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You Can’t Choke with Reggie

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Nastiness and killer instinct. Say what you want about coaching, playoff experience, Lebron. The reasons the Celtics are where they are right now, losers of five (going on six) straight road games, all but two of the defeats close, are as simple as nastiness and killer instinct. The Celtics lack both. And there’s only one player in the history of the NBA who could solve both problems. His name is Reggie Miller.

You see, I remember Michael Jordan winning his last championship. I remember him pushing Byron Russell to the floor and rising up. I remember the ball falling through the net. I remember John Stockton missing the three at the other end. I remember Bob Costas saying, “If that’s the last image of Michael Jordan, how magnificent is it?” And I remember thinking, if that’s the last image of Michael Jordan, who was my hero now?

And I remember then thinking about Reggie Miller. I remember that I thought of Game 4 of the Easter Conference Finals. I thought of Reggie pushing off Jordan, catching the inbounds, and spinning to the basket. I thought of the shot slapping the back of the net and Reggie jumping in circles. I practiced that shot for hours on end. Then I realized who my new hero was. Continue reading

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Time for Celtics to Grow Up

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During the regular season, the Boston Celtics went 31-10 on the road, the best away record in the league.  During the postseason, the Celtics are 0-4 on the road.  Perhaps the losing wasn’t as troubling in the first round, when none of the Celtics’ away games were lost by double digits.  But then the team lost by 24 points to Cleveland in Game 3.  To put that in perspective, the Celtics lost by more than ten points in just two games during the regular season.  Obviously, the Celtics need some mental toughness and they need it fast.

But, wait, this is 2008.  Professional athletes aren’t pushed, they are pampered.  So instead of getting chewed out and shamed, the Celtics are getting comforted.  Dan Shaughnessy wrote in today’s Boston Globe that Celtics management is going to every extreme to make the next away game feel like a home game for the losers of four straight road games.  The link to the article is http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/articles/2008/05/12/home_cooking_up/ Continue reading

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