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Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 4:14 pm  |  98 responses

Celtics/Bulls Game 1 Recap

Rose, Noah and young Bulls enter BEAST Mode!

by Ryne Nelson

Rajon Rondo tried everything he could to deny Derrick Rose the ball on the Bulls’ final possession in regulation. He was on him like a band-aid, getting in the way of every possible passing lane. Twelve seconds remaining. Rondo knew he couldn’t allow the quicker Rose to get the ball in his hands because Rose was… what did they used to call it when they were kids? Zoning. Eleven seconds. This afternoon, fans in Boston witnessed the best performance in League history from a player in his first ever playoff game.

Rondo took his eye of Rose for a nanosecond and the Bulls’ point guard was free. Ten. Rondo’s hand jabbed to get in the way, to make up for the smallest of mistakes—a mistake that he would have been inconsequential if he was guarding anyone else, even Chris Paul. But his hand hit Rose in the face with 9.4 seconds remaining, a foul was called, and Rose was sent to the free throw line. Rose nailed the shots from the charity stripe, as he had on all his previous attempts. Nylon was what the Bulls rookie dialed up all afternoon, as he pushed the Bulls to overtime.

This 20-year-old rookie, not even two years removed from his high school graduation, proved once again why he’ll remain the best point guard in the Eastern Conference for over a decade. Young Rose is already a veteran after what he did to the Celtics in Boston this afternoon.

Rose took the Bulls on his back through the first four quarters and D’d-down Paul Pierce the majority of the overtime period, despite five fouls clinging to his name. When the final bell rang, it was dead quiet in the Boston Garden. The Red & White are not the same as they were in ’91 or ’96, but this team has a core of young players who can bring back the pride to the Windy City.

The reality had to hurt hard for the packed Boston crowd, but deep down inside there was a feeling. Something of nostalgia. A feeling of hate roiling in their blood that they knew before. As the fans in Beantown gritted their teeth and stomped with heavy feet out of the stadium and into the parking lot, something felt extremely right. Doesn’t it feel right to take the Chicago Bulls seriously again?

Oh yes it does.

Say all you want about Chicago, but the facts are plain: This young team has a chance to dethrone the reigning NBA champions. Derrick Rose is the L’s next superstar, and his teammates are getting better and better because of him. Rose is the best player in this series, and the Celtics have absolutely no answer. In a way, the ’09 Playoffs will officially mark a changing of the elite talent. The veterans of Boston will be brushed to the side (if not this series, then the next), and the young aces of the Conference—Rose, Howard, James, Wade—will say a big, collective “See ya! We’re declaring war on each other now.”

Many will not want to hear this, not yet, but Derrick Rose was not only the better point guard on the court, he’s the best point guard in the Eastern Conference. Don’t believe it? Talk to Kareem about how difficult it must’ve been to out-perform him as a 20-year-old rookie in one of the NBA’s most hostile of territories. Talk to Rajon Rondo (a deadly penetrator and defender) about how Rose completely neutralized and deactivated all of Rondo’s assets. Ask Rose why (and how!) he choose today to unveil a new part of his game—an incredibly effective mid-range shot. There’s no place within the three-point line that opponents can feel comfortable when Rose has the ball.

Even if teams give Rose room on the perimeter, it will allow him to drive and gain momentum. And once Rose is going, there’s not a single player who can stop him. I talked to Rose’s college coach at Memphis, John Calipari, about how Rose picked-up his play in the Elite 8 a year ago, a story in Issue 128. Clearly, the guy doesn’t take losing well. He doesn’t get flustered. Rose explains that his team will not lose, and he backs up his words. He says he’s going to take it to the opponent, and he demolishes him. He does it, and he never wants to hear about his performance again. It’s on to the next game. He doesn’t care how many eyes are on him. He doesn’t care how many All-Star selections his opponents have. He doesn’t care how many cameras are in his face. He cares about getting the win.

Last season, the Playoffs didn’t really birth a superstar (unless you count Rodney Stuckey). One game into the ‘09 Playoffs, and the next NBA superstar has already been born. How to do you like them apples?

Although John Salmons had a more-or-less terrible game, and the Bulls’ second-best player, Luol Deng, has been in street clothes for over a month, and although the Celtics got plenty of questionable home-court calls, and even though the Celtics still have one of the best defenses in the L, the Bulls pulled it out. Game 1 down, three more to go.

Chicago took a great step forward by getting an ever-important win on the road. The Bulls have a clear advantage on the boards with Miller, Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas doing their thing. A big part of the young Bulls’ success on the interior was their familiarity with the Celtics. Thomas knows every secret to exploiting Big Baby Davis. Thomas killed Davis all afternoon—it was more like a LSU practice for him, as he hit jumper after jumper over the shorter and slower Davis. Mikki Moore has nothing against former teammate Miller. Miller’s a banger who never backs down and is as consistent a big man shooter as they get. Noah’s athleticism makes the lumbering Kendrick Perkins seem like an Alaskan Snow Turtle.

