I was out of town until about 4:15 this afternoon. Before I left I set the DVR to record the Celtics game and I was home in time for the kick off of the Pats/Colts game. No big deal right? To the untrained eye. Apparently the DirecTV DVR only recorded for two hours and thirty minutes. That means I was out of luck with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter. That means I missed TJ Ford's heroics, all of overtime and Ray Allen's game winner. And the crazy thing is everyone missed Allen's dagger. A friend of mine called to say the Comcast broadcast ended well before the finale. What the hell is that about? If this had been an NFL game, even a relatively crappy one, people would be up in arms. In the short term this is just a hiccup. In the long term I need to figure out this DVR thing and quick. Some points on the game:
- What a difference a year makes. How much more legit is the Atlantic Conference in comparison to last year? I'm loving it. Only the 76ers should be downright bad and they just defeated the Bulls in Chicago. Of course the Knicks are a wild card.
- I enjoyed what I saw of the game. But they won't be showing this one on ESPN Classic anytime soon, even with the excitement at the end. The game was ugly. Real ugly.
- You can talk about James Posey's contributions on both ends of the court. However, I'm more impressed by his attitude. He's going to bring an edge to this squad.
- Paul Pierce can have a mediocre game and the Celtics can still win it. That's huge. Absolutely huge.
- Down the road the point guard position is going to cost the Cs. And this is coming from a guy who loves Rajon Rondo and Eddie House. But Rondo will get into foul trouble and Houses is a scorer. I cringe thinking about what Chauncey Billups, Steve Nash, etc. will do.
- There was no doubt in my mind that Tommy Heinsohn was going to reference the old days when TJ Ford walked around with a sly grin on his face after Rondo cracked his head on the court following a foul. But here's the thing. Given Ford's injury history can you really take any kind of run at him? If he got hurt again that would lead to a massive suspension right?
- There were plenty of things not to like in this one. But a win on the road is a win on the road.
- My thoughts and prayers go out to Doc Rivers and his family.