jordan bench
You ready to back off your bold prediction yet, MJ?

The Charlotte Bobcats: Let's open this baby up with a quote from Bobcats majority owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan:

And while the Bobcats' cap issues gave them no chance at the LeBron James-led free-agent class this summer, he insists the Bobcats, led by Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, are better than last season's 44-38 team that was swept by Orlando in the first round.

"I think we're going to be a better off team than we were last year," Jordan said. "We're together, we're coming off some success from last year. Granted, Raymond's not here. But when you think about, Tyson came off the bench.

"At the minimum, we should make the playoffs."

I bet MJ would like to take a mulligan on that one right about now.

Good news for the Bobcats: They didn't wait until they were down 15-20 points before starting to play last night! The bad news: It didn't matter. They lost anyway...falling to 1-6 on the season.
The 'Cats shot like they were playing with KFC buckets on their heads -- 39 percent as a team -- with a very special (in the short bus way) thanks to Stephen Jackson (4-for-13), D.J. Augustin (3-for-15, 1-for-7 on threes) and Gerald Wallace (2-for-11).

Still, the real stake in Charlotte's shriveling heart was the failure to put any hands in the general viscinity of rookie Gary Neal's face. Neal went gonzo from beyond the arc, drilling 5 treys.

That said, the Bobcats had their chances. They were down 93-91 with 26.8 seconds left but chose defense over the intentional foul. Unfortunately, they let Manu Ginobili swoop in for a game-breaking layup with 4.9 seconds to go.

Said Bat-Manu: "The goal was to eat all the clock possible, but at the same time you don't want to take a really bad shot. It was a miscommunication between Boris [Diaw] and [Tyrus] Thomas and one left. I had a pretty good look."

As someone who has followed the careers of both Diaw and Thomas, all I can do is nod emphatically at the "miscommunication" part.

Anyway, said Charlotte coach Larry Brown: "D.J., Jack and Gerald going 9 of 39, I don't care who you're playing and you're going to have a tough time. To be in the game with us shooting it that way and turning it over again, like we do, it's a miracle we had a chance."

Chalk one up in the "Near Miracle Victory" column, Larry.

Stephen Jackson, turnover machine: S-Jax had 6 of Charlotte's 14 turnovers. But "shame" -- like most other words -- is not in his vocabulary: "Some nights I may have six turnovers, some nights I may have none." Wow. He's like a fortune cookie. Scatch that. A misfortune cookie.

The Atlanta Hawks: I hope the Dirty Birds enjoyed that 6-0 start and all those "Don't forget about the Hawks!" stories that were so popular for a week or so. You'd think people would have wised up to Atlanta's act by now. They usually pound lousy teams during soft stretches, maybe win a close game or two against a legit opponents. But in the final analysis, they are -- at best -- a second tier team.

To wit: After opening the season with six straight wins over "meh" teams, they've now lost two in a row against decent ones. Go figure.

I'll give the Hawks this much, though. They made the Magic work for it. Atlanta held Orlando to 43 percent shooting -- including 4-for-22 on threes -- and won the rebounding battle 48-43. But the Magic go a big night out of Pumaman (27 points, 11 rebounds) and...Vince Carter? Yes, Vince Carter, who finished with 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting and scored 5 crucial points in the final 1:12.

That's right: The Hawks were out-clutched by Vince Carter.

And you know how Vag, er, Vince did it? Two layups, the second of which was an "And 1!" after which he actually roared and flexed to the crowd, Hulk Hogan style.

Said Carter: "It never gets old. Believe me."

Yeah. Unless you're the Hawks.

Hawks coach Larry Drew, quote machine: "As I told our guys, 'Let's not look at this loss as a moral victory.' We've always felt in our hearts all along that we were capable of playing against any team."

Playing against any team? Yes. Winning against any team? Eh, not so much.

Bonus stat: The Hawks gave up 22 points off 17 turnovers...and lost by 4. Just sayin'.

The Toronto Raptors: How does a team like the Golden State Warriors win on the road despite giving up 22 fast break points and a whopping 32 points off 21 turnovers?

By playing the Craptors, of course. Now 1-6!

