May: C's simply can't keep up
BOSTON -- Michael Finley came here because he wanted a shot at another championship ring? So far, he has witnessed three games: one outright abomination, one close defeat and one shoulda-been-a-loss. He has to be thinking, of all the gym joints in all the world, I walked into this one?
In a way, though, the 37-year-old Finley personifies his new team. He was deemed to be done by the San Antonio Spurs, a team that, by the way, is having its own troubles in the West. So San Antonio did the dignified Finley right and allowed him to leave and sign with, you know, a team with a real shot.Brian Babineau / NBAE via Getty ImagesMemphis' Rudy Gay moves past Paul Pierce, who has been slowed by several injuries this season.
"We're just happy he didn't go to Dallas," said the Spurs' coach, Gregg Popovich.
Finley picked Boston. And right now, he has to be thinking to himself, well, OK, it still beats New Jersey.
But if he believes he's any closer to a ring, a game like Wednesday night has got to have him rethinking his exit strategy from San Antonio. The Celtics were embarrassed by a young, athletic, better-than-you-think Memphis team. A confluence of events -- young vs. old, back-to-back situation vs. night off, energy vs. inertia, optimism vs. helplessness -- led to a 111-91 annihilation at TD Garden. It matched the team's most lopsided loss of the season (both of which, by the way, have come at home).
Click HERE to read the full story.
Play Podcast Grantland's Bill Simmons discusses the state of the Lakers, Phil Jackson's future, the perception of Rajon Rondo, Doc Rivers' impact on the Clippers and more.
Play Podcast Buster Olney chats with Jayson Stark about Ken Griffey Jr.'s uncomfortable interview with Linda Cohn and the value of spring training. Plus, Mike DiGiovanna on the Angels and Derrick Goold on Matt Carpenter's negotiations with the Cardinals.
Play Podcast Red Sox manager John Farrell talks about whether he expected his team to make such a turnaround in one season, his relationship with his players, fans' expectations for the squad and more.