Celtics-Bulls: A Few Notes on Deciding Factors

Hugo FerreiraContributor IMay 2, 2009

CHICAGO - APRIL 30: Members of the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics sprint down the court in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 30, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Celtics 128-127 in triple-overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agreees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

First, there's no point in discussing whether or not this has been the best playoff series ever.

"Best ever" statements will always be subjective, if for no other reason, at least because they are always limited to the lifespan of the person making the statement.

What we can say, without any doubt, is that this is one of the best playoff series ever, period.

Second, defense wins it, in the end. Two great defensive efforts by two young Bulls players made the difference at the end of Game Six.

There's no point in arguing whether Paul Pierce was careless or questioning Rajon Rondo's shot decision. All props should go to Joakim Noah and to Derrick Rose for showing us that "old" coaches are still right.

Third, youth took a very large part at the end of Game Six. The question is, will it take a part in the whole of Game Seven? The defensive efforts I made reference to in the previous note were clearly the result of less tired bodies and minds.

Reciprocally, the carelessness and bad decision on the other side were clearly the result of tiredness.

It may be argued that the Bulls have a better overall set of young players than the Celtics. Unless the Celtics are able to offset this with good performances from its more experienced players, this may become the deciding factor.

Fourth, if the Celtics make it through to Round Two, Doc needs to give more minutes to some of the bench players.

Otherwise, when he needs them, they won't be ready, as was the case with Tony Allen. Clearly he was out of touch because he hasn't been feeling the ball.

Fifth, If Rajon Rondo's more down-tempo style in Game Six was the result of a (bad) coaching decision, it needs to be reversed pronto. The Celtics need him at full speed. He has been the rabbit pulling the pack.

Sixth and final note, thank you, Ray Allen, for yet another memorable performance. It's one of those memories I will pass through to future generations. Now, go down there and do it again... just one more time.