Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers asked for just 1 volunteer during halftime to step up and score the basketball in the 2nd half of game 2. I’m sure he didn’t think Ray Allen would be the man after scoring just 2 points in the first half. However, Ray Ray was the man in the second half scoring 28 points and hitting the game winning jumpshot with just 2 seconds left on the clock.
Welcome to the series Ray… He Still Got Game!
Before this series began a week ago, everyone gave the coaching advantage to the Lakers. Phil Jackson has won 9 out of 10 championship series and Glen “Doc” Rivers had yet to advance a team beyond the first round prior to this year. Now that four games have been played it is clear who is the better coach in this matchup… Doc Rivers.
Doc has been brilliant with his substitutions and rotations. He has also overcome injuries to 3 of his starting 5 players (Pierce, Jenkins, Rondo) and has shown unshakeable confidence in his bench. The Celtics have responded to just about every move Doc has made.
Game 4 will be the defining moment of the 2008 NBA Championship. The Lakers were running the Celtics out of the gym for two-and-a-half quarters and were easily headed for victory. In fact, ABC commentator Jeff Van Gundy (Mr. Comic Relief) opened his pie hole during the 1st quarter and proclaimed the Lakers would win the game. The Celtics fought back by allowing just 33 second half points (58 pts. in 1st half) and finished off the hometeam 97 – 91 to take a commanding 3 – 1 series lead.
I have always like Kevin Garnett… always!!! Tomorrow he needs to win period. Not the Celtics, but Garnett. The Celtics have already won more titles and big games than any other NBA franchise. This is about KG… no more excuses. Doc Rivers needs to get him 30 shots tomorrow and forget about trying to get Ray Allen going. Allen needs to find offense in transition, but the ball needs to touch KG hands much more than it has. When Doc gets KG the ball he needs to shoot it.
If Boston cannot win this game look for Doc Rivers and Ray Allen to be somewhere else next year. If Ray isn’t making shots he has no value. Paul Pierce is playing very sound defense on LeBron, but he needs to find his offense as well.
LeBron James may just drop 40 points and close the Celtics out… it almost appears that the stage is set for a Big Performance from the best player in this series. I have to admit, it’s hard watching him at times due to his terrible shooting. He Must improve that jumpshoot if he is going to take this team (or his future NY Knicks team) to a championship victory. Let’s see if King James can go to Boston and put a stake in the fans heart.
The NBA season is only 25% complete with many ups and downs left for teams to endure. However, the Boston Celtics have exhibited evey sign of being a legit title contender. After today’s victory against the Toronto Raptors, the Celtics’ winning streak has reached nine games. Boston is now 20-2, which is the best record in the league. It will be interesting to see how many total wins they finish with because the Eastern Conference has a lot of bad teams. In fact, the Celtics are 1 of only 5 teams (15 total) in the Eastern Conference with a winning record.
The 3 Kings of Boston aka Paul “The Truth” Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin “Big Ticket” Garnett have delivered ridiculous early returns. The trio of royalty is averaging 59.1 ppg and are a nightmare matchup for any team. Other coaches are stymied coming up with the appropriate game plan to attack and defense this team.
If you speak with any of the 3 Kings they’d tell you that collectively they’ve all made the impact to turn this Charter NBA team around. If you ask me, it’s because of KG… not only is he so damn good, but he plays out of his mind every minute he’s on the court. That effort and enthusiasm rubs off on everyone in the organization.
Doc Rivers can start drafting his Coach of the Year acceptance speach now because that award is in the bag. Team President Danny Ainge should also be a lock to snag the award for Executive of the Year.