Stephen Curry, playing on a semi-bum ankle, scored a season-high 34 points on 12-for-21 shooting (including 2-for-4 on threes and 8-for-8 at the line). Moped Ellis added 28 points on 10-for-17 shooting before a bad fall waylaid him in the fourth quarter. The Warriors -- now 5-2! -- also got a double-double out of David Lee (14 points, 12 rebounds) in addition to shooting 52 percnt as a team and winning the rebounding battle 42-32.

Credit the Dinos for coming back from 20 points down to make a game of this one. But that's like sticking your genitals in a grizzly's mouth and then hoping to yank them out before they become bear kibble.

Said Linas Kleiza: "We just make the game hard on ourselves."

Actually, you can probably blame the front office for that, Linas. I'm pretty sure they're the ones responsible for sending you to war with a starting lineup of you, Reggie Evans, Andrea Bargnani, Jarrett Jack and DeMar DeRozan. Admittedly, that group would make a terrific second unit on a real basketball team.

raptors mascot
"Do you guys need a new mascot?
Please tell me you need a mascot."

The Boston Celtics: Back-to-back road games in Oklahoma City and Dallas would be a tall order for any team. Still, the Celtics handed the Thunder a choice cut of ass on Monday night and looked ready to dispatch the Mavs last night after Paul Pierce knocked down a 17-footer to give Boston an 87-82 lead with 1:58 left.

BUT...the C's went scoreless over the final two-ish minutes while the Mavs netted seven points off a layup by Dirk Nowitzki, a triple by Jason Terry and what turned out to be the game-winning 16-footer by Nowitzki with 17.4 ticks on the clock.

Know who Dirk was shooting over? Big Baby. Who's, what, half a foot shorter?

Said Nowitzki: "I knew Kidd was going to find me and then Davis was there. I was able to face him up and knock the shot down."

Oh, but it gets better. Boston's final possession consisted of a three-pointer by Rajon Rondo with 3.8 seconds left and then (after a Terry foul) a desperation triple attempt by Kevin Garnett as time expired.

Really, Celtics? Threes by Rondo and Garnett? Those're the best shots you could get?

Doc Rivers -- who called that sequence "a terrible play" -- said: "I hope I can draw up a better play than that."

Ya think?

Jermaine O'Neal: We call him "The Drain" for a reason. O'Neal played only 11 minutes -- including zero in the second half -- because of a sore left knee that left him with "no explosion." Oh, and Jermaine benched himself for the final two quarters, figuring the Celtics would be better off with him on the bench.

Which might be the case. But if you're wondering by Big Baby was defending Dirk on the game-winner, this is why. Boy, it sure is a good thing the Celtics went out and got two injury-prone O'Neals last summer. Eight games into the season and they're both out already.

Dirk Nowitzki's new haircut: Well, Dirk cut his flowing locks. Now he's gone from looking like a WNBA player to looking like...Sloth from The Goonies?! That's what Dan Marino -- not the football player, but a Basketbawful fan from Belgium -- thinks.

dirk sloth
"Sloth love Chunk!"

The Phoenix Suns: Their two oldest players -- Steve Nash (16 points, 6-for-11, 11 assists) and Grant Hill (19 points, 12 rebounds -- were their best players. Robin Lopez went 1-for-4 and pulled down only 2 rebounds in 14 minutes. Hedo Turkoglu is starting. Channing Frye -- who got a $30 million contract from the Suns this summer -- went 1-for-7 off the bench.

Anybody else see any problems here?

And how about this: Zach Randolph returned from the dead to scored 23 points and gobble up 20 rebounds...including an absurd 8 offensive boards.

Oh, and then there were the turnovers: 23 of 'em, for 31 points going the other way. Hill and Nash combined for 9 TOs.

It's amazing the Suns didn't lose by 20.

Said Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry: "That's [23] chances we don't get to shoot the basketball. If we are managing our turnovers, and we've got 10 or 12 turnovers, that's 10 more possessions that we can shoot it at the basket. Make five of them, and it's a different story. We've just got to do a better job in that department."

The Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets wasted some good defense (holdin the Bulls to 41 percent shooting) and a season-best 32-point from Carmelo Anthony by giving the Bulls 24 bonus points off 18 turnovers. They also kept shooting directly into their defenders hands, as Chicago had 12 blocked shots, including 9 combined from Taj Gibson (5) and Joakim Noah (4).

Also, anybody else notice the Nuggets are starting Shelden Williams? Eek.

