12/7 - The team with the Great Eyelashes

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This fucking team man. Is it just me, or does it seem like they build up to a big lead so quietly and quickly it almost defies the laws of space/time?

It's like they are down 3 and kind of trading baskets, and then they're up 1, then 4, then 9, then 19 in the span of about two and a half real time minutes? By the time opponents call a timeout, it's not to stop the bleeding, its to basically start applying a tourniquet to a severed limb.
I get this feeling during close games too. Like, when things are tough and it’s a bit of a rock fight or something, I implicitly assume they’ve fallen behind as I’m not seeing the beautiful fluid offense… and then I check the score and they’re up by two when I thought they were getting beat. Oh.
 

joe dokes

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It's almost as though the Suns were surprised by how good this Celtics team is, as contrasted with, say Miami and Toronto, who were both played styles that at least *could* win the games.
 

DJnVa

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Celtics defense has now slipped into the top 10. And Time Lord is on the way...
 

wade boggs chicken dinner

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Was Blake Griffin known for taking charges during his glory days on the Clippers?
This article (registration may be required) - https://theathletic.com/3237103/2022/04/08/nets-forward-blake-griffin-famous-for-his-dunks-has-quietly-mastered-the-art-of-the-charge/ - says that he's always taken charges because his father was a defense-oriented coach.

He took 12 charges in 2017-18 (NBA first began keeping track of hustle stats the year before) and then 30 the next year so it's been going on for a while.
 

chilidawg

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This article (registration may be required) - https://theathletic.com/3237103/2022/04/08/nets-forward-blake-griffin-famous-for-his-dunks-has-quietly-mastered-the-art-of-the-charge/ - says that he's always taken charges because his father was a defense-oriented coach.

He took 12 charges in 2017-18 (NBA first began keeping track of hustle stats the year before) and then 30 the next year so it's been going on for a while.
It's good that he does get them, because he's otherwise a terrible rim protector. His rebounding, hustle, and general BB acumen have all been excellent though, and he's actually caught the 22-23 Celtics shooting mojo too.