Ummm, Yeah That Celts/Cavs Game Was a Wakeup Call

Loscy LoscyContributor IFebruary 26, 2010

BOSTON - FEBRUARY 25:  Head coach Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics reacts to a call against one of his players in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the TD Garden on February 25, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Cavaliers defeated the Celtics 108-88.  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 Elsa/Getty Images)
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Whoa. What a first half. The Celtics shot +60% from the field, pulling down rebounds, sinking shots both in the half court and in transition, we were able to stop everyone in an ugly red uniform aside from #23… Up by 8 at the half against arguably the best team in the league? It felt great and it was an impressive showing from a team that’s been playing pretty well since the break.

Then the second half happened.
Ummmmm, yeah that was kind of a wake-up call. When the Cavs dialed it up, locked down, and tuned in, the Celtics had no answer. It was scary how well the Cavs played in the second half, and even scarier to think that this is still a team that just had an integral piece newly inserted into its lineup. Antawn Jamison is only going to get better, and therefore the Cavs will only get better. Once Big Z comes back, their front-line will be even more solidified and be flexible in the sense that they will have Shaq, Jamison, Big Z, JJ Hickson, Varejao, and Powe. Whoa. All hell could break loose. The Cavs went small and we couldn’t gaurd them. Granted, small meant insanely fast, quick, and productive. They spaced out on the floor to give way to Lebron tanking through the lane with a slug-like slipperiness and a buttery-like smoothness… But this also allowed for guys to sit behind the arc waiting for dimes to be handed out.

We had no answers.

There are two ways to look at this loss: through a new-school lens (stats!) and through an old-school lens (empirical evidence!).

You can stop blinking now: the entire team indeed ended in the negative for the +/- stat.

You can stop blinking now: the entire team indeed ended in the negative for the +/- category.

New-School Lens:
Daryl Morey is really setting the tone for how we can use varying statistics to analyze a different, more deeper level of the game. Through some Morey-emulated manipulative regressions, I have figured out that statistically, we sucked. 3-21 in the fourth quarter? Gross.

Old-School Lens:
Okay. Stats won’t really help us here. What we really want to look at is the empirical evidence of the few breakdowns that lead to the Cavs roaring back. You know, the kind of thing old-school scouts used to look at: we couldn’t play defense and we couldn’t play offense. No stops and no buckets. Ew.


Celtics’ byline all season:

Boston Celtics
Veteran Team Poised for the Playoffs That Might Not Have It All Together During The Regular Season But That Is Definitely Poised For A Real Playoff Run


I still think that our team is better suited for the playoffs than the regular season. A series against a team is much different than just playing one game. Am I imagining that we really can be better than we are? I am beginning to not even believe myself when I say we are still viable, legitimate contenders after seeing now bad we are playing at times, but how GOOD teams like the Cavs, Lakers, Magic, Nuggets, and Hawks really are. They’re good. Damn good.

And now, to get out my frustration. More reasons to hate LBJ, Varejao, and most of all, Mo Williams.

Lebron James: he can do no harm; he owns the paint, whistles blow when someone looks at him as if he’s got a “get out of jail free card” on him at all times.


LBJ and his get out of jail free card.

LBJ and his get out of jail free card.

Anderson Varejao never leaves him without his pink Ralph Lauren Polo tote bag filled with kleenex for his tears and his Academy Award for being the Best Actor of 2010 for his role as a flopping big man that can play basketball.


Tote in hand: with kleenex and his Academy Award.

Tote in hand: with kleenex and his Academy Award.

And finally, Mo Williams: he’s such a freakin’ baby that Cleveland ownership might have to change their team name to the Cleveland Pampers. Uniform change is obviously a must.


Those diapers look heavy, Mo...

Those diapers look heavy, Mo...

Yeah, I’m a little angry.