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#1 TheoShmeo


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 09:13 AM

Who would have believed before the season started that Avery Bradley's absence would have such a profound impact on the Eastern Conference Finals? Sure Ray Allen being so compromised is huge, but the Cs pasted the Heat in March without Ray on the court and with Bradley playing a huge role on both sides of the ball. More to the point, Bradley when healthy changed the Cs' overall look, as he provided great on the ball defense and athleticism and youth to go along with Rondo that no one else on that team can give them.

Putting Bradley aside, as we must, this is pretty close to a must win game for the Celtics. They can still win down 0-2, but it will be obviously very difficult to win 4 out of 5 games against that team.

And, face it, the Celts got man handled on Monday night. Sure, the refs sucked major ass, but even the CHB correctly observed that the bigger problem was the Celtics and Heat players. Hopefully, that game was a predictable hangover from a "harder than it should have been" seven game series with Philly, and tonight we'll see the frenzied D and strong shooting that have characterized most, if not all, of the Celtics' post-season wins.

Go Celts.

#2 BigSoxFan


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 09:28 AM

I fear our Game 2 will look a lot like OKC's game 2. We just don't have the horses to beat this Miami team. Prove me wrong, Celtics, prove me wrong.

#3 bloodysox

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 09:32 AM

Celtics, please beat these fuckers. I can't handle seeing them win again.

#4 mikeford


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 10:05 AM

If you're gonna lose, break Dwyane Wade's arms in the process. Please.

#5 SCP-682

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 10:29 AM

What I hope will happen: 91-86 Celtics. What I expect to happen: 97-82 Heat.

#6 RGREELEY33

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:01 PM

Celts will need a vintage Pierce performance to go along with the stellar play of Renaissance KG and will need Rondo to play angry.

Beat the Heat. Fuck Lebron. Rape DWade.

#7 ilol@u

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 01:46 PM

All I ask is for the refs to be consistent.

#8 wutang112878


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 02:08 PM

Has anyone seen the ref assignments yet?

#9 mikeford


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 02:23 PM

Has anyone seen the ref assignments yet?

James Capers, Tom Washington, and this gent:

#10 wutang112878


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 02:29 PM

Oh my, Kenny 'Merry Christmas' Mauer. Not good, but I dont think Washington and Capers are all that bad.

#11 JohnnyTheBone

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 02:50 PM

Handle the Heat

#12 Nomar813


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 02:52 PM

Mauer used to be one of my "uh oh" referees, but he seems to have improved in recent years. In fact, he was part of the Game 5 crew against the Sixers which was very Celtic friendly. We're not getting the likes of Ed Malloy, Marc Davis, or Joe Crawford, so it could be epically worse.

#13 Marbleheader


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:14 PM

They'll maybe win a game this series. I'm not expecting it to be tonight. Wish Danny could have done more with the bench post-2008.

#14 bloodysox

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:36 PM

Mauer used to be one of my "uh oh" referees, but he seems to have improved in recent years. In fact, he was part of the Game 5 crew against the Sixers which was very Celtic friendly. We're not getting the likes of Ed Malloy, Marc Davis, or Joe Crawford, so it could be epically worse.

If Crawford isn't reffing the game, everything will be all right. Hopefully we can dodge him for the whole series.

#15 JohnnyTheBone

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:42 PM

They'll maybe win a game this series. I'm not expecting it to be tonight. Wish Danny could have done more with the bench post-2008.

Well, he's tried. Jeff Green's heart condition really thinned them out at wing, and the unforeseen Chris Wilcox heart condition really hurt their ability to rotate bigs. Ainge plucked a useful piece with Stiemsma, and the Bass-for-Baby swap was shrewd. They'd be screwed without him. Now with Bradley down, a hobbling Ray Allen is forced into the starting rotation which further erodes their depth.

Injuries will happen, but the two freak heart conditions came out of nowhere and unfortunately leave us watching the likes of Ryan Hollins getting playoff minutes. Pity.

Edited by JohnnyTheBone, 30 May 2012 - 03:43 PM.


#16 AimingForYoko


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:52 PM

Wilcox and Jeff Green's heart conditions really was Red Sox-like in it's happening. I mean Bradley is one thing, but that was just spooky.

And Ray needs to sit tonight. Maybe not the whole night, but he cannot get his regular minutes today.

Edited by AimingForYoko, 30 May 2012 - 03:53 PM.


#17 BigSoxFan


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 04:01 PM

Well, he's tried. Jeff Green's heart condition really thinned them out at wing, and the unforeseen Chris Wilcox heart condition really hurt their ability to rotate bigs. Ainge plucked a useful piece with Stiemsma, and the Bass-for-Baby swap was shrewd. They'd be screwed without him. Now with Bradley down, a hobbling Ray Allen is forced into the starting rotation which further erodes their depth.

Injuries will happen, but the two freak heart conditions came out of nowhere and unfortunately leave us watching the likes of Ryan Hollins getting playoff minutes. Pity.


Yeah, we've had really bad luck there. Add Bradley, Green, Wilcox to this group and you have a legit title contender. Even without them, we're in the Final 4 with an outside chance of making the NBA Finals. I still think the Wilcox injury isn't getting enough attention. He was playing some good basketball in February.

