    1975-76 Boston 54 28 .659 1st Atlantic Division 12 6 .667 Won NBA Finals
    1974-75 Boston 60 22 .732 1st Atlantic Division 6 5 .545 Lost East Conf Finals
    1973-74 Boston 56 26 .683 1st Atlantic Division 12 6 .667 Won NBA Finals
    1972-73 Boston 68 14 .829 1st Atlantic Division 7 6 .538 Lost East Conf Finals
    1971-72 Boston 56 26 .683 1st Atlantic Division 5 6 .455 Lost East Conf Finals
    1970-71 Boston 44 38 .537 3rd Atlantic Division – – – DNQ
    1969-70 Boston 34 48 .415 6th Eastern Division – – – DNQ
    1968-69 Boston 48 34 .585 4th Eastern Division 12 6 .667 Won NBA Finals
    1967-68 Boston 54 28 .659 2nd Eastern Division 12 7 .632 Won NBA Finals
    1966-67 Boston 60 21 .741 2nd Eastern Division 4 5 .444 Lost East Div Finals
    1965-66 Boston 54 26 .675 2nd Eastern Division 11 6 .647 Won NBA Finals
    1964-65 Boston 62 18 .775 1st Eastern Division 8 4 .667 Won NBA Finals
    1963-64 Boston 59 21 .738 1st Eastern Division 8 2 .800 Won NBA Finals
    1962-63 Boston 58 22 .725 1st Eastern Division 8 5 .615 Won NBA Finals
    1961-62 Boston 60 20 .750 1st Eastern Division 8 6 .571 Won NBA Finals
    1960-61 Boston 57 22 .722 1st Eastern Division 8 2 .800 Won NBA Finals
    1959-60 Boston 59 16 .787 1st Eastern Division 8 5 .615 Won NBA Finals
    1958-59 Boston 52 20 .722 1st Eastern Division 8 3 .727 Won NBA Finals
    1957-58 Boston 49 23 .681 1st Eastern Division 6 5 .545 Lost NBA Finals