Thanks to everyone for joining us. I'm just finishing up a quick blog post on Paul Pierce's remarks about his Twitter incident. We'll kick things off shortly. Thanks for dropping by.
Alright, let's do this. Here's the post on Pierce if you'd like to check it out... <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/BostonCeltics/post/_/id/4674504/pierce-denies-twitter-post">Click HERE</a>
Let's dive in...
Going against LA will be a tough task. But let's say we manage to win it all this year, what are the chances we celebrate at home instead of at Staples center given the finals schedules and the strength of the opponent...?? I would love for us to get our potential 4th win at home! Realistic..??
Woah, woah, woah. So we've already considered the conference finals over AND planning the parade? Just reinforces how crazy this season has been. I remember our last regular-season chat a month back and people were bracing for a first-round exit at the hands of the Heat. I like the confidence, but Doc just got done telling his troops to focus on one game at a time, fans should probably do the same. Plenty of work to do.
Hey Chris ...Do you think we will sweep the Orlando's ? And, if we go to the finals vs LA, we can win ? Really win ?
Considering Boston's play at home this season, a sweep seems a bit unlikely, but certainly not impossible. I don't see any way Orlando wins Game 4 if Boston wins Game 3. I know we saw the Heat avoid the sweep in that situation, but they were also at home. We'll hear a lot of that "We don't want to go back to Orlando" chatter on Sunday if Boston does take care of business in Game 3, but it could get decidedly dicier if Orlando steals one Saturday... Regardless, I'm not sure I see this series going past five games so long as Boston doesn't fall on its face at home.
As for whether the C's can beat the Lakers: Sure, why not? They played LA tough both meetings this season and Boston is supposedly healthier and simply playing better basketball than they were four months ago. I don't see why they can't compete. Won't be easy, but it'll be competitive.
Any possibility of a Game 3 Cleveland type let down on Saturday?
Ironically, that loss might have been more important to the Celtics than any other this year. 1) It put their season in peril, down 2-1 to Cleveland with an absolute must-win in Game 4 looming; 2) It was so lopsided the Celtics could have just rolled over; 3) It only lit their fuse for this current five-game winning streak; and 4) Now it reminds the team what can happen after a three-day break. It'll likely keep Boston focused on this playoff hump day.
orlando in six what do you think of that.
I think people in Cleveland would have scoffed if someone said "Celtics in 6" after Game 3. Doesn't mean it can't happen.
So, we all know Perk is Howard's kryptonite. But, is Reddick Ray's kryptonite? He seems to be able to stick with him through all those screens. He did a good job last year limiting Ray Ray, and he seems to be doing a good job again. Do you expect Ray to break out of this slump he's had over the last three slumps? Honestly, I feel as long as Reddick is guarding him he will be limited.
Ray certainly has been quiet. How crazy is it that J.J. Redick -- of all the players on that team -- is probably the biggest pain in Boston's rump right now. He was a nuisance on offense throughout Game 2 and his defense certainly has been underrated against Ray (particularly when everyone else was so fixated on the whole Barnes or Carter issue at the start of the series). That said, Redick had the boneheaded timeout call (or lack quickly thereof) to end Game 2, so he's not making too many blood pressures soar quite yet.
do you foresee any lineup adjustments for the Magic going into Game 3? Start Redick in place of Barnes? Gortat over Lewis?
No, especially this time of year, you need to stay the course unless injuries are really, really a factor. If Barnes is healthy, there's no reason to juggle the lineup. We all saw what happened when Mike Brown started messing with rotations and bench usage late in the Boston series. Listen, the Magic won 60 games and breezed through the first two rounds of the playoffs for a reason.
What do you think Orlando will change in their approach to game 3? different rotations? different plays to get lewis involved?
I think Orlando absolutely has to get Rashard Lewis going. Remember how Boston talked about getting Pierce going for the last month of the season. Same thing here. He's been way too hesitant to shoot. I don't care if he's wearing Garnett like a suit, he needs to get shots up and get some confidence going by putting some points on the board. Orlando also has to do a better job in the pick-and-roll and creating open looks for shooters (and, of course, hitting those 3-pointers will do a world of good for that team's confidence).
Do you think that TA's recent play might price himself out of our range in the offseason? At this point in the playoffs compared with the same point in the 2008 run what team do you think is better?