As an aside, Gibson's sweet game -- 16 points (7-for-12), 6 boards, 5 blocks, 3 assists and a steal -- reminded me of some of the crap I got after dubbing him a potential All-Star in my Central Division preview. In fact, here's what AnacondaHL had to say:

Haha, I just noticed something from this post (emphasis mine):

"a couple of possible future All-Stars (Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson),"

Wait, what? Since when is someone projected to be the next Dan Gadzuric a possible future All-Star?
Well, check it, peeps: Six games into his second season, Taj is averaging 15.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.7 APG and 1.7 BPG while shooting a redonkulous 63 percent from the field. That puts him at 4th in the league in FGP. His Offensive Rating is 115 and his Player Efficiency Rating is 19.1, which, according to John Hollinger's reference guide, is pretty close to borderline All-Star territory.

As always, I'm just sayin'.

(Of course, when Boozer returns from his broken hand, Gibson will head back to the bench, his numbers will fall, and blah blah blah.)

acrobats
You know what? Don't ask. Just...don't ask.

Erik Spoelstra, quote machine: This is a belated entry submitted by Basketbawful reader clair. Regarding their game against the Nyets, Spoelstra said: "[Saturday] was about a nameless, faceless opponent. We needed to really come back and establish our toughness, our disposition defensively and the guys really took that to heart and I was glad that they were having fun out there."

As clair put it: "Nameless AND faceless. Ouch!"

Chris's brief lacktion report: Alonzo Gee grabbed a Legend of Zelda cartridge in just 3 seconds for a Super Mario! For Charlotte, Sherron Collins heaved a brick from Tryon Street in 3:33 for a +1 suck differential.

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36 Comments:
Anonymous Stockton said...
At this point, does anyone bet about which will be the worst team in the league?
There are toooo many candidates...

Anonymous Barry said...
"I love contact"

Dirty quote alert? Borderline. Innuendo.

Blogger chris said...
And, Bawful, this post is practically begging for our favorite rollerblade clip. :D

Blogger Will said...
Dick Tracey knows a thing or two about nameless, faceless opponents. Also, does anyone have the inclination to keep track of who is leading the league in moral victories?

Blogger Basketbawful said...
And, Bawful, this post is practically begging for our favorite rollerblade clip. :D

Actually, you know what? I'm thinking I should include that every time the Craptors lose. Everybody cool with that?

Blogger GC2 said...
I'm still trying to figure out how Z Bo came up with "42 minutes".

Someone? Anyone?

--GCII

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Actually, I see 1.2 blk/g, which is actually a decrease (as is Taj's 6.2 reb/g) from his rookie year.

Small sample sizes aside, I will eat a hat if Taj can maintain that 19 PER for the rest of the season, WRT games played. You can have hope in his gigantic leap in TS%, but I'd bet on regression to the mean every time.

Anonymous AK Dave said...
"They usually pound lousy during soft stretches"

Is this a porn reference? Because either way, I'm incorporating this phrase into my everyday vernacular.

Blogger Dan B. said...
Actually, you know what? I'm thinking I should include that every time the Craptors lose. Everybody cool with that?

Of course! I look forward to seeing that clip 60+ days this season.

Blogger zyth said...
go mascot clip.
and while i like boston - i really do, even though i don't have any connection to them - there is only one thing i wan't this year more than the heat losing ; to see KG choke.
also, the fact that dallas didn't even defend Rondo on that 3pt is just...dunno, sad? how little respect do you have to pay to a guy to let him shoot that shot with under 4 seconds left? and with this, i call shenanigans on the whole ' OMG rondo knows how to shoot now ' story that circulated around the web during preseason

Anonymous Business Time said...
I'd like to nominate Arron Afflalo for a WOTN after posting a plus/minus of -25. In a 2 point loss. And he played 36 minutes. So Denver outscored Chicago by 23 in the 12 minutes that he didn't play.

Note: I actually like Afflalo, but damn, son.

Blogger 49er16 said...
@Basketbawful: Where do you look up the stats each night? Hoopdata?

Anonymous Silvio said...
@GC2

Z-Bo played 41 minute yesterday as after each foul Gasol immediately went to bench. It seems coach is trying to teach Marc lesson about unnecessary fouls.

