John and I are stewing over the lack of respect (locally and nationally) given to the Celtics.
ESPN stat-geek John Hollinger offered up this analysis when asked what he thought of the Celtics going forward in the playoffs:
John Hollinger, ESPN.com: I give them a pretty mixed review. Winning in four is impressive, regardless of the opposition, but those first two home games against New York's full roster were hardly encouraging … and that was against an average team, not against a contender like Miami. I still think the Heat will breeze past them fairly easily in the next round.
John has a great theory behind Hollinger's criticism. I'm pulling this from our most recent Google chat:
The C's turn it over a lot, don't rebound, and shoot a ton of long 2's… it defies his statistical logic so he brushes them of. Like he's running around his office screaming "does not compute… DOES… NOT… COMPUTE…" before his head explodes.
Aside from Game 2, I want to know which one of Miami's wins were "impressive." Game 1 was a two point game with 2 minutes remaining. Game 3, the 76ers led going into the final quarter and were within 4 with a couple minutes left. Despite shooting 40% in the series, the Sixers have been close in 2 of the 3 losses. Yet somehow this translates into Miami "breezing past the Celtics fairly easily."
What am I missing?