Can we just take a step back and examine that thought for a moment... Tony Allen has priced himself out of Boston with his play ... And I'm not disagreeing. But could this have even been fathomed at the start of the season when TA couldn't even get on the floor from rushing back from the ankle surgery he had in the offseason. My gut says he's back, particularly if the coaching staff stays intact. But someone might pay TA a lot of money to be a starting SG. Not sure that's his best fit any more, but it'll be enticing if the money is right.
Rajon Rondo now runs this team. It is more than evident. Can Paul Pierce continue to to produce like he did last game? Is this now Rondo's Celtics?
If America runs on Dunkin, the Celtics certainly run on Rondo. The best part is that he doesn't have to put up ridiculous numbers each night to be the leader. He can score 10 points and as long as he's fueling the offense, then Boston will thrive. What's best is Rondo still has the ability to dominate offensively when everyone else is struggling. With Ray Allen quiet in Game 2 and KG off a bit early in the second half, Pierce and Rondo shouldered the load.
You are Twitter guy do you think Pierce actually post that tweet about anyone having a broom or is there a "hacker" out there somewhere trying to motivate Magic?
Some of the Tweets did appear while Pierce was at the podium and they came from a program he typically wouldn't use. So did he directly post them? No. But someone had access to his account (all you'd need is the password) so whether it was a "hacker" or somebody in his camp getting a little playful, it still falls on Pierce and those dealing with the security of his pages. In general, the Celtics should stay off Twitter as it's been nothing but a headache this season (See also: Ray Allen's hack and Shelden Williams' nearly causing a Boston heart attack by suggesting a Pierce injury was worse than it was).
I'm extremely superstitious, especially when it comes to my Boston teams. It all stems back to me boasting about a "win" over the steelers in 97 when we were up by 8 with three minutes left. Bledsoe throws a horrific interception, steelers tie it, and win in ot. I never talk trash now until the clock reads 00:00. So, did Pierce just jinx us?
Can we agree that there's probably not a "Bledsoe" in this group. Rondo typically doesn't throw the costly interception and I'm fine with him quarterbacking this team.
what is the worse thing that could happen to the celtics?
It's hard to call Game 3 overly important because Boston is already up 2-0, but when you have an opponent on the ropes, you gotta deliver the knockout. The Magic have hung around the past two games and, while Boston fended off late rallies (or collapses), an Orlando win Saturday gives them a boatload of confidence moving forward.The only thing worse: A major injury to someone like Rondo. I'm fearful of backlash just from typing those words.
If you're the opposing coach how do you even begin to defend Rondo? It seems to me that giving him room is a terrible idea as he is hitting his jumper better and he can see the court better, which allows him to make those sick passes?
Not sure there's a good answer for this. I guess I look at the guards who have success against Rondo, and it's the Deron Williams type. The bigger bodies, bit of a bruiser. Maybe a good defender who can stay in front of him and prevent the dribble penetration (while also sticking with him in transition). But there's no good answer. The best defense sometimes is having good help behind you, but even that hasn't been enough for Orlando at times.
I love the Celtics chances of making it to the Finals right now, although making it happen on the floor is what matters. Who do you think will be this years impact player off the bench if they do? I know TA is playing great right now and hopefully continues to do so, but do you think Glen Davis might be our ace in the hole? He seems to play with so much positive energy, it HAS to energize the team.
My boss asked me today about comparing the 2008 and 2010 squads. The Celtics pretty much all passed on the question after Game 2 because they know they have to at least win a title before you can even start comparing. But if I can jump the gun, I think the bench is a bit weaker this year. At this point, Doc's leaning on three guys: TA, Baby, and 'Sheed, and, on most nights, one or two of those guys disappears. Finley is just filling minutes and has been irrelevant. Marquis and Shelden are "only in emergency" guys. Nate and Scal are leading the cheering (but give them credit for being into it). I just don't think that stacks up with Posey, PJ, House, Powe, etc. Just remember how important House was in turning around the Finals with his shooting.
Chris - will Kedrick Perkins ever set a screen with both feet planted?
It's frustrating at times because those fouls are such momentum killers. He really got burnt on them in Game 1, picking up two fouls that he could have used against Howard. Perkins absolutely has to be careful of that this series, or else he'll be limited to the 15 minutes he played after fouling out in Game 2.
CHRIS, why did you just say that?!?!!? Every time Rondo hits the floor hard now, I'm gonna have a panic attack!
