I don't know if any of you noticed this. But the Boston Celtics have now lost 2 games in a row. TWO!!!! If this were any usual NBA year I'd say it's time to wipe it up, sell off our expirings and get some value for next year. But fortunately, at the moment, the East is pretty bad. So I think Boston has a pretty good shot to sneak into the playoffs. So long as they can get this losing streak turned around. Fortunately we have a good 10 to 14 game cushion to get into the playoffs right now. So I think, since some sub .500 team is going to make it to the playoffs, Boston at least has a punchers chance to make some noise. And if they make some of the moves I'm suggesting I think we'll be able to contend for a title.
Obviously some things will need to change. BBD needs to go for draft picks or for a solid 3. And he needs to go because he's dragging the ship down, but we need a mid level first rounder for him because he's a good candidate for 6th man of the year. And my logic is in no way contradictory and any suggestion to the contrary will be met with flaming, over-reaction and the closest thing to a personal attack I can get away with without being banned.
Second thing. We need a PG that can hit a mid range jumper, a 3, set dishes like Stockton, Dream Shake a defender out of his shoes, defend the primary ball handler on the other team as an upgrade to Nasty Nate. So I think we're looking at a moderate list of folks good enough to back up Rondo. Williams and CP3 are obviously on the list. And Derrick Rose would be serviceable. But getting any player other than those to replace Nate would be a further waste of the season and no amount of reason, statistics, salary cap explanations, or reality can dissuade me from this.
Shaq and JO are old, broken down, and moments from death at any possible second they play in the green and white. Never mind all those alley-oops that Shaq got at the beginning of the season. And forget that JO is going to be the 3rd string center once Perkinstein's monster is back. They both have to go. And really, Perk does too. This is like literally 3 seasons where he's had some kind of injury where he missed more than a game. We need to ship him off for a proven comodity, like Dwight Howard. That guy would look awesome in green. And even though he has an unrefined post game that I would come to complain about night in and night out, he's a big name center with lots of promise so I'm going to throw his name out there because it obviously makes sense.
All of the above was a grossly exaggerated parody. I'm not choosing to target anyone specific so if you feel like I'm calling you out, please know that it's not my intention. I'm just trying to give folks a laugh. Because the thing is, this team, once healthy, is the best team in the NBA. And I honestly don't think it's even close. I've watched them create matchup nightmares over and over again. I've watched Ray "I'm so good I don't need a nickname" Allen shoot the life out of the opposition. Watched Rondo set personal bests in all kinds of categories while improving himself as a PG and an offensive facilitator. I've watched KG act like he's fully recovered from the knee surgery (which gives me chills at times). And I've watched Shaq and JO show flashes of the excellence that had made them all stars. And I've seen the Captain doing his thing, Mr. Reliable, The Truth, The Bad Man (as in the cries of his defender "Mommy make The Bad Man stop!"). And then I've watched the pure joy that Nate brings every game. He's not just excited for his teammates, he is elated beyond explanation and I love that he gets more pumped than I do over electric plays. I love how Quisy is coming into his place and serving a great purpose for his skills set. I love how Baby is filling in admirably at the 4 despite the fact that he doesn't have the body type to really really start at that position. And Gody has gotten his chance to have a good night and the shots have finally started falling for a young man that's obviously working very hard. And I'm happy for Von Wafer, who has had so much controversy swirl around him through his career and so much talk about him on this blog and other fan sites. He's never gonna be a starter at the 2. But he's as good a wing coming off the bench as anybody in the league, and once West gets back that means Boston is that much deeper. The power in this lineup with these players isn't something any team in the NBA can compare to, at all. Watching Boston is like watching silk in water. It's so rare and so amazing, and so effortlessly smooth on the great nights that I don't want to take it for granted.
I've rooted for that team that sucks night in and night out. I've watched the team that was almost, but not quite good enough. And I stuck with that team, lived for the ESPN highlight worthy plays or the all star recognitions. Because when the playoffs aren't a hope. Or when the playoffs will happen so the team can be first round fodder it's hard to be excited about anything championshippy or playoffy. But this team is more than just a playoff team. This team is a title team. And that is such a fun thing to witness. It's such a fun thing to be excited about. And I'm disappointed by losses. But there is no perfect season. There are going to be times when shots aren't falling and there are going to be times when the effort isn't there. There are going to be times when the other team works harder or is luckier. But I feel like a jerk when I complain about it, because how much would the Nets love to have Boston's problems right now. Or the Kings. Or the Knicks. Or anyone in the league that isn't Miami or San Antonio. Because right now everyone else is in our rear view. And Boston has significant injuries to starters that its coping with.
And for the record. I hope like hell that Baby has a game in this playoffs where he is just unreal with the jump shot. He won't have many/any rebounds or blocks. But he'll have probably 2 charges taken. And shoot like 60% from the floor. And all the haters will smile and cheer for him and be glad, maybe for the first time, that he was a Celtic. Because I think the guy has worked hard enough to earn it.