(Do not talk about the possibility that tonight was the final night of the Big Three Era, Jay.)
(Don’t do it.)
(Please don’t ruin a game winning shot, you F*$&ing asshole.)
Okay, fine. But that wouldn’t have been the worst way to end it, with Paul Pierce patiently finding Kevin Garnett for a game-winning jumper.
It’s supremely late, I just spent two and a half hours listening to Donny Marshall and I really don’t know how to describe Klay Thompson scoring 26 points in an NBA game, so I’m going to bullet point a few thangs:
— You know that last pickup game of the day, when nobody wants to play anymore, zero defense is evident and everyone is stuck in park because, hell, these games have been going on for three hours and none of these fat bastards are in shape to begin with? Nate Robinson was born for games like those. Which is why he played better tonight than he ever did while wearing green. There’s always that one dude in the final pickup game who dominates just because he sprints up and down the court when nobody else wants to.
– Here’s an email I received from a buddy about Greg Stiemsma the other night: “This game and the remainder of the season for the Cs: ‘Reasons why Greg Stiemsma should have been playing more earlier in the season.’ To get more acclimated to the game. We knew we’d need him; it was just a matter of time.”
Stiemer looked plenty acclimated tonight. But a quick warning: It’s a lot easier to compete against David Lee and co. than it is to compete against anything that resembles a defense. Stiemer looks like he put on a little weight since the beginning of the season, but he needs more physicality if he wants to succeed on a more consistent basis.
And yes, Doc should have played Stiemer more often earlier in the season. With Jermaine O’Neal the only other true center on the roster, there was always a 175 percent chance Stiemer would join the rotation at some point.
– Rondo’s around-the-back pass to Ray gave an angel its wings.
– But my favorite moment of the game? When Robinson passed to an open teammate (I think it was Klay Thompson) for three, then turned to the crowd to celebrate before Thompson even shot. Of course, the shot clanged off the rim and Robinson looked like a jackass. But it was fun.
– Mickael Pietrus made more threes in the first half than he had the rest of March. That’s awesome, except for what it means about the rest of his March.
– Kevin Garnett was brilliant in the fourth. In every way. Everything he did worked, even when he forewent a wide open dunk to wait for David Lee to recover, then fell backwards while hitting a wild and-one.
– The absurd road trip has started 2-1. It should probably be 3-0. I’m very excited about this.
– I’ll leave you with a prediction: I don’t think the Celtics will make a big move prior to the deadline. Then again, I went into the 2011 deadline predicting the Celtics would add Anthony Parker to solidify a roster that looked like the title favorite. Then Danny Ainge trade Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green.
Damn it, why’d I bring that up? Paul and James are now going to fight to the death in the comment section.