Think Again, The Boston Celtics Are Still the Defending Champions

John Louie RamosSenior Writer IApril 8, 2009

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06:  Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics lifts the ball up against Chris Duhon #1 of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 6, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

"Every closed eye is not sleeping, and every open eye is not seeing"Bill Cosby

The NBA Spectators seem to overlooked the Sleeping Giant, the real Beast of the East.

With all those discussions regarding the Kobe Bryant-LeBron James MVP Debate and how they would fare against each other in the NBA Finals, people tend to forget that the Boston Celtics are still the defending champion.

You can argue that the Lakers beat the Celtics convincingly all throughout the season and that the Cavaliers had their moments against the Green team.

True in it's truest sense it may be, but the hard fact is that the Celtics is still in contention and very much capable of serving a huge upset.

They haven't been beaten.

You can't say that you beat a team just by sweeping the regular season's head-to-head matchup.

If you're going to beat somebody, make sure he won't be able to stand up for weeks. If he did stand up, no one knows you might find yourself in the hospital for weeks.

In like manner, if you're going to beat a team, make sure to break their spirits and crush their hearts. If you give them a chance for a sweet revenge, I say be ready for a bitter ending.

Playoff basketball is different.

The stakes are higher, the pressure bigger, the opposition stronger.

Remember how James and his young Cavaliers succumb to pressure in the NBA Finals of 2007, or how Bryant's inexperienced cast literally looked like a bunch of kids lost in a crowd in last year's finals?

Consider the Celtics as ducks in a pond.

Calm and serene at the surface, but peddles like hell beneath the water.

They may be quiet right now, but believe me, they are just lurking in the corner, surveying the field and waiting for the right opportunity.