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Old 03-23-2011, 02:10 PM   #106 (permalink)
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I think the Celtics are worried about the Bulls, and here's why, in years past Doc's Mantra was that we don't need to kill ourselves during the regular season, just make the playoffs healthy. I think Doc knows the Celtics can handle the Heat with home court advantage, which they already have. I think, however, Doc is unsure about the Bulls. The way the Celtics had to fight in order to beat the Hornets and the Knicks is very uncharacteristic of the Celtics at this point in the season. I wonder if Doc believes, deep down, that the Celtics can beat the Bulls at home knowing the Bulls have only had four losses all season. I think this Celtic team is in panic mode compared to last year, and I thought maybe the Bulls emerging the way they have is the reason for this. Or maybe I am over analyzing the situation.
With the way the Bulls are playing, I will be shocked if they don't make it to the finals.
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:08 PM   #107 (permalink)
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^^I have no doubt Doc Rivers is, deep down, a little nervous about facing the Bulls. Much of that comes from Thibodeau not only leaving Boston, but being on the opposite end. That advantage should not be understated.

I don't think Garnett or Pierce are worried in the least, for whatever that's worth. It's just that Doc lost his biggest cushion as a coach who knows all the nuances of how he thinks.

BTW, I'm cool with not getting 60 wins. It's a meaningless number at the end of the day. The main thing is grabbing that #1 seed. Could be the difference of making the Finals or not. If 58 wins means the #1 seed, I couldn't be happier.
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Celtics lose, Heat win.
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:19 PM   #109 (permalink)
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So awesome that the celtics are folding... Losing to memphis at home and memphis is without Gay is pretty bad.
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I have the NBA league pass and watched the game and i thought Boston played really bad and i watched the NOH and NY games were Boston came back from greater than 10 pts to win both games. And four games ago Houston beat Boston by like 30 pts I wonder if they will limp into the playoffs. They are still ahead of Miami but i wonder if Miami will end up 2nd in the east and boston 3rd. Right now i could easily see this based on how boston is playing right now.

The bulls play Mem on friday and then at Mil on Sat. If they win both of those games i think the bulls can win the east and not have to play Miami or Boston until the Conferecnes Finals.
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I removed Orlando from the list. They're out of the picture.
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:18 AM   #112 (permalink)
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I have the NBA league pass and watched the game and i thought Boston played really bad and i watched the NOH and NY games were Boston came back from greater than 10 pts to win both games. And four games ago Houston beat Boston by like 30 pts I wonder if they will limp into the playoffs. They are still ahead of Miami but i wonder if Miami will end up 2nd in the east and boston 3rd. Right now i could easily see this based on how boston is playing right now.

The bulls play Mem on friday and then at Mil on Sat. If they win both of those games i think the bulls can win the east and not have to play Miami or Boston until the Conferecnes Finals.

Boston lost. I hope Boston still finishes ahead of Miami, Heat worry me the most.
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So awesome that the celtics are folding... Losing to memphis at home and memphis is without Gay is pretty bad.
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Let's not do the same thing tomorrow.
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Full 2 game lead on Boston! Let's keep stretching this!
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:58 PM   #115 (permalink)
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Another 'W'. Now all we need is for Boston to drop another game (Minnesota). Heat, it's alright if you lose to the Rockets as well.


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Great, great season! And it's getting better!
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The Celtics won't lose to Minnesota. Miami might lose to the Rockets. Maybe. OTWT.
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Miami loss to Cleveland means they need to win out while we go 5-4 for them to get past us. Looks like we don't need to worry about them anymore.
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Miami loss to Cleveland means they need to win out while we go 5-4 for them to get past us. Looks like we don't need to worry about them anymore.
It could happen, though unlikely. Miami has had a few long winning streaks this year. The Bulls might be taking their foot off the gas as well, though Thibs surely won't let it happen too much. Certainly can't have anymore games like we did vs Philly.
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It could happen, though unlikely. Miami has had a few long winning streaks this year. The Bulls might be taking their foot off the gas as well, though Thibs surely won't let it happen too much. Certainly can't have anymore games like we did vs Philly.
I'm sure the Bulls will keep on the gas. Thibs has done a great job of keeping everyone focused for each game. No reason to get into bad habits, especially before the playoffs.
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