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Your Morning Dump…. Where the Celtics didn’t give a damn

Chuck - Red's Army April 15, 2010 Uncategorized 7 Comments

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

But as Mario
Chalmers
dribbled down the clock, preparing to take a potential
winning shot, Celtics captain Paul
Pierce
emerged from the trainer's room, decked out in sunglasses,
and walked straight out of the building.

Pierce didn't seem to
care that Chalmers' 3-point attempt was off the mark, forcing a second
overtime, where the Heat (finally) prevailed 94-86 to set up an
opening-round series with the Celtics.

Inside the Celtics' locker
room, the Nets-Heat game also was met with indifference. Kendrick
Perkins
, reclining in a chair in the middle of the room, stood up
at the end of the first extra session and decided it wasn't worth
sticking around.

Several teammates followed suit.

Ray
Allen emerged and didn't even glance at the television that
reporters were circled around, still awaiting a final score.

ESPN Boston – It's all about us

Should the Celtics have cared about their opponent? Does this attitude say anything – positive or negative – about this team?

I was listening intently to the audio of the Heat/Nets game (via the League Pass app on my T-Mobile MyTouch 3G phone) while hunched over my laptop waiting to deliver the information to the Red's Army faithful.

Here's the schedule:

Game 1 at Boston – Saturday, April 17, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 2 at Boston – Tuesday, April 20, 8 p.m. (TNT)

Game 3 at Miami – Friday, April 23, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Game 4 at Miami – Sunday, April 25, 1 p.m. (ABC)

Game 5* at Boston – Tuesday, April 27, TBD (TBD)

Game 6* at Miami – Thursday, April 29, TBD (TBD)

Game 7* at Boston – Saturday, May 1, TBD (TNT)

Notice the time between games. The Celtics get two days off between Games 1, 2 and 3. There is just one day off between games the rest of the series.

On Page 2, Shank believes in the Celtics.

I’m picking the old green guys to at least make it to the Eastern
Conference finals. That means they’ll beat Miami in the first round,
then beat Cleveland in the second round.

That’s right. They’ll beat Cleveland. The Cavs
have the best record in basketball and they have LeBron James, but the
Celtics match up well with Cleveland and the Cavaliers know it.

Globe – Show time for Celtics

Do the Celtics really match-up well with Cleveland? Their bigs cannot keep up with Anderson Varejao or J.J. Hickson and that very well could be the difference in a series.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Oliver's opportunity | Globe – Cs lose, brace for Heat | 4th seed not according to plan | Rivers will wait to make this call | Herald – Heat's on Celtics now | Players hoping coach remains in green | CSNNE – Here comes Heat | Ainge: We took games off this year | Daniels and Robinson last shot at redemption | Rivers hasn't decided about returning | WEEI – Celts face questions | Disappointing season equals low grades |

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/agettings Aaron Gettings

    No, the Celtics do not match up well against Cleveland, and at no point this season have they proven that they do.
    I don’t know that its possible to argue otherwise.
    Is it?

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

    2-2 against them, thats not bad. And other than the small forward spot, you could arguably say that the Celtics have advantages at every position on the floor.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/agettings Aaron Gettings

    Call me cynical, but I count that second W as a loss. Not only did Cleveland not have Varejao, but we just bent over in the 4th and let them have their way with us.
    It may have been a W in the standings, but it was 100% a mental and psychological victory for the Cavs.
    I can’t believe how down I am on this Celtics squad.

  • http://www.palacegarden.info PalaceGarden

    Sadly, I have to side with Doc here. Match ups don’t matter for this team. Home court doesn’t matter for this team. Only this team matters.
    I think the Celtics attitude and health dictates how far they will go. With their heads in the game (for 48 minutes) and strong legs underneath them, they can beat anyone in the league. It’s just that they haven’t shown that yet.

  • thetitleisours

    I rather play Strat-O-Matic with this year’s team lol
    I think the Big Three (maybe) should stay, but Baby, Daniels, Robinson and Sheed need to go for for better hardworking teammates. Character counts

  • Shawn-cvd

    Baby works his ass off but he is a headcase.

  • Joseph

    Playoffs don’t matter for the Suckdics. They are going to lose to Cleveland.
    I take that back, they are going to be swept by Cleveland.