Thursday, April 3, 2008

Sixty..and loving it!

So the Celts got win number 60 last night, in an Iron Sheik-esque humbling of the Pacers. Garnett had 20 and 11, Allen had 15 points(in 37 minutes, which worries me a little) and Leon Powe did his Leon Powe thing with 14 and nine in only 23 minutes of play. A few observations:

  • Reaching the 60 win mark is huge, especially for a team that won only 24 games last year. They're certain to break the "largest turnaround ever" mark soon (Saturday against the Cats of Bob?) and yet chances are that Kevin Garnett won't win the MVP, Doc Rivers won't win Coach of the Yearand Pierce won't make First Team All-NBA. I'm not saying that all three of these things should happen, but for a team that's winning forty games more than last year? One of them, at least.
  • Watching the Pacers stink up the joint made me feel infinitely...sad, like beating your dad at one-on-one for the first time. We forget that very recently the Pacers were a bona fide title contender, as now Flip Murray is their starting point guard (taking over for Travis Diener no less). Jim O'Brien looked like the personification of the Ben Folds Song "Fred Jones Part 2," as "no one is left here that knows his first name/ and life barrels on like a runaway train." As for Larry Bird, I choose to believe he heroically passed away 15 years ago fighting grizzly bears in the hinterlands of French Lick. The worst thing is that the Pacers are a LONG way from even being relevant again, especially as long as human paperweight Jermaine O'Neal remains on their payroll. He's like the Darrell Hammond of basketball - everyone has been talking about his talent forever and he showed flashes of it in the 90's, but now he's just kinda there, taking up (cap) space and reminiscing to a time when he was relevant.
  • Leon Powe is averaging 25.6 points and 13.7 rebounds per 48 minutes. He's also the eighth-ranked PF in the entire league according to John Hollinger's PER rankings. Point is: the dude makes the most of his minutes, and leaves me with no concern about our frontcourt depth come playoff time. He's also on the books for VERY short money (nearly 800k) through next year, so I hope the team locks him up to something more long-term.
  • Here's the C's schedule to close out the season: @Bobcats, @Milwaukee, @Washington, Milwaukee, @Atlanta, @Knicks, New Jersey. Only one of those teams has a winning record (and that team, Washington, is only one game above .500) and the combined winning percentage of the C's remaining opponents is a horrid .401. Keep this in mind when Doc says he'll continue to give the starters heavy minutes.


Hazel Maes Landing Strip said...

I figured "Brick" was about Jermaine O'Neal

"He's a brick and they're drowning slowly"

A Pimp Named DaveR said...

Charlotte will always be the Cats of Bob for me from now on.... Much like the Hornets will always be NOOCH!.