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Boston Celtics Fall Short in the West Coast

The team that’s been atop all others throughout the previous two months of this season is slowly fizzing away. The Boston Celtics ended their road trip with a loss at the Rose Garden and I couldn’t be any happier. Yup – I’m a Trail Blazers fan and love how Portland was able to win without Roy. It shows talent in the other starters and reserves. Greg Oden was even able to add 13 points and 11 rebounds despite his ankle injury in a recent practice. Perhaps he’ll slowly shake off the media tension that’s been burdening his shoulders.

Celtics vs. Blazers
Celtics vs. Blazers

Paul Pierce stepped up as usual with 28 points for the Celtics, but it wasn’t enough for Rip City’s finest. It hasn’t been enough for the last three of their four games. Coming into Los Angeles on Christmas, the Lakers gave the defending champs something to think about – How the f*ck will they beat them again if they were to match up in the finals? The Lakers seem much stronger this year and the Celtics are dwindling. They need another boost of energy like last year in the playoffs, but what will happen if their second boost runs out?

After losing to the Lakers they fell short to the Golden State Warriors on the following night. Even though they picked up a Win in Sacramento thereafter, the Portland game brought them back down. Overall, the west coast road blocked their franchise-record, 19 game winning streak.

Cleveland and Orlando are close behind, so if Boston wants to “make it reign” again, they need to work on their play making ability down the stretch. The way I see it is if teams like the Blazers can cover without their star player, then the Celtics are no match for Kobe, Lebron or Dwight (who’re much more polished) and their crews.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 31, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Celtics Continue to (Make it) ‘Reign’

As the Boston Celtics continue to rape other teams in Power Rankings, I question how long it will be until another team comes up. The Celtics currently hold a 14-game winning streak, totaling their wins and losses to 22-2 this season. The 1991-1992 Chicago Bulls were the last team to follow through with these stats, ending their season 67-15 and clinching the national title against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers are the only two teams that may be able to muzzle the Celtics – Though both seem to be in a competition with each other for no. 2 rather than no.1. I hope other teams can restructure their approach because I’m getting tired of seeing the same few franchises dominate. As exciting as it may be to see the Celtics and Lakers battle it out again at the end of this season, I don’t think many people will care as much as they did last year.

It’s time for the Magic, Hornets and Rockets to step it up! I would like to praise the Blazers and Suns, but Portland seems to be preoccupied with Oden’s lack of self confidence and the Suns have consumed themselves in too many roster changes for anyone to know how to play with each other.

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

Paul Pierce vs. Kobe Bryant

Paul Pierce vs. Kobe Bryant

December 16, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments