Are the Celtics going to flip the switch in the playoffs? I don't think there is a switch they can flip that makes them better than the Bulls. The Bulls are simply better than Boston. I've said it since preseason, the Boston Celtics do not scare me. They didn't scare me then, they sure as hell don't scare me now.
They're old. They're slow. They're shallow. They don't have anyone up front anymore. Yep, maybe I'm jinxing it. Maybe the Celtics come back from the dead and beat Miami in the playoffs, but I sure as hell am not betting on it. Mark these words, barring an injury to one of Miami's big three, we just played Boston for the last time, and if by some miracle, that proves incorrect, we should celebrate, because it will make things all the easier for us.
Did Derrick Rose just lock up the MVP?
Boston, in theory an elite team with one of the best defensive PGs in the NBA, simply can't stop him. Rondo has no chance. Rose just crushes him. Some would say that they have a rivalry, but the hammer doesn't have a rivalry with the nail. I'll let you figure out who is who in that analogy.
Derrick sliced into the lane whenever he wanted, he knocked down threes in the second half to help ice the game. He moved the ball all over the court. If it weren't for a few plays he was screwed on foul calls, he could have had another 4-5 points.
This was the last marquee game of the season for the Bulls and Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard's suspension takes the heat out of their final matchup against Orlando. In that last nationally televised game, fighting for the #1 seed, Rose just took the heart out of the Celtics.
I wasn't too upset when Deng missed the all-star team, but if we revoted right now is he in?
I think so. I'm sure John Hollinger doesn't because Deng's PER is just a shade over 15. However, he does so much in the game, his defense has been incredible, he moves so well off the ball, and his PER is only down because the Bulls don't need him to rebound anymore.
His three point shooting has mad e a huge difference for this team, and Deng's health has truly been one of our fears going into the season, and he's been an iron man for us this year.
It feels especially good, because Deng's one of the NBA's really good guys, and I always felt bad for the ridicule fans gave him even when he was under performing his contract.
What do you make of Carlos Boozer?
Carlos Boozer was in a pretty big slump, and while he only shot 6/16 for 14 points, I felt his play was a bit better than his numbers. He's played well to bust out of the slump over the past few games against the weaker teams, but questions remain about how he'll play against lengthy defenders in the playoffs.
Joakim Noah looks like his minutes are being monitored
I liked his play a lot more than his stat line. I thought he did a nice job defensively, rotated well, and his hustle, as always, was on high octane. I think his numbers will remain down with Boozer playing, but his impact on the game remains high.
So far, Thibodeau sticking with rotations, mostly
It looks like Asik is starting to be pulled for Kurt Thomas. That's not really the rotational move we were hoping for. Thomas provides a bit more of a threat on offense, but only a tiny bit. I'd let him shoot open jumpers all day long if I were defending him though, he might go off on you, but he's more likely to shoot about 40%.
Keith Bogans spot appears secure so far.
Bulls continue their second half dominance
The Bulls have been the best second half team in the NBA, and that trend continued today. Coming out of the half, it was anybody's game. In fact, the Celtics even managed to grab a lead in the second half at one point.
Then the Bulls put the clamps down on defense, and it was over.
Even the refs couldn't help the Celtics, but they sure tried
it wasn't the worst called game ever, but the Celtics really got plenty of benefit of the doubt while the Bulls really didn't. Still, it simply didn't matter, because the Celtics had nothing.
I know someone will say don't write off the Celtics. Too bad, I'm writing them off. They're done. No contest. I hope they somehow luck their way into the ECF so we can crush the hell out of them.