Grizzlies played a lot with Arthur/Z-Bo up front and for stretches in Q2 and Q4 went very small with Conley/Mayo/Xavier/Gay/Randolph. That was not matchup problem as for Suns Lopez played only 15 minutes (and sit out last 18 minutes), for most of the game Suns went with Turkoglu at PF, Frye at C, when one of those two rested Warrick (35 minutes with Turkoglu playing only 5 minutes in 1st half due to foul trouble) was used at both 4 and 5.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Small sample sizes aside, I will eat a hat if Taj can maintain that 19 PER for the rest of the season, WRT games played. You can have hope in his gigantic leap in TS%, but I'd bet on regression to the mean every time.

The fact is, Gibson's minutes and usage percentage are going to drop like a stone when Boozer gets back, plus he'll get stuck playing with Chicago's crappy second unit. So a predicted drop in numbers is more common sense than regression to the mean.

I'd like to nominate Arron Afflalo for a WOTN after posting a plus/minus of -25. In a 2 point loss. And he played 36 minutes. So Denver outscored Chicago by 23 in the 12 minutes that he didn't play.

Note: I actually like Afflalo, but damn, son.


You know, I almost gave him an entry for missing a wide open look that would have tied the score near the end of the game.

@Basketbawful: Where do you look up the stats each night? Hoopdata?

I have a three-stop shop for box scores and stats: ESPN (for raw box scores and plus-minus), Basketball-Reference (for the Four Factors) and Hoopdata (for shot locations and other advanced stuff).

Anonymous The Other Chris said...
Was on the way home from Las Vegas last night, my buddy texted me on the drive back from the airport that the Raptors were down by a ton. By the time I got home, they had cut it to 8 and eventually got it down to 4 before collapsing like a cheap tent in a stiff wind. You're always in the game against Golden State!!

Pity Stephen Curry is an alien and took over the game down the stretch. Holy God do I have a man-crush on that dude. Is it even possible to not like him as a basketball fan? Let's replace the dunk contest this year at the All-Star break with a 1-on-1 round robin between Moped, Steph Curry and Brandon Roy.

My first game of the season coming up on Wednesday: CRAPTORS VS. BOBCRAPS! The NBA: where basement dwelling happens.

Anonymous Patrick said...
"Boy, it sure is a good thing the Celtics went out and got two injury-prone O'Neals last summer. Eight games into the season and they're both out already."

Of course, the Celtics got these big men to clog the lane during the playoffs. Letting the O'Neals sit out meaningless games in the first half of the year is a great decision. Anyone who thinks Boston won't make the playoffs is a buffoon. Thus, there's no reason to risk serious injury to the O'Neals at any time during the regular season. Frankly, I'd sit the O'Neals every so often even in 100% health for that reason.

Anonymous Lars Ytting said...
Hey Bawful

Could you guys please make a post about how bad Darko Milicic career has been.

It could include shouting Kaaaaaaaaaaaaaahn and hearing C-Webb's reaction on being compared to The Human Victroy Cigar!

Blogger Sorbo said...
@Bawful - You could just post that Raptors fail video everyday. Maybe just rename the site from "Basketbawful" to "Your Daily Raptors Fail Video"

BTW, anyone shocked that Hollinger has the Heat ranked No. 1 in his power rankings? Tha'ts not a huge deal, although there are some bogus rankings, such as:

(#5)Nuggets ranked over the (#6)Celtics and Trailblazers.

(#16) The two-win 76ers ranked over the Warriors (5-2), Bucks, Jazz, and Thunder.

Speaking of the one-win Raptors, they (#18) are ranked above the teams the Bucks, Jazz, Thunder, Cavs, Pistons, Kings, Nets, and Pacers

Blogger 49er16 said...
I have a three-stop shop for box scores and stats: ESPN (for raw box scores and plus-minus), Basketball-Reference (for the Four Factors) and Hoopdata (for shot locations and other advanced stuff).

Thanks

Blogger AnacondaHL said...

Anonymous DKH said...
Regarding Hollinger's rankings, there are going to be huge sample size issues at this stage in the season. He also does weird weighting things with strength of schedule and recent games (although everything is recent at this point).

Anyway, at this point, Miami has a huge average point differential, with the fourth toughest schedule so far. So it might be reasonable to rank them highly. But, the Rockets and Suns also seem high to me, and sure enough, they rank one-two in strength of schedule. The Raptors have the sixth toughest schedule at this point. Home/away splits matter, too, but those will tend to disappear over the season.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
It's a bit late, but I just wanted to point out some especially tasty bawful in that "Here's to a big season" commercial the NBA is running right now:

One of the shots for August includes Shaq working out.

