How does the line go again, ‘once a Celtic, always a Celtic?’ It’s only been eight days but the 2014 NBA playoffs have been quite interesting to say the least. Being that it is the first year since 2007 that the Celtics are not in the postseason, it begs the question; whom are C's fans rooting for this time around?
Clearly we as Boston fans never forget certain players; especially anyone who was a part of the last eight seasons here in green.
It’s fair to say that it’s easy to root for an ex-Celtic in this year’s run to the title and any team outside of Miami is an acceptable winner a month and half from now. While Celtics Nation plays the waiting game between today and May 20 (when the ping-pong balls hopefully bounce in our favor), there are few Beantown connections still making a push to that Larry O’Brien trophy.
Those who watched the Nets take a 2-1 lead Friday night, saw glimpses of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce pumping up the home crowd. The first three games have been exciting to watch, and even more because we want to see these two future hall-of-famers go for it all one more time.
‘Big Al’ Jefferson had an awesome first season in Charlotte and is now trying to grab a win over the champs after going down 0-3 and playing with plantar fascia in his left foot (hang on buddy). Speaking of south beach, and the Heat’s luck luster performances so far, how’s Walter Ray doing?
Ah yes…In 60 minutes so far; #34 has scored a whopping 10 points while shooting 4-of-14 (28%) from the field…moving on… Those Grizzles are looking pretty impressive, huh? Courtney Lee has been shooting great and averaging double figures. Tony Allen is well, still T.A, the same lock down wing defender the Celtics let slip through their fingers four years ago (damn, I miss that guy). When does he become a free agent again?
Kendrick Perkins and the Thunder find themselves tied 2-2 with Memphis, is there an upset-brewing folks? We shall wait and see.
Speaking of coaches, Thibs went to the one guy off his bench that could save his season two nights ago; ‘White America!’ Wait, Joakim Noah called him that (I don’t think it will catch on), we know him as Mike Dunleavy (35 points). The Bulls still trail 2-1 to the Wizards despite the win. Old friend Frank Vogel (former Celtics scout and assistant coach for those keeping score), wants to keep his job while the Pacers look to win at least one more in Atlanta to survive the first round (2-2). Celtics legend and current Rockets coach Kevin McHale can breathe again after rookie Troy Daniels hit a clutch 3-pointer in a game-three win over ‘Rip City’ (why is Portland nicknamed this by the way?). Houston is still down 2-1 in their series.
There’s also Reggie Jackson (Boston College), who led the bench in scoring for OKC during the regular season (14-points per game). He was averaging five points in the first three games of the playoffs, before going off for 32 points last night. That’s pretty good considering no one else is a part of the offense outside of Westbrook or Durant. Good luck Regg.
With all of these former Celtics to choose from still part of the postseason, who says we still don’t have plenty to cheer for? We are very much on the edge of our seats while watching these playoffs!
Did I forget Clippers’ forward/center Ryan Hollins as an honorable mention??
Sorry, I couldn’t keep a straight face either.