As Game 2 of the Celtics domination of the Lakers came to a close. When Paul Pierce helped up a fallen teammate Kendrick Perkins, he also helped us to his bold prediction for the rest of the series saying ‘We ain’t coming back to L.A’.
But ‘The Truth’ is — in a 2-3-2 format, that could mean so many different things. I don’t know if Phil Jackson is chalkboard material guy since he’s so Zen Mastery, but if he is. P squared’s words should be the first bullet on the board.
The Boston Celtics and LA Lakers have met more times in the NBA finals than any other two clubs. Of the 11 times they’ve met in the finals, the C’s have won 9 of those match ups. So if it seems like those two organizations dominate the finals, it’s because they do. The Lakers have a stranglehold on the record for the most finals appearances with 30, winning 15 titles. While the Celtics are second in that category with 21 appearances, winning 17 times respectively.
However, the number that really makes these teams great is the fact that combined they’ve won 32 championships. All other 30 NBA teams combined have only won 28 titles and 7 teams have never even been to the big dance.
Key highlights from both the Boston Celtics and LA Lakers ’09-’10 season that shows the ups and downs both teams had to fight through to make it to the big dance jumping off tomorrow. As far as video mixes go, they don’t get much better than this one.
The Celtics took care of the Orlando Magic last night and its now clear who won the arms race in the east. This summer, the Cavaliers loaded up with hopes of righting wrongs signing Shaq, Antawn Jamison and Anthony Parker and the C’s beat them in the eastern semi-finals.
While the Magic picked up Brandon Bass, Jason Williams and Vince Carter to secure a trip back to the finals and the C’s stomped them out for good last night in game 5 of the eastern conference finals 84-96.
At first it didn’t seem like added Nate Robinson and Rasheed Wallace would put the Celtics back in the NBA finals, but ‘Sheed has proven his worth down the stretch in the tournament and Nate Robinson delivered big time last night with 13 key points off the bench and a ton of much-needed energy.
“It happened the last game,” Rivers said of his decision to give Robinson expanded minutes. “He gave me the confidence when he came into Game 5. Even though we played awful, you could see he had bought into our defensive system, and he was able to run a couple of sets we thought would be effective against them.”
This will mark the 21st time the Celtics played in the NBA finals and if they win it all, it would mark their 18th championship in franchise history. Boston last won the O’Brien Trophy in 2008, defeating the Lakers in six games ending a 22-year championship drought.
The NBA playoffs start April 17th and to further torture us fans, the league has released another track as a follow-up to the “Defense track” that was already remixed. What do you guys think? Are these tracks getting better or worse?
Personally I just want the playoffs to start, NBA tracks be damned.
According to a NBA players poll, new acquired McGrady of the New York Knicks was ranked as the most overrated player in the league receiving 9% of the 173 votes cast, beating Indian Pacers swingman Danny Granger by 4%.
New teammate Al Harrington of also received one vote. Shaquille O’Neal, David West and suspended Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas received 3% of the dubious distinction and 2010 All-Stars LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Dwyane Wade and Gerald Wallace all received more than one vote each.
It’s a good thing that overrated list are usually overrated. See who made the top 5 of this list sponsored by Haterade, quenching the thirst of mediocre talent since the inception of free agency.
Paul Pierce of the Celtics wins the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest with 20 points in the last round. Every shot he missed was better than the dunk competition.
Yes, I’m still kinda bitter about how that whole “contest” went down.