Posted by Ian Rider February 10, 2011 04:49 PM
Just a few random thoughts before Thursday nights showdown between the Lakers and Celtics at TD Garden.
- I'm sure you've read it from another blogger, writer, or radio personality. If Carmelo Anthony is traded to the Lakers for Andrew Bynum, it is a great trade for the Celtics in 2011. Does it prolong the Lakers as contenders after Kobe leaves? Maybe. But it makes the Lakers smaller and softer than they already are. It would also make it a must to move Ron Artest, who is the only member of the Lakers other than Kobe who could dream of guarding Paul Pierce. Kobe generally covers whoever is dominating at that time between Pierce, Rondo, and Allen, so that would leave two of the Celtics stars without strong defenders. This on top of losing the only advantage they have over Boston, their height.
- Also, there is no way that trade is ever going to happen anyway.
- Beyond that drama, there is still a game going on tonight. Boston will be severely short handed, especially on the front line, with Semih Erden, Shaq O'Neal, and Jermaine O'Neal all likely to miss the game. I don't see how Boston is going to win this one, against a team that can roll out three 7-footers in one front court. And since everything points to a Boston loss, I'm sure the Celtics will win by ten points.
- Jerry Sloan resigned today. Phil Jackson is out after this year. COINCIDENCE?!!!? Yes, don't be ridiculous.
- A lot of analysts today were saying that a win in this game is more important to the Lakers than the Celtics. I disagree. The Celtics are in first place by a half game in the Eastern Conference, and have squawked up and down about the fact they are taking this regular season seriously, and that they were trying to get home court throughout the playoffs. On the other side, the Lakers aren't anywhere near the top of the West, and it is near impossible that they will catch the Spurs. A loss would get them another game closer to a major move, which might just be what that team needs. (Any move other than the above noted, of course)
The Celtics predictably lost Monday night after a marquee game on Sunday against the Magic. I question the Celtics apparent theory of showing up against the good teams and putting it on cruise against the bad teams in the NBA. If they show up every night against the bad teams, they will win 90% of the time. If they show up every night against the great teams, they'll win probably 60-65% of the time. Your final record is all that determines home field advantage at the end of the season. There is no BCS, and each win and loss are not weighted based on strength of the opponent. As a fan, I hope they show up every night, but it is frustrating when they win a big game and go out and blow one to .500 ball club the next day. And yes, I'm nitpicking.
- I still can't believe Jerry Sloan resigned. I can't wait to hear Phil Jackson throw him under the bus on the way out after tonight's game.
- If I had to choose between a win vs. the Lakers tonight and a win vs. the Heat on Sunday I would take the win against the Heat on Sunday. That may come as a shock, since Boston is already up 2-0 on the season series with another game coming in April, and a loss to the Lakers would even the series, but winning home court advantage in the East, and crushing your closest competition in the conference, means that much more to me at this point in the season. Sacrilege? Maybe, but that's just how I'm feeling today.
- I hope after breaking the 3-point record Ray Allen does the Richard Nixon fingers like Paul Pierce after going over 20,000 points.
- I hope Ray Allen turns to Reggie Miller and does the choke signal after breaking his record. I know it makes no sense at all, but like, how do you like it, you know?
- I hope Ray Allen, in honor of Reggie Miller, flails his leg out and kicks his defender on the record-breaking kick.
- What's my prediction, you ask? I see the Lakers winning this one by eight or nine points due to the fact that Kendrick Perkins can't play for 48 minutes.
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