Once in a while, someone else’s article catches my eye. Sometimes, it’s because the article is so spot-on I wish I’d written it myself. Other times, it’s because the article enlightens me with something I never knew. Still other times, it’s because I disagree with whatever’s written. No matter what the reason, I dish it off to another writer to make his/her point. You know, throwing some dimes.
1. Celtics Hub’s Zach Lowe gives some examples of positive things the Celtics did over the weekend. He discusses:
- Good ball movement.
- Solid execution.
- Aging, less athletic players. Doh.
It’s always worth a look when Lowe breaks down some plays, so check it out.
2. Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports says Boston should sit Paul Pierce until he feels better.
So sit the guy for, let’s say, seven or 10 games. I understand that Boston is prone to losing to just about anyone — this league is that good in 2010 — and that even Toronto (at 31-24, 4.5 games back) has the potential to take over the top spot in the Atlantic if Pierce sits for a spell. This is the part where I remind you that the top spot in the Atlantic Division in the second week of March is not the goal.
The goal is a championship. And if it means losing home-court advantage to the Hawks in the second round, so be it. The Hawks are going to give Boston trouble no matter what, as the home/road difference that was so obvious in 2008 (when Boston destroyed the Hawks at home four times and lost three close ones in Atlanta) is long gone. So you might as well take to what feels like an inevitable series with Pierce at full strength. If I’m a Celtics fan, I’d rather play four games in Georgia with a healthy Pierce than three in Atlanta with whatever it was we saw Sunday afternoon.
Amen, Kelly. Amen. Can someone please send this piece along to Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers?
3. Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe has a piece about how the Celtics are willing to welcome Nate Robinson. Ray Allen has the perfect mindset:
“It’s going to take all of us,” Ray Allen said. “We’ve got to make sure that we welcome him. We’ve got to make sure that he’s comfortable whether it’s on court or off the court. He’s who we need. He’s what we’ve got in this locker room. There’s nobody else coming and we want to go deep in the playoffs. So the better he plays the better we are as a team.”
4. The situation Allen Iverson is in should remind us all one thing: Basketball is not the most important thing in the world.
5. Dwyer again: Does Lebron James take too many jumpshots?