"He's not the player athletically that he was in '04 or even in '05 or
'06,'' Billups said. "Mentally, he's always been a smart player and I
don't think he's lost that. But this is kind of how he was last year in
Detroit [when he basically packed it in]. I don't know what you all were
We talked about this last night on The 2 Man Game, but I know a lot of you didn't listen so we'll get into it a little bit more here.
I fully expect Rasheed Wallace to change his game even more for the playoffs. I think he'll just give that little bit more than will make a noticeable difference. The comparison we've been making is to JD Drew in 2007… who basically sucked all year but then hit a huge grand slam in the playoffs and everything was forgiven.
You can listen to the discussion here:
So how do I know you didn't listen to the show? Because we decided to randomly give tickets away to the April 2 Rockets game… and only 1 person called in to win.
You never know when or how we're going to give tickets away. We had a lot of 'em last night… so that was definitely a missed opportunity.
Coming up, Page 2… where even Wyc thinks the Celtics were coasting
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Celtics fans have been up and down with this team. Some days
they feel great, other days they feel down. What about you?
It has been up and down, you can’t hide from that. You have to be
honest with people, be honest with yourself. We’ve always felt though,
inside the team, that this team has a chance, and that was probably a
lull in the middle of the season, not from being lazy, but from being
tired or conserving energy. It’s like running a marathon, which I’ve
done, slowly, but I do them. And you’re going through Wellesley, you
haven’t even hit the hills yet, and you’re saying, boy, this is a long
haul, and I think that’s a little bit of what happened this year. I’m
not trying to make an excuse, that’s just my honest opinion, and I’m
really happy to see them playing better, and with more energy and better
defense right now. I don’t think they’ve been lying around, laughing,
saying ha-ha, let’s take a game off; I think they’ve been doing their
best to get ready for April, and here we are — we’re almost there.
What can we say at this point.
It is what it is. Or more to the point… it was what it was.
As far as Chuck and I are concerned, and this is another thing we said last night, what's past is past. We're clearly not the same team we were a month ago. It's a learning lesson for the team and fans. From now on, it's about the present.
The rest of the links:
Herald: Rough Celtics begin to smooth out | Scouting report: Kings at Celtics | Globe: Hot shots come in all styles | ESPN Boston: Mail Call: Optimism abounds | CSNNE: Celtics' small lineup comes up big | MWDN: Celtics headed in the right direction | SacBee: Evans out 2 more games | Celtics Blog: Bosh is KG 2.0 | Lex: Do you believe? | Loy's Place: Depth of Irony | CSL: The reconciliation of Tony Allen | Gang Green 3-22