I went to see the Celtics vs. Pistons game last night, courtesy of Nikki, who got me the tickets for my birthday. The C's looked a lot better than I had expected, especially against a talented team like the Pistons (the best starting five in the East), and managed to stay with them for the entire game. It looked like the Celtics had the game in the bag when Mark Blount hit a jumper to gain an 81-80 lead with 0.8 seconds on the clock. Unfortunately, 0.8 seconds was just enough time for the Pistons to inbound the ball to Rip Hamilton, who scored at the buzzer to clinch the game for the Pistons. That clear face mask he wears must give him superhuman powers or something. Does anyone else find it strange that he's been wearing it for months after his broken nose healed?
Anyways, here's my take on the Celtics this year. They'll make the playoffs, and might even make it past the first round, provided that they don't trade Pierce. Trading Pierce would ruin them for the season, and I'm worried, because it would be so like Ainge to trade him away for a couple of youngsters with potential. We don't want potential, Danny, we want wins! I know some people think Pierce has an attitude problem and should be traded, but the fact of the matter is that he's the best player on the team, and it's unlikely that a trade would bring in a player of equal caliber. If they could get LeBron or A.I. for him, yeah, trade him, but that's not going to happen. Aside from Pierce, Ricky Davis looked good, and Blount played like he had a pulse, which was nice, but the youngsters didn't fare too well at point guard- too bad the C's didn't keep Chauncey Billups. They also don't have an outside scoring threat anymore, with Antoine and Walter McCarty gone. And I don't know where the Celtics found this guy, but he's terrible.