I read a tweet last night from CSNNE’s Rich Levine. It read: “Since Jan. 10, the Celtics have beaten only two teams with a winning record. Kobe-less Lakers and the everyone-less Blazers (x2).”
I’m not sure if he meant “with winning records at the time,” because both Miami and Charlotte are now one game over .500. Whoop-dee-do. Either way, the Celtics haven’t beaten anyone of note in quite some time.
So why in the world is Rasheed Wallace contending that the Celtics play their best against the league’s top teams? (Boston Globe)
“I think we step up more in big games. But teams where they’re struggling, or they’re not making the playoffs, sometimes we have the tendency to disrespect them a little bit. But we can’t do that too much because they’re in the NBA and they’re some of the elite athletes in the world.
“This team has been there, no matter where we’re coming from — Mike [Finley] from San Antonio, me from Detroit. The guys here have won it already. Once the big-boy shots come we’ll be ready.’’
Boston has smoked Charlotte three teams this season; I guess Rasheed considers THOSE to be the big games. I mean, as I said, the Bobcats ARE a whopping one game over .500. Hell, they might even make the playoffs!
If he doesn’t mean the Bobcats games, maybe he means scrimmages during practice. Those scrimmages might have sprints resting on them! God knows Rasheed doesn’t want to run any suicides, so those are pretty big games, too.
He didn’t mean scrimmages? Ah, I’ve got it, then! He means card games on the team plane. I hear the players always take the coaches for some serious money. Those card games are when the Celtics really step it up.
Not the card games? Then it must be video games! I hear the Celtics are masters of Xbox Live. No 12-year old can mess with Rasheed in Call of Duty, I’ll tell you that much.
No, not Xbox either? It must be online chess. I hear the Celtics are great at that, and Rasheed is almost at Grand Master status. Hollywood is thinking about remaking “Searching for Bobby Fischer” with Sheed as the main character. He’s always up for a big chess match.
Sheed’s not talking about chess? Wait, you mean he’s honestly talking about basketball games? NBA ones, at that?
Somebody pinch Rasheed, for me. It’s about time he wakes up.