If you’re like me, Baron Davis’ jumper last night made your heart sink. It made your lungs inhale sharply with pain. It made you contemplate taking Baron Davis’ beard right off his face and strangling him with it.
So I’m probably not the one to put that loss into perspective for you. But here’s Kevin Arnovitz, a contributor to TrueHoop, to show you that things are going to be okay, even if Baron Davis ruined last night for you:
So far as the Celtics go, chalk up last night’s loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles as an outlier. Make a mental note that the vicious strong-side pressure defense that works brilliantly on 95 percent of possessions might need to be tabled in tight late-game situations — something the Celtics don’t encounter all that often. Offensively, understand your strengths and exploit them. Your offense works most efficiently with rotating pick-and-rolls that confound defenses and run big men ragged. Yes, there will be mismatches at times that invite exploitation, but understand that whatever you gain by working against inferior post defenders in isolation might be offset by upsetting your offensive rhythm. The truth, though, is that the no team in the NBA can touch the Celtics’ offensive-defensive differential. The Celtics are simply killing opponents on a nightly basis. To make wholesale adjustments after fluke losses would be the equivalent of sending Rajon Rondo to the line for technical free throws because he’s drained his last three from the stripe. Play the odds, C’s, they’re in your favor.
And if that doesn’t make you feel better about the loss, I don’t know what will.