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…”
I 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.
Allen, Garnett, Pierce, Perkins, Rondo against Wallace, Billups, Prince, Afflalo and McDyess.
Err… Boston wins that match-up. Even when Hamilton comes back.
“Pistons have been able to match it with the Celtics when they have played them during the regular season..”
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!