A simple gimmick for a cheap post for bloggers and sportswriters is to take a game or series and separate the participants into "winners" and "losers." This obtuse view often pigeon holes performances into either good or bad, and almost never tells the whole story about a game, a player, or a performance. This is the type of "journalism" that appeals to a generation of people with an attention span shorter than Ted Williams announcing career. Any fan or reader who lends credence to these superficial characterizations doesn't have enough intelligence to recognize real journalism...and probably reads this blog on a regular basis! Who am I to pretend to be above a cheapy post rife with overreactions and hyperbole? Seriously, who?
While I ponder that, let's review the list of winners and losers from Celtics-Heat III, Green Room Style.
Immortal and Legendary Heroes:
Those whose performances will live on in basketball lore for centuries, nay! Millennia...
Wafer made the most of his 14 minutes on Sunday, outscoring the entire Heat bench by himself, with ten points, two 3-pointers, and eleven R&B inspired facial expressions. Seriously, after any play he is involved in, good or bad, he acts like he is auditioning for a Jodeci reunion tour. It's clear that he is fueled by those emotions and can't hold it in. Because what he really feels, his eyes won't let him hide. 'Cause they al-ways, start to, cry.
|Lately Von has had the strangest feelings...|
Rondo recorded a triple-double in the Celtics third consecutive victory over the Heat this season, but beyond the gaudy stat line, is how critical Rajon has become in this rivalry. After an ineffective game against the Lakers, Rondo continued to haunt Lebron James teams by dominating on both ends of the floor. Rondo was in the heads and on the minds of the Heat for the entire game. The Heat pushed Rondo away when he tried to sneak into their huddle, but maybe they should have invited him in and picked his brain for a way to stop him.
Gravity was definitely a big winner on Sunday afternoon. In a season in which Blake Griffin did his best to render its laws obsolete, Gravity made a major comeback on Sunday during the national television broadcast. With just over ten minutes left in the second quarter Glen Davis, showing on a pick and roll, stripped Dwyane Wade and streaked to the basket all alone (after Chris Bosh pretended like he couldn't catch up.) Davis took off from about 3-feet out for a two-handed dunk, but Gravity had other ideas. It is one thing to be shown up by athletic freaks like Blake Griffin and Lebron James, but it is quite another to let a player like Davis, a Buick in basketball shorts, fly through the air so fancy free. Davis missed the dunk, and Gravity was back in business. Big ups to Isaac Newton, ya'll.
Hopeless and Pathetic Losers:
Those forever condemned to the annals of Hoops crapdom...
The Celtics captain saved one of his worst shooting performances of all time for Sunday afternoon, and while it is clear he is nowhere near 100%, Pierce couldn't avoid landing the top spot on our list of hopeless and pathetic losers from Sunday. Pierce dropped a fat goose egg from the field and mustered only one point, albeit in a Celtics victory. Pierce didn't mind being held to single digit on the scoreboard, after all, there is no I in team. There is one in MRI, though, and the one Pierce took Monday came back negative. Which should give him an opportunity on Wednesday night against the Nets to get off of this list.
The Heat reserve, whose tattoos may be the only things harder to decipher than the pattern of his facial hair patches, came up epically small down the stretch, missing four of his five three point attempts on the night, including the potential game-tying shot with only seconds remaining. After the game Miller, who ironically passed on a chance to join the Celtics, boldly told his former coach Doc Rivers, “Don’t leave me open like that again next time.’’ What Miller doesn't get is that the Celtics left him open multiple times and Miller couldn't make them pay. There is something to be said, though, for Miller standing up to Rivers and the Celtics after the fact. "You sound like a hopeless and pathetic loser." That is the something that is to be said.
The season started for the Heat with a championship-caliber celebration to honor a team that literally hadn't won anything. Not one game. Not one scrimmage. Ironically, the stands were probably more packed for that hype-fest, than for any of the actual games the Heat have played since. That day James, Wade, and Bosh talked about winning four, five, six titles. After Sunday's game, Bosh and Wade talked about how the Celtics were "big brothers" and the Heat weren't yet at that level. Back in the summer, when the Heat were talking up their team as championship contenders, most NBA fans rolled their eyes, but the "New Big 3" seemed to believe it. Now their hubris has been replaced with hollow excuses for failing against the league's best. Now, somehow, they sound even less convincing.