Really? Shaquille "I use the post-all-star break regular season to get in shape for the playoffs" O'Neal working out in August? The only workout he gets in that month is his frequent back and forth jobs between his table and the buffet line at the local Golden Corral.

Blogger chris said...
Another moving violation, another day in the life for the Purple Paupers.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Could you guys please make a post about how bad Darko Milicic career has been.

It could include shouting Kaaaaaaaaaaaaaahn and hearing C-Webb's reaction on being compared to The Human Victory Cigar!


I did that a couple months ago actually...

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Another moving violation, another day in the life for the Purple Paupers.

His eyebrows just look so perfect in that mug shot...

(When I first typed that sentence, I put "jug shot" instead of "mug shot." Freud was right...)

Blogger Wild Yams said...
Regarding Hollinger's rankings, I'm actually surprised the Lakers apparently have had the 13th toughest schedule so far, as I would have placed it far, far lower than that. That's gotta be a small sample size anomaly, cause the Lakers' schedule has been pretty weak so far. In any event, a home game against the Timberwolves tonight sure isn't gonna help them improve that SOS ranking.

Mr. Bawful - Do you think it's possible the Celtics were looking past the Mavs last night with an eye on their matchup with Miami tomorrow? I didn't see the game so I just wanted to see if you thought that was a factor at all.

Patrick - Supposedly Kendrick Perkins should be long back by the time the playoffs roll around, so odds are if he's healthy that one of the O'Neals will be sitting a lot during the playoffs anyway. I thought the O'Neal signings were supposed to fill in the blanks till Perk is healthy again. If they're both hurt as much as Perk is, then aren't they not really doing what they were brought to Boston to do?

Anonymous Barry said...
I came back expecting the Mascot video, and I'm leaving satisfied. Some should make a tribute site.

Anonymous Silvio said...
Speaking of crappy 2nd units: Heat
at PHI win 97-87, Q4 points: 17
vs ORL win 96-70, Q4 points: 17
at NJN win 101-78, Q4 points: 16
vs NJN win 101-89, Q4 points: 14

only vs hapless Wolves 31 Q4 points for 129-97.

Tonight they meet almost equally bad Jazz 2nd unit (as Millsap and Kirilenko are starters now) - if Heat is 20+ after Q3, we'll see absolutely bawfultastic Q4 with 24 points, 28 top.

Blogger Sorbo said...
I know it's early for the Hollinger rankings, but the Raptors ranking over the teams mentioned is high, even if they do have a strong SOS.

I think one way Hollinger could tweak his system would be to change the SOS. You could have a strong SOS, but lose to all the good teams and beat only the Minnesotas and Torontos of the NBA. It should be partioned out to SOS in wins and SOS in losses. (i.e., how good were the teams you beat and how good were the teams you lost to). Weighted wins/losses for B2B and 4in5s would be good too.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Do you think it's possible the Celtics were looking past the Mavs last night with an eye on their matchup with Miami tomorrow? I didn't see the game so I just wanted to see if you thought that was a factor at all.

Nope. Second night of back-to-back road games, coming off a win over the Thunder in Oklahoma City, minus their first, second and third-string centers going into the second half, they were still leading by five points with just under two minutes to go. They played well enough to win, they just ran out of gas...

...and they just shouldn't have let Dirk shoot over Big Baby.

Also? And I'm not trying to go all sour grapes here, but the Celtics got only 7 FTAs for the game, and when Ray Allen was fouled by Jason Terry with one second left in the game, the Mavs weren't even in the penalty.

I'm just sayin'...

Blogger Japes said...
As a Raptors fan, I'm cheering for only two things this season:
1. DeRozan and Ed Davis's development
2. That the lottery balls land Toronto's direction come next June.

So by all means, please post our Mascot fail. It will give me something to look forward to after every loss, hehe.

