Against the Boston Celtics, Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche demonstrated the absolute perfect way to absolutely not play pick-and-roll defense. It was so bad, in fact, it reminded me of masterful demonstration of effort and perseverance Albert Haynesworth displayed against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Clearly, Kevin Garnett is a lightning rod. Whether it his gesticulations and jawing after, well, anything good for the Celtics happens, or his desire to get under the opponent’s skin, KG is obviously no longer the gentle giant he was portrayed to be while in Minnesota. Furthermore, he seems to embrace this new “bad guy” persona, and he never misses a chance to try and get under the skin of whichever opponent he’s around.
Just ask Andrew Bogut and Charlie Villanueva for the most current confirmation. Garnett dunked in Bogut’s general vicinity and decided to pop his elbow out, and into Bogut’s chest after he landed. Bogut was none-to-pleased and let KG know about it:
How does a guy who only scored four points (on 2-9 shooting, no less), dominate an NBA basketball game, when scoring points is always at a premium? By facilitating the rest of your team and enhancing their scoring chances. Oh, and making Shaquille O’Neal look like a reasonable facsimile of his former, dunk-on-everybody self? That helps too. Rondo’s game is sublime, but incredibly deadly. If you’re expecting him to drop 35 in eye-popping, Kevin Durant fashion, you’ll probably be disappointed.
But if you want to watch a player make everybody on his team better, Rajon Rondo is clearly the man for you. When you can put what essentially amounts to 34 points on the board without taking one shot, you’re a dominant player.
Instead of harping on a Miami team comprised of new pieces that haven’t played together because of preseason injuries, I’d rather enjoy the play of a point guard who doesn’t have to score to beat opponents.
What a great way to start the weekend: What we have is Boston Celtics guard Nate Robinson dunking on one Shaquille O’Neal, the target for most, if not all of Robinson’s shenanigans. It should be fun watching these two go at it all season.
Shaq is currently being outdone. I don’t expect that to last much longer.
Evidently, the Los Angeles Lakers believe in things like luck and superstition. What else would explain them inviting Christina Aguilera back to re-perform the National Anthem for Game 7? Granted, her Game 6 performance was awesome but still. It’s obvious the Lakers like the vibe her singing provided — or maybe she’s to blame for the Celtics playing like such garbage. Either way, the Lakers are trying to re-capture whatever bottled lightening Aguilera’s Anthem provided.
While Brown may not have evolved into the NBA player some thought, and while he hasn’t contributed much to the Lakers against the Celtics (6 points, 2 points, 4 points, 5 points, 0 points and 4 points in six Finals games so far), the man can jump. High. Really, really high. And while he may not have contributed anything more than two baskets (two rebounds and assists as well), it’s doubtful you’ll see a prettier four points scored, maybe ever.
Oh, and Game 7, ya’ll. It’s hard to get much better than that, at least, sports-wise.
Unfortunately, the rest of the nation — save about 140 people in Nevada — don’t share the same confidence in Team Kobe (and Pau). Obviously, the latest SportsNation poll features a combination of overreaction to one game, while doing a good job of showing where the homer state are, Massachusetts and California not included. Oddly enough, the aforementioned Massachusetts had a 90-10 percentage split of who voted for the Celtics over the Lakers.
Meanwhile, the California split was only 69-31 for the Lakers, suggesting the laid-back West Coasters aren’t as confident or relaxed about the Lakers’ chances like they were after Game 1.
On the opposite side of the country, it’s fairly obvious Massachusetts residents were moved and motivated by Paul Pierce’s announcement of his upcoming travel plans.
He doesn’t think so. At least, that’s what the sideline microphones picked up after Pau Gasol hammered Kendrick Perkins in an effort to extend a game that was clearly slipping away from the Lakers. One wonders if Pierce will use his “my account got hacked” reason to explain away his exuberance. Oh, there’s video of the entire affair.
In order to get his wish, Pierce might want to contribute a little more than 10 points and four rebounds — unless, of course, he thinks Ray “My Stroke’s So Sweet, It Will Make You Cry” Shuttlesworth Allen is going to provide eight more long-range bombs in games three, four and five (now necessary).