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Boston Faithful
05-23-2010, 03:50 AM
There's no denying it. I saw it as a Celtic fan. The Celtics looked old and uninterested in the regular season. Everyone counted them out.

But with the flip of the switch, the Big Three look three-four years younger and Rondo is playing like an All-NBA first teamer. Glen Davis, Rasheed Wallace and Tony Allen have provided extremely solid bench play. They might even look better than the 2008 squad. They've run over the two best teams in the NBA, record wise, the Magic and the Cavs.

Next year, will we see other teams take it easy in the regular season and save energy for a major playoff push? We could certainly see the Celtics do it again with another year tacted on to their age.

mvb815
05-23-2010, 03:59 AM
they did not do that on purpose, no team would cruise unless they were locked in the number 1 seed. plus the robinson trade was a panic move. they just came together in the playoffs, garnett turned 100%, rondo is always better in the playoffs.

say what you will, but they did not cruise.

LkrLand
05-23-2010, 04:02 AM
There's no denying it. I saw it as a Celtic fan. The Celtics looked old and uninterested in the regular season. Everyone counted them out.

But with the flip of the switch, the Big Three look three-four years younger and Rondo is playing like an All-NBA first teamer. Glen Davis, Rasheed Wallace and Tony Allen have provided extremely solid bench play. They might even look better than the 2008 squad. They've run over the two best teams in the NBA, record wise, the Magic and the Cavs.

Next year, will we see other teams take it easy in the regular season and save energy for a major playoff push? We could certainly see the Celtics do it again with another year tacted on to their age.

As a Laker fan, I feel both teams may have done this at some point during the regular season. This doesn't mean that any team can do this though. It takes a team of accomplished players to pull it off.

DaVille
05-23-2010, 04:21 AM
Isn't that what the Nets did? Celtics weren't cruising. They had bunch of injuries. On top of that Major Chemistry problems.

francium34
05-23-2010, 05:10 AM
Actually, cases of semi-shutting down in the regular season are plenty. Shaq loved doing it. Duncan and the Spurs have also been saving energy for the playoffs.

MTar786
05-23-2010, 05:29 AM
the lakers 3peat team cruised half way through the second part of season of the second title and the whole seaon of their third title

JasonJohnHorn
05-23-2010, 05:42 AM
I dont think the Celtics "cruised". They had a couple new guys and a few injuries that put a huge dent in their win collum. Teams that seem to intentionally cruise (like LA in 2003/2004) don't usually do well. But teams that put a lot of energy into the regular season are often spent by the conference finals (the Pistons in the years leading up to this one come to mind, as do the Mavericks and Suns).

I think every team wants to win, but real contenders know that it is best to rest their superstars a little, especially if they have an injury of some sort. Playing through pain is commendable, but not at the expense of the post-season.

So true contenders know they are better off letting wounds heel, but none lose intentionally or "don't try".

J-Relo
05-23-2010, 07:51 AM
There's no denying it. I saw it as a Celtic fan. The Celtics looked old and uninterested in the regular season. Everyone counted them out.

But with the flip of the switch, the Big Three look three-four years younger and Rondo is playing like an All-NBA first teamer. Glen Davis, Rasheed Wallace and Tony Allen have provided extremely solid bench play. They might even look better than the 2008 squad. They've run over the two best teams in the NBA, record wise, the Magic and the Cavs.

Next year, will we see other teams take it easy in the regular season and save energy for a major playoff push? We could certainly see the Celtics do it again with another year tacted on to their age.

You act like they did it on purpose... :eyebrow:

RipVW
05-23-2010, 07:57 AM
There's no denying it. I saw it as a Celtic fan. The Celtics looked old and uninterested in the regular season. Everyone counted them out.

But with the flip of the switch, the Big Three look three-four years younger and Rondo is playing like an All-NBA first teamer. Glen Davis, Rasheed Wallace and Tony Allen have provided extremely solid bench play. They might even look better than the 2008 squad. They've run over the two best teams in the NBA, record wise, the Magic and the Cavs.

Next year, will we see other teams take it easy in the regular season and save energy for a major playoff push? We could certainly see the Celtics do it again with another year tacted on to their age.

