1. Celtics Hub’s Zach Lowe went to the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
Cuban: “Some guys in our sport are morons. You want to dump them on another team.” Cuban said teams try to conceal the fact that some of their guys are “morons” in a scheme he called “protect the moron.” He suggested that teams should “out the morons.”
Cuban returned to this theme later in discussing Gerald Green: “Oh my God,” he said. He then talked about Green’s athleticism before concluding that Green “just doesn’t understand the game of basketball.”
The crowd laughed.
I wonder what Cuban thinks of Tony Allen?
2. Celtics die-hard KWAPT had the day of his life. It included watching Rajon Rondo tear Scal apart in a game of one-on-one.
3. CelticsBlog’s Jeff Clark compares following the Celtics to marriage.
This doesn’t mean that you love each other any less. Just the opposite.
What develops is a more mature love. A more unconditional love. When you can look at someone and really know them top to bottom, knowing everything imperfect about them and still truly love them without hesitation, that’s mature love. When you’ve been through many, many tough times together, you know that you can get through the next one together and you find a deeper respect for each other because of it.
4. ESPNBoston’s Chris Forsberg had a nice quote from Kevin Garnett.
And Garnett might as well have been talking about the season as a whole when he noted, “It’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish. Obviously, we’d like to have had more energy in the first half. You look, we shot 41 percent [for the game], we really didn’t play well. But when it came down to getting stops, it was in our favor.”
Far too often, the Celtics’ have flipped the switch a minute or two too late, leaving too little time for a comeback to be completed. For once, they started a comeback and had enough time to finish the job. It doesn’t get rid of the first 42 minutes, but it sure feels better to win, especially the way Boston won: With defense.
5. Rasheed Wallace has a combined three attempted three-pointers in his last three games. That happens about as often as the Minnesota Timberwolves win the NBA championship.