Thursday, March 5, 2009
at 11:59 AM Posted by GHABB,Y~!
Despite a tumultuous season, the Boston Celtics last night eeked out the East's last playoff berth on the final day of the season, winning a shootout over the Hawks 137-132. Star center Mark Blount led the Celtics with 27 points and 12 rebounds, and midseason addition Jiri Welsch also had 12 boards in the win over the hapless Hawks. The C's big surprise however was guard Marcus Banks, who poured in 28 points off the bench while taking many minutes from starting point guard Chucky Atkins. The Hawks were paced by 24 points from star forward Chris Crawford, but could not stop the indomitable will of the gritty C's in their quest to make the playoffs. Boston will now play top-ranked Indiana in what shall be a big test for the Green, but led by veterans Walter McCarty and Dana Barros, the 36-46 Celtics feel they have a fighting chance.
Waitasec. I thought for a second that it was 2004. My bad.
Rather, the C's clinched a playoff berth last night against the Nets with 20 games left in the season. Though, to be fair, weren't we all of course were desperately afraid that the C's would end the season on a 20-game losing streak and lose the 8th seed to the Bulls? Thankfully, the Celtics are now playoff-bound, becoming the first NBA team to officially gain entry into the playoff hole (though Cleveland also clinched a playoff spot last night) in what is a very top-heavy East. How top-heavy? The Phoenix Suns, who are three games out of a playoff spot in the West, would be the East's FOURTH seed right now. If the East was a porn star, it would be Heather Hooters for chrissakes.
Now I'm not advocating "tanking" by any means, especially as I think it's humanly impossible for a team with Kevin Garnett on their roster to tank absolutley anything. But I am saying that if the Cavs get the top seed over the Green, I'll actually be okay with it. Let LeBron bust his ass for 82 games trying to sew up the top seed. Let Ilgauskas put more stress on his feet, Delonte grow more herpes sores and Wally Z play heavy minutes while wearing a Man Fur. Meanwhile, we'll be letting KG's knee completely heal, Paul Pierce taking a few games off from being the NBA's Mike Alstott and our inexperienced bench guys get some valuable late-season burn heading into the playoffs. So enjoy the No. 1 seed Cleveland. See you in the Eastern Conference Finals.