Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Boston Celtics in Trouble?

The Boston Celtics owned the best regular season record in 2007-08, coming very close to the 70 win mark this past season. They have homecourt advantage right now, but it may not matter. In the post season they've had immense trouble winning on the road. Many analysts expected the Celts' Big 3 to be on vacation getting spa treatments after sweeping the Hawks. However, the Hawks were tough at home and exposed the Celtics as a bad team on the road taking them to a full 7 game series.

Now the Celtics find themselves in a similar situation, however it's against a superior team in the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lebron and company have evened the series at 2 games a piece. After some antics in the last game involving Lebron yelling at his mom, the Celtics still couldn't find a way to win the game. Ray Allen's been cold, Rajon Rondo has been an unlikely star, and the team continues to struggle. The Big 3 have become "The Big Mystery". Lebron just may be hungry to get back to the Finals and win it this year, and King James may leave the Celtics looking like mere peasants.

I agree quite a bit with what Magic Johnson suggested on last night's TNT Inside the NBA following the game. Magic said the Celtics will not be able to beat Detroit if they are playing like this, because Detroit is smart. Detroit is a smart, veteran team with good experience together. They may be missing Ben Wallace, but they still have the core of their championship teams with Billups, Hamilton, Prince and Rasheed. They also possess experience winning championships, as well as experience exposing the weaknesses of just about any other NBA team. The Celtics are in trouble, while Detroit, barring serious injury to Billups, may be in cruise control for another NBA Finals trip.

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