We will only spend as much effort on this game as the Hawks did...
1. This game functions as exhibit 34 for why it's not worth getting excited about this team's prospects beyond the first round. The effort in the second half was not only piss poor, but it was the tale of two halves where the first half was a team effort and the second half was playground one-on-one quality for the Hawks offense.
2. Forget the score - this game really wasn't in contention and that happens...what should be embarrassing and troubling psychologically is that Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo barely even played in the 2nd half. Oh, and there was another guy who didn't play too - some top 50 in NBA history guy that will remain nameless.
3. The Celtics interior defense, in pure layman terms, punked our a##es. It's hard to recall a time when the Hawks have been turned away at the rim so many times, but regardless of that fact - it seems curious that we did not concentrate on trying to foul out Kendrick 'there's not a pump fake I can't stay on my feet for' Perkins and Big Baby Davis with our low post offense. Oh..wait for it - what low post offense (I KILL ME!)
4. Despite the 4 pt deficit at half, here's what was actually the reason game over was recorded in our notebook. The halftime report from James Verrett was that our assistant coaches said that to win the game we'd need to heat up from outside. So, there is foul trouble on the interior. You're only down 4 and your plan coming out of half is to get HOT from outside...can it be noted ONCE again - that whenever analysis is made for what the players aren't doing to win games that we note that our coaching staff is TRULY not helping this organization become the best it can be. It's going to be hard for this blog to place any blame on ANY player (not Josh, not Bibby, not Joe, not Marvin, not Acie) until we decide that we will make tactical decisions to put us in the best positions to win. Only three times this year has a tactical decision during the game been apparent to the naked eye. And that would be ok if it wasn't the 75th game...
So much for 'rivalries'...that talk should have been extinguished as of TODAY. No more rivalry talk from us about the Celtics until maybe 2010-2011. We won't be playing them again until next season and nothing that we've done this season reflects a need to gin up a rivalry for the sake of our desire to feel like we pose a threat to elite teams in this league.
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