Another good start for the Celtics
I've been traveling and have been beset with computer and connectivity troubles. So, I haven't had a chance to post anything for a few days. But, I did watch the Celtics game last night and thought it was one of the best games they have played this playoff season. Of course, they have generally played well at home. Detroit is their toughest opponent yet. They have played together so long and have been through a lot. This Celtic team is just building that level of experience, which is critical. Teams like Detroit and San Antonio are always the toughest because the core has been together for years. That's one asset that this Celtic team can't pull together quickly. However, they have overcome some tough series and two Game 7s so far this year.
As I wrote previously, I am glad that Doc Rivers has stopped playing Sam Cassell. Eddie House has done well as a backup guard, and Pierce brings the ball up often when House is in the game. Nevertheless, if Rondo doesn't play well, the Celtics rarely win. He had another good game last night vs. Detroit. He doesn't need to score a lot, but he needs to total 20 points+assists+rebounds in a game to really do well. Overall, the Celtics ball movement was excellent. If they can commit to that every game, they will win it all. And, their defense has continued to be excellent.
I think that Chauncey Billups is still hurting from his hamstring injury. That's something that Rondo can exploit as well.
Garnett and Pierce are carrying the team. I like the fact that Doc keeps trying to get Ray Allen going. Ray is really struggling and missed quite a few wide open shots last night. But, he'll hit them, and he is also starting to drive to the hoop in order to get some points on the board.
I think that the Celtics showed great energy after a tough series vs. Cleveland. If they win Game 2 in Boston tomorrow, I'll feel OK. If they can also win either Game 3 or 4 in Detroit, series over.