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Discussion in '2016 Celtics Game Threads' started by DrewDawg, May 19, 2017.
I am with the Never Nude. Let's see the C's steal a game in "The Land"
This is a good post & it makes me feel good.
ive never seen a team turtle like they did. They've embarrassed the uniform.
It was two, and the first one was in homage to you.
I'm grouchy from the game.
Who's willing to step up?
Me too, Bubba. It's all good. I'm trying to direct my ire at the Cavs, who clearly wanted to rub the C's noses in it tonight. In the old days, somebody would have been knocked on their ass in this situation, but you can't do that in the modern NBA. Also, Brad Stevens is a mild-mannered guy, and doesn't engender that type of macho attitude. Brad's great, but I would have liked to see somebody in a Cleveland uniform take one in the chops tonight.
Kind of sick of Scal harping on the fact that they played hard. I know it's your job to put a positive spin on the Celtics, but cut the fucking shit.
As you note, that isn't today's NBA and those days aren't coming back. And the Cavs scored at will because Boston let them. Next game, I would like to see them at least limit Love from scoring.
Watch TNT if you wanna see the good guys get kilt
watching highlights now. Sad.
Yes, I feel bad for you.
How the fuck did they play hard, Scal? They got their nuts snatched from them early in the 2nd quarter. I wouldn't be so pissed off if I didn't think they could be so much better.
I think Scal is a great commentator but the CSN company line was kind of embarrassing. Gorman was the only one who actually spoke any semblance of the truth.
I hear they played a tough Game 7 game 4 days ago and have literally nothing more to give. Or something.
Chris Mannix @ChrisMannixYS 4m4 minutes ago
Isaiah Thomas underwent tests at hospital for a sore right hip after Game 6 of conference semifinals, Danny Ainge confirmed to @TheVertical
Chris Mannix @ChrisMannixYS 3m3 minutes ago
Internally, there were doubts Thomas could play in Game 7. He gutted it out, and again in Game 1. Injury, though, considered significant.
No worries. Just getting you back for whooping my ass in fantasy football this year.
Mark Murphy @Murf56 2m2 minutes ago
Thomas has been playing with hip injury, aggravated Game 6 vs Washington.
Mark Murphy @Murf56 49s49 seconds ago
Thomas will be reevaluated to determine availability for Game 3 Sunday.
Hmmm. I wonder what a difference a totally healthy IT would make. Probably not a huge one honestly but that's definitely a big deal.
It has always seemed that as IT goes, the Celtics go. If he's not cocky, this team isn't good.
So that kinda sucked
They 100% quit in this debacle. I was expecting a sweep but I was not expecting them to quit.
The Curse of Ed Hillel has killed this team
Hey here's an idea, stop fucking around with Gerald fucking Green! Get Jaylen in there early and fucking run. No more missed Js, just dunk that shit
I will agree that the C's broke down on defense tonight but I can't buy that it had to do with guts. They shot 26.2% in the first half and everything fell apart from there. Then you add in the news that Thomas, who in retrospect hasn't looked right for a few games now, is hurt and it starts to make sense.
The Celtics had to play more games - and a few of them were close enough - than any of the remaining four teams playing. I know being gassed doesn't sit well with some but maybe its as simple as that. They are inexperienced, they can struggle to score even when Thomas is healthy and going good and they have been grinding out games since well before the playoffs started.
In short, you may question the character of these guys but I have a hard time seeing guys who struggled to make a career in the NBA just deciding not to try in a game. As I said upthread, the combination of talent disparity and the fact that the C's haven't had much margin for error in most of their games explains their shitty showing more than them lacking fortitude.
2nd half was a one possession game
The contempt from Charles Barkley at halftime alone made me feel shame, and I wasn't even on the floor playing. I felt like I was 8 and my dad was seriously disappointed in me and considering giving me up for adoption. "get kilt" doesn't begin to describe it, and it was absolutely deserved. I love that studio team there. Shaq, Barkley, Kenny - they pull no punches.
So what made him change his mind? Did you hit a few jumpers?
That was a great Washington Generals level performance last night, I kept waiting for Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal to run out onto the floor.
Never mind embarrassing the uniform, they embarrassed the sport; missing shots is one thing, how many turnovers did they have on horrendous passes that went right to Cadaver players or bounced off of players. One of them hit a ref, I was waiting for one to bounce off the scoreboard.
Cleveland could have gone 0 for the third quarter and still won that game easily.
A Cleveland/Golden State final is on deck where both teams have a shot of entering it having gone 12-0 up to that point and we'll probably see both of them right back in the finals next year; NBA excitement, CATCH IT!!
This is the last I'll say for this but knowing that IT is injured makes all the sense right now. I mean how many wins do the Cs have if they don't have IT? Their obviously not a last-place team but I think they're fighting just to be in the playoffs. They simply don't have anyone who can create their own shot on offense. And if they're not hitting 3s at their usual rate, teams can bully them on the other end.
Just as well.
Its as if people haven't been watching this team the past few years and just started now. They are an extremely flawed sqaud and given Thomas' injury, these flaws and the pretty vast talent disparity between Cleveland and Boston, the result isn't shocking.
However the narrative is that they quit, lack guts, and embarrassed the franchise, the NBA and competition itself.
I'm starting to think that Playoff Cleveland might be a little bit better than End of Regular Season Cleveland.
Seriously, no shame in losing to Cleveland - I'd rather see the games a bit more competitive, but that's what happens when you go absolutely as far as you could hope for with this kind of group, and this sort of thing happens to darned good teams from time to time. I remember a pretty good Jazz team putting up 54 in the NBA Finals.
I took my 9 year old crazy Boston sports fan daughter to last night's game. We knew they were likely to get crushed but yeah, not by *that* much. That said, there were some interesting things going on:
First, the C's couldn't create a shot in the first half. Not enough shots, but *any* shots. It was amazing. When you factor in that IT was gimpy, it makes more sense -- but credit to the Cavs' defense. They were swarming everyone.
Second, the Cavs scored so fast it was hard to absorb. The C's were down 9-2, came back to make it 11-10 and just like that it was 21-10, technicals started flying and it was over. I have never seen a game get out of hand that quickly. Again, credit to the Cavs.
Third, LeBron was just a man among boys. There was a contested three he made with two guys in his face -- and there just wasn't anything they could've done about it. He did that for three quarters.
Fourth, Jaylen. The kid is going to be the future of this team -- he is so poised and relaxed out there. Even when he does stupid stuff like travel or commit a dumb foul, he picks himself up and gets back at it. His calm demeanor actually kind of reminds me of JBJ in how he handles Boston.
So yeah, I may have been wrong saying I thought this would be a competitive series. I think DeJesus makes some good points upthread:
This is absolutely right. They didn't quit. They were immediately outmatched and they knew it -- and IT was hurt, so like they did in the Bulls series when IT was a zombie those first few games they went away from just about everything they normally do bc the whole team revolves around him out of necessity.
I wrote much of what I said out of anger and frustration last night. I truly don't think they decided to quit. Look, they're outclassed but to see that first half pained me. This team has taken a step forward this season no matter what this series turns out as. I just hoped it would be more competitive.