Anonymous Silvio said...
Afflalo is nice guy. But funny thing is: he produced one good defense on Kobe, then after that game people started to think about him as defensive stopper.
But numbers say Afflalo joins Jamario Moon among worst in ADE/UHADE ratio. Players Afflalo guarded this season:
Raja Bell 12 points, season high for aging veteran
Jason Terry 20 and 26 (season high)
Kevin Martin 21, that's actually decent, but still 20+
Eric Gordon 21, that's exactly Eric's average, not actually stopping and thanks to Gordon shooting only 9/14 FTs
Keith Bogans 10 points, after poor Keith totaled 16 points in 5 games prior to yesterday

Good job only vs Marco Belinelli, 5 points on 2/8 shooting.

Season 2009/10 highlights:
2009-12-25 Brandon Roy, 41 points
2009-11-01 O.J. Mayo, 40 points
2010-01-20 Monta Ellis, 39 points
2010-03-29 Kobe Bryant, 33 points
2010-01-05 Monta Ellis, 32 points
2009-12-07 Andre Iguodala, 31 points (qualifies as Thad Young started at SF)
2009-10-29 Brandon Roy, 30 points
2010-03-15 Kevin Martin, 29 points
2010-01-09 Tyreke Evans, 27 points
2010-01-11 Corey Brewer, 25 points
...
2009-11-17 DeMar DeRozan, 17 points
2010-03-23 Tracy McGrady, 15 points
2010-04-10 Garrett Temple, 11 points
2009-12-14 Thabo Sefolosha, 11 points
2010-01-21 Ricky Davis, 9 points


ADE/UHADE ratio = actual defensive efficiency to undeserved hype about defensive ability ratio

Anonymous Arouet said...
How could you not have mentioned this in regards to Zach Randolph last night?

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Zach-Randolph-might-think-there-are-42-minutes-i?urn=nba-283817

Anonymous Patrick said...
@ Wild Yams: "I thought the O'Neal signings were supposed to fill in the blanks till Perk is healthy again. If they're both hurt as much as Perk is, then aren't they not really doing what they were brought to Boston to do?"

That's an excellent point. But do you really believe Boston is concerned primarily about winning some early games? As an NBA fan, surely you've noticed that most teams aren't focused until after the All-Star Game. And since Boston is a lock for the playoffs in the East, I very much doubt they're all that concerned with a November game. Heck - I *know* they're saving it for later by the mere fact that they sat Jermaine O'Neal merely for having a sore knee.

As far as bringing in O'Neals to win early while Perkins sits: do you think the Boston management is completely unaware of Shaq's proclivities? The NBA is a small world, and Shaq's been out of shape every year. Do you think Boston didn't know that?

It seems more likely that they built their team *specifically* to beat Miami. And since they can't out-talent the Heat, they're going to play them *extremely* physically, slow them down, make them shoot from outside, etc. It's as good a strategy as any for beating the Heat. And I think that took precedence over some early season games that Perkins wouldn't play.

Anyway - that's my read on it.

Word verification: "supsupp". "'Supsupp bawful fans?"

Blogger Wild Yams said...
Mr. Bawful - Sounds like you're probably right, thanks for your take :)

Patrick - Actually based on what the Celtics did last year, there's quite a few people who think their strategy may be to try to just win a lot of early games and then cruise through the last 3-4 months of the season and be well rested for the playoffs. They were 27-2 two years ago, then were 23-5 last year. I think Doc feels with a team that's basically got the same core in tact and that is an older team, they can take advantage of some early season chemistry that many other teams might not have and rack up some early wins before resting his guys for the stretch. Then again, if that was the plan last year, it may have backfired in that not having home court advantage in the Finals was key.

I think Boston was definitely aware of Shaq's proclivities, but that's also why they waited so long to sign him and even then only signed him for the league minimum. I think they feel like when healthy, Perkins is their guy, and the O'Neals are just his backups. I think the Celtics would prefer that at least one of them was playing right now, and aren't really worried they'd be "risking serious injury" by playing right now. They won't make them play through injuries or anything like that, but I really don't think Boston's plan was to sign those guys and rest them up all year for the playoffs. I think you're going to see those guys get a lot of rest after Perkins returns.

I also don't think the Celtics brought in the O'Neals specifically to beat the Heat, but rather to beat the Lakers, as it was LA's size inside last year that pushed Boston around on the boards that really helped LA take the title. I'm sure the fact that Miami is center-less factored in as well though.

Anonymous Captain Kirk said...
dirk nowitski looked like diego forlan before that haircut. a very important reference uve missed for a while now, esp. after the World Cup

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