And then there’s the Bulls’ backcourt. It’s beautiful watching Rose take Rondo off the dribble because he’s the only player in the L who’s faster than Rondo. A healthy Kirk Hinrich is a huge asset too. He beats any guard the Celtics can masquerade as a backup facilitator. Marbury practically was a ghost, getting caught by the younger Hinrich’s lock-down defense. Hinrich’s been to the big stage in college and played in the Playoffs for the Bulls. He’s the perfect player to fill-in for Rose and give him a rest. He’s overpaid, but at least he can still play (cough, cough…).

I even like the matchup of Ben Gordon on Ray Allen. Gordon’s a good four inches shorter, but as a fellow Huskie, he feels comfortable guarding Allen. Playing defense is all in the head. He thinks of Allen as a fellow alumnus, not the best shooter in the game. And, boy, Allen didn’t play like it in Game 1.

The Bulls will struggle to find answers for Paul Pierce and the obvious coaching advantage the Celtics have. Still, strategy only works perfectly on paper. And, on paper, the Celtics were supposed to win this game. Easily, might I add. Even if Game 1 is an aberration (which I sincerely doubt); even if Ray Allen decides he wants to play basketball in the first round; even if Celtics find a way to rebound the basketball, they’re not going to be able to barely advance like they did last year. They cannot endure more seven-game wars.

One thing’s for certain: The Celtics are definitely not repeating in 2009.

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  • http://fsjdklf.com Jukai

    Gosh, I don’t know why, but I was off my seat, cheering for the Bulls. I don’t know if it was because they were the underdog, or if they’re just lovable and full of energy, or because I god damn hate the Celtics… but great game!

  • vic21

    Why the f*ck they signed Marbury for?
    Why the f*ck Boston’s big men were owned by Noah & Co.?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Derrick Rose is the future of the NBA.

  • riggs

    it was a celtics loss

  • Superman Osman

    That’s what I call a recap. Typos in the begining though. ‘Band-aid’ and ‘off’.

  • Superman Osman

    Bulls in 6.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    vic 21 doesn’t know KG is out…either that, or you expect too much from Perkins and big baby…

  • whalleywhat

    36 points 10 rebounds
    What a game.

  • Max

    Great, great game to start the playoffs, and Rose was all those superlatives and more. I don’t find the Bulls all that luv-a-bull, though — dbags like Gordon, Miller, and even St. Tyrus Thomas make me cringe. And you have Vinny, the worst coach in the L.

    But that Rondo-Rose matchup is going to make this series fun to watch.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Thanks and sorry about those typos, Superman.

  • Superman Osman

    Actually Max, Gordan picked up the pace after missing a bunch. The problem in the Bulls offence is Salmons’ TOs, Brad Miller, and Tim Thomas from Mid Range. I can never argue anybody about Del Negro, even worst HEADcoach in the L seems to complimenting.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    A coach is as good as his players. And right now, Vinny seems to be alright. I don’t see anything wrong with Miller on offense. Unlimited range and a small bag of effective post moves.

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    Co Sign this article & Jukai upptop. I’m so amped and excited, everything I love about sport was in that game. Cannot wait for next season to see Rose try and take his game to the 20/10 level, and a lot of love has to go to the much maligned Tyrus T who stepped up major. The Bulls just did something which no on emanaged last year, i.e. beat the Celtics on their own turf, KG or no KG that is a massive feat.
    The game also showcased why I don’t think LA will be walking to the Finals in the power of point guards. Elite PGs like Paul & Williams will break Fisher/Farmer’s ankles and you can’t risk putting Kobe on these players. The Lakers will have to WORK to get to the finals.

    On a final note, I wouldn’t write off the Celts re not repeating just yet, they’ve still got more than enough but they gonna need to step it up

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    I don’t think the Celtics are just gonna roll over and die. The 2007 Heat, they’re not. Great win for the Bulls, but I’m not penning (or even pencilling) them into the second round quite yet. Much as I’d like to. This is just getting started.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic Fredd

    Haha I laugh at all the guys who spit on Noah … all year long … finally he shows his skills

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Reflex, I too think Rose can get 20/10, possibly as soon as next year when Gordon leaves to get rich. The strange thing about Rose is he’s as consistent a point guard as any, but he’s also flashier as well. He’s so unique.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Fredd, I was one of those guys last season. But I also *never* knocked him on his defense, leadership and intensity… Plus, he know how to win. Don’t forget, *a lot* of these Bulls were very, very successful in the NCAA Tourney.

  • Matthew

    yes, finally the celtics know what its like to lose a great player for the playoffs,lakers would’ve won last year with Bynum, and the lakers still made it to the finals, this year its cavs and lakers in finals, it was a nice 1 yr elite run for the celtics

  • Superman Osman

    co-sign Russ, and I understand what you’re saying Ryne. Miller is alright but Vinny left him out in the cold way more than he was supposed to. For 2-3 mins straight with a timeout in between, Miller didn’t take a wide open look for a 3. He prefered passing it to Kirk in the last second which resulted in a TO that Eddie House tied the game with from the left wing. Then, Brad missed a couple of easy 8 footers, he then didn’t even contest PP when he was goin down the lane. TT24 was on the bench and ready, why not pull him out earlier? Vinny is good, he just needs to listen to his dad more often

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Congratulations, Ryne.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic Fredd

    BTW Ryne, great recap ! cheers from France

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    wish i saw this game, damn!

