I really hate the Celtics. They are fhaggits who loves acting and faking injuries on the court, but i must say I'll root for them. Beat the Cavs so we get Lebron James this summer. Sweep the Cavs if possible! Do you guys think Nate is thinking about Knick fans right now? Like he knows what's at stake for us in this series? And with that in mind, do you guys think he'll play extra hard (score 40+) in order to beat the Cavs?
Discuss further lol. Not really great topic, but we don't hav much to talk about neway hahaha.
How would getting swept by the Celtics strengthen a decision to stay? I think I agree w op, the quicker he gets knocked out the better chance he leaves... he isn't going to just brush it off and say 'this will make us stronger. we got it next year!', he'll be real ticked and probably question whether he could ever do it with this team if they got knocked out this year... as this is their year to win it...
As for Nate, he'll probably see mere seconds in this series... if there's a blow out one way or the other in a game Doc will probably throw him in there... doubt he'll get any serious playing time though...
I think it'll be a closer than expected series... I do think the Cavs will probably pull away, but it would not surprise me to see the Celtics push this real hard and squeeze a series win out.... if they do it'll be a hard fought one, probably w a bit of luck involved.... but it's possible.. if they can weather LeBron, Celtics have more lesser weapons..
I still can't get myself around the idea of James leaving after winning a championship... though it does make some sense from some angles... I can't help but think he'd be more likely to leave getting knocked out earlier (or later) than were he to win... though I really don't know.. He very well could be happy and feel able to move on if they win this year.... but something tells me if they win, he'll be much more inclined to sign a 3 yr extension.... perhaps win a few more in that span (now that they have the first one under their belts), then move on..
more compelling of late than the little chance i see in him saying 'i'm going to leave!' or 'i gotta think about it' when asked after winning whether he'd stay...is that he wouldn't sign a 3 yr deal w the team... it seems to make sense that he'd test out this aging team for 3 more years, show the fans of Cleveland (and fans everywhere) that he isn't straight bouncing after a championship.... and ofc he'll have the nets new place ready around then too...
Either way you gota think that is the most logical thing for him to do at this point.... though the NY option wouldn't be nearly as big, or possible, 3 yrs down the road.
This should be an interesting series. As much as I hate the Celtics, they really know how to fake injuries, cheat, and manipulate their way to the top.
I expect the Cavs to win, since they have home court advantage and added scoring from Antawn Jamison, but I could see the officials screwing the Cavs out of one of the games and helping the Celtics advance.
I am surprised at how badly the Bucks are manhandling the Hawks. Too bad Walsh didn't get Jennings, when he had the chance.
I still think the Hawks will win the series, since they have more talent and a game 7 in Atlanta, but they can't be considered contenders with this type of inconsistent play. The Bucks would have definitely won that series, if they had Bogut.
^ If the Bucks are going to win, I'd say they'd have to do it next game when they're on their home court.. I don't see them winning a game 7 in Atl either.. much like the Magic had to beat the Cavs in that game 6..
As Barkley was talking about after the game last night on TNT, the players don't seem to be jiving together all that much on the hawks... they showed a clip of the Hawk huddle during a TO during the last min or so of the game, a crucial time, and they were all basically pointing fingers at eachother, looking up at the sky, and not listening to the coach.... they just don't seem like a very cohesive team... which may bode well for JJ leaving..
and big ups to Crawford for missing all those shots down the stretch.. he had the ball in his hands during the crucial plays at the end, and missed / airballed the shots
Idk what to say about what team to cheer for.
I hate Boston but James said that he wants to win in Cleaveland b4 leaving so whether that is true or not I have no clue.
Is it better if James loses in the playoffs? I think so because it's another wasted year in Cleaveland...if he wins I think he will stay for good.
Guys, I think he's 10 years old. Look at the 99.
Nate Robinson hasn't done anything for the Celtics so far. His uselessness is quite laughable. He'll have a tough time getting a job unless he sacrificies a lot of money lol.
Bogut would be another strong piece on the rotatition but its 37 year old playoff experience Kurt Thomas leadership challenging his teammates to step-up their performance.
Truth be said....the Boston Celtics Big-3 and company has showed to be a lousy playoff team the last three years.
Rumors been surfacing this will be coach Doc Rivers last season coaching the Celtics.....Rivers is a terrible playoff coach.
It took the Championship Celtics 7 games to beat Atlanta Hawks, 7 games to beat Detroit, and 7 games to beat rookie D.Rose Bulls last year.
Boston having such a long strong bench for the playoffs, I thought coach Doc Rivers would rest all his star players as much as he can during the first round vs the weak Miami Heat, b/c the 2nd round will be the top-contender Cavs.
So why play PG-Rondo 44 mpg throughout the 5 game series with Miami?
when u have a long bench of "Baby, Scalibrine, Rasheed, T.Allen, Finley, Daniels, and Nate".
I have to call it like I see it..... Boston has a better roster of players (now) than they had in their Championship season.
The Celtics are a legitimate team that doesn't allow chuckers/bad decision makers/spaz defenders, play high stakes ball.
Name one playoff guard in the East that wouldn't relish the chance to be guarded by Hoppy Smurf.
I really hope Nate Robinson drops 50 points in one of these games and proves to all of his doubters that he is the best player under 6 ft to ever put on an NBA uniform.I always felt that he was unfairly treated by Mike D'antoni when he was here.He could have helped the Knicks had he not been coerced into sitting on the bench.
Why would Doc rest his star players in the playoffs? You do that during the end of the season when seeding is already locked up. A coach should never take any playoff opponent lightly, as seen by the ATL/MIL, UTA/DEN and LAL/OKC series. The playoffs is no time for rest. This is where you really earn your money.
ummm bump? Hahahaha. I knew Celticks would beat Cavs. Lebron is ours!