#18 JCizzle

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 04:49 PM

If you're gonna lose, break Dwyane Wade's arms in the process. Please.


This. Why he's still using both arms confuses and angers me.

#19 Nomar813


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 05:11 PM

Yeah, we've had really bad luck there. Add Bradley, Green, Wilcox to this group and you have a legit title contender. Even without them, we're in the Final 4 with an outside chance of making the NBA Finals. I still think the Wilcox injury isn't getting enough attention. He was playing some good basketball in February.

Add in Pierce and Stiemsma's injuries even though they're still playing. The injury situation is ridiculous in both quantity and timing. Between the Celtics, the Red Sox' outfield, and the Patriots' secondary, Mass General is going to need an extra wing.

Also, behead Wade.

#20 collings94

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 05:29 PM

Humiliate the Heat.

And as bad as Ray has been, I give him props for being a total gamer playing through pain and giving 110%. Every aspiring basketball player should study Ray Allen.

#21 bball831

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:19 PM

As much a must win as any game that actually isn't a must win.

Replicate the 2nd quarter from game 1 4 times.

#22 AimingForYoko


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:26 PM

I've already started.drinking. I am ready.

#23 lars10

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:37 PM

Breen and the rest of the broadcast team wondering how the Heat are going to play in Game 3..since Game 2 is already over.

#24 LukefromNH

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 06:39 PM

Well, he's tried. Jeff Green's heart condition really thinned them out at wing, and the unforeseen Chris Wilcox heart condition really hurt their ability to rotate bigs. Ainge plucked a useful piece with Stiemsma, and the Bass-for-Baby swap was shrewd. They'd be screwed without him. Now with Bradley down, a hobbling Ray Allen is forced into the starting rotation which further erodes their depth.

Injuries will happen, but the two freak heart conditions came out of nowhere and unfortunately leave us watching the likes of Ryan Hollins getting playoff minutes. Pity.


I think someone here has said this before, but it's probably going to turn out with all of us talking about "what might have been" which is really fucking annoying, because I love this group of warriors.

#25 JakeRae


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:37 PM

Mauer used to be one of my "uh oh" referees, but he seems to have improved in recent years. In fact, he was part of the Game 5 crew against the Sixers which was very Celtic friendly. We're not getting the likes of Ed Malloy, Marc Davis, or Joe Crawford, so it could be epically worse.

Getting a guy who was involved in a pretty brutal case of home-team bias by the refs in this game is not a plus.

#26 Beomoose


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:37 PM

We need NHL-level physicality. I want D-Bag Wade on TV tomorrow crying about all his boo-boos.

#27 Soxaholic

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:37 PM

Kill these pricks.

#28 The Belly Itcher

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:39 PM

Poured a very healthy glass of bourbon, added some ice....generally ready for night full of spiking blood pressure.

#29 Marbleheader


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:41 PM

We need NHL-level physicality. I want D-Bag Wade on TV tomorrow crying about all his boo-boos.

We've seen what a Wade led team is...mediocre, the key is LeBron. Punish him.

#30 The Belly Itcher

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:41 PM

that's right fuckers

#31 AimingForYoko


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:42 PM

Okay. Let's do this. Fuck them up.

#32 Mystic Merlin


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:42 PM

Good start on the boards!

#33 Ed Hillel


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:42 PM

No charge there, eh?

#34 The Belly Itcher

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:42 PM

much better seeing garnett in the paint, and Bass guarding Battier

#35 Mystic Merlin


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:42 PM

Turiaf is raping KG.

Season over.

#36 Nomar813


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:43 PM

Getting a guy who was involved in a pretty brutal case of home-team bias by the refs in this game is not a plus.

You're right about that. I'd say that correlation does not equal causation and note that WEEI mentioned that Mauer was ranked as one of the least home-friendly officials in the league this year, but this is the NBA: Where hoping it's only incompetence happens.

#37 gammoseditor


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:43 PM

Not Garnets best start

#38 Section15Box113

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:43 PM

Anyone going to challenge that? Maybe?

And you wonder why we're playing soft?

#39 Ed Hillel


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:43 PM

When you're a superstar like Ronnie Turiaf, you get these calls.

#40 Rogelio Clemens

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:43 PM

The white-shirted Heat fans look like cult members

#41 Section15Box113

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:43 PM

Rondo. Smooth.

#42 The Belly Itcher

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:44 PM

nice bass. NICE

#43 Ed Hillel


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:44 PM

Handcheck.

#44 RSN Diaspora


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:44 PM

You cannot stop Brandon Bass, you can only hope to contain him

#45 JakeRae


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:44 PM

Aggressive Rondo leads to good results.

#46 Soxaholic

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:45 PM

C's look tough and physical early.

#47 Nomar813


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:45 PM

Bass to mouth.

#48 Section15Box113

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:45 PM

Bad shot.

#49 JohnnyTheBone

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:45 PM

Looks like Miami is still free to mug Bass and KG under the hoop without fear of getting a whistle.

#50 The Belly Itcher

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 07:45 PM

Doris Burke looks trashy.