Pistons over Celtics? Nuh-uh, I Don’t Think So

27 03 2008

I keep hearing from quite a few different sources that the Boston Celtics won’t beat the Detroit Pistons in the finals of the Eastern Conference…

  • “Celtics will choke they only have 3 players…”
  • “I dont think they have what it takes…”
  • “…come playoffs it is a completely different story…”
  • ” Pistons have an amazing starting five…”
  • “Pistons have been able to match it with the Celtics when they have played them during the regular season and come play time…”

Boston TopsI have no idea why it’s a “completely different story” (come playoffs) for the C’s and not for everyone else.
Time & time again, Boston have come up with the goods. Sure, they’ve lost games – but not as many as Detroit. There’s been the odd occasion this season where Detroit have been absolutely blown out of the water too (funnily enough – as I type, Boston have just beaten Phoenix… and Detroit have lost to Toronto).

You guys are pointing at the supposed depth of Detroit over Boston? Ummm… wait a second: today, in the Detroit starting line-up we have Aaron Afflalo & Antonio McDyess? Not to belittle them – both decent players – but neither worthy of song and dance.
Their key guy off the bench is Rodney Stuckey – in his first year.
Boston has Tony Allen, Sam Cassell, Eddie House, James Posey and P.J. Brown on their bench. Not to mention both Big Baby Glenn Davis & Leon Powe who have played some amazing basketball this year.
Boston’s bench is – now – better. than Detroit’s.

Starting line-ups.
Allen, Garnett, Pierce, Perkins, Rondo against Wallace, Billups, Prince, Afflalo and McDyess.
Err… Boston wins that match-up. Even when Hamilton comes back.

My fave:

“Pistons have been able to match it with the Celtics when they have played them during the regular season..”

Ummm… yahup.Going back over those match-ups: March 5th, Boston wins 90-78. January 5th, Boston wins 92-85. December 19th Detroit wins 87-85. A two point win back in December, that’s what it comes down to? Hell, even should Detroit be able to make up the 5 game advantage that Boston currently hold over them, the Celtics hold the tie-breaker (2 games to 1). And both Boston’s wins were a) more recent & b) greater margins… if we’re going to consider their regular season match-ups at all.

And it all comes down to one man. Kevin Garnett. These are not the Boston Celtics of the last few years. These C’s are more akin to those your father watched.

Endnote: I hate that Rob (brumbygg9) will come back from holidays and read this, smiling all the while. But the simple truth is, he & I could suit up with Garnett, Allen & Pierce, and still have a shot of beating the Pistons. That’s if they could ever get me in green!

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27 03 2008
sportsalicious.com

Pistons over Celtics? Nuh-uh, I Don’t Think So

I keep hearing from quite a few different sources that the Boston Celtics won’t beat the Detroit Pistons in the finals of the Eastern Conference…

* “Celtics will choke they only have 3 players…”
* “I dont think they have what it ta…

27 03 2008
fouledout

crazy endnote man. i’m sure brumbygg9 will love your article.

27 03 2008
brumbygg9

so i’d be playing C and you’d be PG?

Thanks for showing my boys some love… needless to say e with every word….

27 03 2008
withmalice

I guess so, I mean, even tho’ we’re of a similar height, you do have that oh-so-wide-behind that you can use to keep people out, a la Charles Barkley… only much, much, much shorter.

28 03 2008
droppinknowledge

Um, excuse me? James Posey? you mention every player on the Boston pine and only mention Rodney Stuckey for the Pistons? Whoo, you really do live far away. Jason Maxiel eats babies, you forgot him, along with 3 point threat Jarvis Hayes, flies on poo lindsey hunter’s defense, and Some more veterans in Theo Ratliff and Juan Dixon. Truly, a guy like POWE does not deserve more credit than these guys. Come on, POWE???

It’s funny how everyone all of a sudden LOVES the Boston Celtics. They have no credibility, and none of those big 3 guys has a championship. They are all former losers who have come together to form a short run, 2 years at the most, to try and win a championship, before their skills rapidly diminish. Detroit knows how to win in the playoffs. IF and I do mean IF Boston gets to the East Finals to meet Detroit, experience and know how, along with hunger, beat talent and egos all day.

28 03 2008
withmalice

Hey, I’m all for a well-thought out, reasoned rebuttal.
That was not one.

Do you know how big a one-eyed Detroit fan you come across as?
Blah-effin’-blah: “Jason Maxiel eats babies”. Wow… are you as big a tool as you seem, or is it a put on?

I hope you’re here come playoffs.

28 03 2008
brumbygg9

Donny Malice – it’s more that I have “big man mentality” whereas you have always had “little man mentality”. Quite understandable really……

Droppin – no one is giving Leon Powe more credit than anyone on the Pistons bench, merely pointing out that he has played some strong minutes this year which has allowed KG to sit for extended periods of time.

28 03 2008
withmalice

Whatever Rob… you know it’s really because of your big ol’ ass.

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