I think if anything, what this says is that, as much as people love youth, experience still means a lot in basketball.

Im not sure all teams can handle this the same way.

69centers
05-23-2010, 08:36 AM
It's nothing new. The Spurs did it during a few of their title years. They looked beatable during the regular season, and then poured it on in the playoffs, even without home court in some series.

JordansBulls
05-23-2010, 09:22 AM
There's no denying it. I saw it as a Celtic fan. The Celtics looked old and uninterested in the regular season. Everyone counted them out.

But with the flip of the switch, the Big Three look three-four years younger and Rondo is playing like an All-NBA first teamer. Glen Davis, Rasheed Wallace and Tony Allen have provided extremely solid bench play. They might even look better than the 2008 squad. They've run over the two best teams in the NBA, record wise, the Magic and the Cavs.

Next year, will we see other teams take it easy in the regular season and save energy for a major playoff push? We could certainly see the Celtics do it again with another year tacted on to their age.

When you are younger you don't cruise in the season. Once you get older you may if you have had injuries and health issues in prior seasons.

LA_Raiders
05-23-2010, 10:45 AM
The Spurs does it all years.

LA will have HCA, thats going to be huge, because the 2-3-2 system sucks...

LA_Raiders
05-23-2010, 10:47 AM
Isn't that what the Nets did? Celtics weren't cruising. They had bunch of injuries. On top of that Major Chemistry problems.

lol

Tragedy
05-23-2010, 10:48 AM
Like others said, the Spurs used to do it too! It's nothing THAT new.

Teams in the East are more likely to do it than in the West.

m26555
05-23-2010, 10:50 AM
Isn't that what the Nets did? Celtics weren't cruising. They had bunch of injuries. On top of that Major Chemistry problems.
So they had "major chemistry problems" that magically resolved themselves once the playoffs rolled around?

They cruised; end of story, just as the Lakers cruised over their final 20+ games or so.

69centers
05-23-2010, 03:41 PM
You have to be a deep, experienced team capable of getting a 4 seed and coming out on top of your conference by going through 2 rounds of the playoffs on the road, or 3 if you get a 5 or 6 seed. Boston could have gotten a 5 seed and still beat Miami without HCA.

The 2-3-2 system does suck in the Finals, but all Boston has to do is win 1 in LA or PHX and then take the middle 3 so they don't have to return to LA or PHX. Even if they have to, they are fully capable of winning on the road after taking 2 in Orlando and Cleveland.

ko8e24
05-23-2010, 03:49 PM
You have to be a deep, experienced team capable of getting a 4 seed and coming out on top of your conference by going through 2 rounds of the playoffs on the road, or 3 if you get a 5 or 6 seed. Boston could have gotten a 5 seed and still beat Miami without HCA.

The 2-3-2 system does suck in the Finals, but all Boston has to do is win 1 in LA or PHX and then take the middle 3 so they don't have to return to LA or PHX. Even if they have to, they are fully capable of winning on the road after taking 2 in Orlando and Cleveland.

In the 2-3-2 format, only 2 teams have won the middle 3 home games. 2004 Pistons and 2006 Heat.

And it was also in 2004 when the Lakers last had homecourt advantage where they lost homecourt advantage (lost game 1 in LA), and then lost the title to Detroit in 5. Phil, Kobe, Fish and Walton were on that team. They are not going to let Boston take one of those first 2 games in LA. They know it's suicide if they let that happen.

DeyAce
05-23-2010, 04:02 PM
Other teams don't have the shutdown defense like the Celts.

TheWatcher34
05-23-2010, 04:08 PM
In the 2-3-2 format, only 2 teams have won the middle 3 home games. 2004 Pistons and 2006 Heat.

And it was also in 2004 when the Lakers last had homecourt advantage where they lost homecourt advantage (lost game 1 in LA), and then lost the title to Detroit in 5. Phil, Kobe, Fish and Walton were on that team. They are not going to let Boston take one of those first 2 games in LA. They know it's suicide if they let that happen.

when some mean green team shows up and takes a game or two, LA LA has got no choice!