See, I knew I shouldn't have brought it up. Fortunately, he's been pretty durable despite the hits from Shaq and Co.
Good afternoon Mr. Forsberg. Hope you're enjoying this extended season as much as I am. What are your thoughts on the three day rest between games 2 and 3? Is it helpful for the old legs or could it kill the momentum they are riding on right now?
Besides getting some extra rest, I see absolutely no advantage. These guys just want to play. I have no clue what Doc can tell his guys on Friday or Saturday morning to keep them interested. I do like that the Celtics essentially negated one day off by staying overnight in Orlando and flying back Wednesday afternoon. Now they only have to endure 2 1/2 days of practice. But it's going to seem like an eternity before Saturday at 8:30 arrives.
Ray's been quiet? He had 25 points in Game 1...what am i missing?
It was a quiet 25? No, I should rephrase that he had a quiet Game 2. Felt like he really struggled with his shot. Hey, that happens. I'd be surprised if it continues. He's been rock solid this postseason, quietly producing big efforts at every turn. When that shot is on, it's on this postseason.
Chris, you have to commend the way Glen Davis is planting his feet and setting up offensive fouls for the Magic.
He's slowly becoming phenomenal at stepping into the path of a charging defender and absorbing the hit that comes after that player lobs a floater at the rim. It's like they expect him to contest, but he just waits for the contact and hits the ground hard. Baby was second on the team behind Pierce in charges this season, but it's such an undervalued part of his game.
There's no NBA player that I can't stand more than Vince Carter.Toronto is behind the Celtics in this series.Any chance the rest of the country has similar feelings?Everyone would love an LA - Boston rematch!
Let's put it this way, there's no ESPNOrlando.com yet, so for the welfare of my employer, we're certainly not opposed. But I think the NBA has got to be thrilled with the potential matchup. At the end of the day, you just want to the two best teams in the league on the biggest stage. Can anyone argue that the two best teams in the league right now aren't the Celtics and Lakers?
Amway seemed pretty dead from the begining of each of the two Orlando home games. I also, heard that game 3 of the Cleveland series there were quite a bit of late arrivals to the garden. How important is it to get the fans involved and loud for game 3 to keep this momentum and help put a strangle-hold on this series?
The Heat fans were embarrassingly absent for much of that series. Cleveland fans were better (and the loudest of the playoffs at times), but turned on LeBron way too easily. It was embarrassing to hear them screaming, "Just leave LeBron." Really? Do you hear yourselves, Cavs fans? Orlando's arena played "Who Let the Dogs Out" ... enough said. Celtics fans absolutely can make themselves a part of this series by bringing the energy and support in Game 3.
Let's go lightning round for last five minutes...
Hey Chris, does Rasheed's play of let give him a free pass on a somewhat lackluster season?
Somewhat lackluster? That's being generous. His 2010 will be remember more fondly if he makes himself a factor on a somewhat regular basis moving forward.
Who do you put in first: Shelden Williams or Scalabrine if Davis, Perkins, and Wallace are all in either foul trouble or fouled out?
Shelden if he's healthy. But even then it's only emergency situations.
Why didn't Howard get tossed from GM 1 for picking up 2 tech's? There was a double tech with Sheed and the delay of gm call after his travel when he walked away with the ball.
Delay of game, I believe, is a team technical, not assessed to individual player.
Chris, you ever see them handing out those "clappers" at the Garden? Honestly, I can use my own hands thank you very much!
I did see Thundersticks once. Let's hope never again.
Friend of mine and I are having a debate about who is the most important piece to C's success. I feel that Rondo is the most important player on the Celtics right now my friend say its Ray Allen, please settle this debate for us?
Gotta be Rondo. The QB is just too important. C's can weather an off-shooting night from Ray (see Game 2). They can't weather a night in which Rondo struggles because of all the things he provides.
With all the possible destinations for Lebron swirling around, why isn't Boston ever mentioned? With Ray, Scal, TA, Daniels, and Williams being expiring contracts they have 25 million in salary coming off the books. Big city that can win now (KG
Not that easy. C's are already up against the cap and no signs of relief, even if Pierce restructures. Expectations should be low this offseason.
Should the Celtics resign Ray Allen?
If you're winning, why break up the band?
And with that, I'm off. Time to go type up some practice notes. Keep an eye on the C's blog for news and notes throughout the day. Thanks for dropping by. Let's hope we're doing some more of these (and maybe from the Left Coast).