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    RUSSSS!!!

  • jdote

    loved the recap.. but rose the best player in the series? i love him but doesn’t P squares pedigree mean anything?

  • ti-sizz

    man, even though i’ve got the celtics in 6, the way the bulls played really makes me wanna cheer for them. especially rose and thomas and noah (somehow he reminds me of varejao, is it the hair or the hustle? though he’s more skilled definitely) after this win, i’m not even sure the celtics can take it. ray allen WHERE are you!?!! i dont jump bandwagons, i stick to my team.. but this one looks like it’s up for grabs

  • Jacob

    still saying celtics win this series but im changing it to celtics in 6, derrick rose is going to keep the bulls in this series he was amazing today

  • maio

    Celtics in 5

  • Coach Master

    Nice write up. Noah killed.

  • http://fsjdklf.com Jukai

    Ti-sizz: Gotta stand up for my homeboy: Varejao is far more offensively talented than Joakim Noah.

  • http://www.thedailydott.com michaeldott

    Great recap Ryne.
    Is this a typo : How to do you like them apples?

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    to be honest. i thought this along with the cleveland series would be snoozefests. boyyy was a wrong. Mike would be proud

  • Coach Master

    Chicago is going to be crazy when the show hits town on the 23rd. C.R.A.Z.Y.

  • ti-sizz

    Jukai: yeah man, that’s what i meant when i said that he’s definitely more skilled. it’s juss that last year he didnt really do much, so i didnt anticipate what he can do. but somehow, this game didnt look like it was easy for the bulls, even with all their youth and hustle.. the celtics played so bad! i’m still banking on boston to win the series.. despite how ray allen is now ray bowen after elbowing varejao in the nuts, we need him to win. c’mon do what you do best and make those 3s

  • ti-sizz

    Jukai: waiiit a sec! i JUSS read that wrong….. WHAT? YOU SERIOUS? varejao?! seen him shoot a few mid-range jumpers that’s all….. everything else is hustle

  • ti-sizz

    not saying noah is any good on offense, since i know he has been mostly a defensive and hustle player most of his career.. but he cant be worse than varejao!

  • ab_40

    dwayne wade won’t win in the first round… wow haha boston? ray allen and paul pierce… no wonder ray didn’t want none of boston if KG didn’t come over, ah well they’ll probably still win but still this game was uhm not that entertaining… all of chicago thought they were back in college one win or go home didn’t you see noah hugging everybody? this is one game. But if rose can keep this up this is gonna be a fun series to watch.

  • vmcb

    This was crazy. I love Rondo, but Rose got anywhere he wanted, whenever he wanted. This was a great performance by the Bulls, although I’m not sure they can keep it up.

  • Fitzy

    if this series goes to game 7 kg will be back on crutches,in a wheelchair, whatever it takes, no one will keep that boy out of the NBA playoffs, it means too much to him, this is just the start, boston will win this

  • person

    Celtics suck, i say bulls in 7

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    ab_40, I’m not sure if I read that right, ‘this game was uhm not that entertaining’ … if you didn’t enjoy this game you might as well give up on the rest of the playoffs.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    tyrus thomas with some BALLSY jumpers down the stretch. i wanted to smack noah for that foul at the end of regulation, growing pains i’d guess. / let’s chill a little before caliing rose the best player in the series. paul pierce is still that dude. he can drop 40 in his sleep.

  • tealish

    Z: Agreed on the chilling. That line about Rose being the best player of the series looked strange to me also.

  • doyouwantmore

    Derrick Rose is the Tim Duncan of point guards.

  • ti-sizz

    haha.. td of shooting guards is brandon roy

  • whooo!

    i totally agree about the Tim Duncan comparison. Rose is the pg version of that dude. ice cold on the court, never changing demeanor, and killer instict that belies it all. you don’t need to scream and shout and pump your chest to show you’re putting it all on the line. just cuz someone shouts louder doesn’t mean he wants it more. i’m excited to see Rose make a jump next season after a full season and playoffs under his belt.

  • http://www.slamonline.com John D

    Did Bill Walton write this article? The fawning and exaggeration is incredible. It was one game. Chill out a little.

  • Superman Osman

    Timmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

  • wall Ball

    Shhh! to all of you D-Rose haters…You have consistently hated on ‘Da One’ from his high school days, to Memphis and now the League! You threw out names and statements like OJ is the best rookie in his class, OJ Mayo is better than D-Rose. Slam magazine even ran an OJ cover celebrating the all-ready overhyped product of the East Coast hype machine. C’mon people, you did the same thing with Lebron and D-Wade. I’m not taking away from the talents of Lebron and OJ, I’m just saying you people don’t know basketball. Even if the Bulls lose the series, which I strongly doubt with ‘Da One’ on the court, the world has to recognize the arrival of Derrick Rose. Pound for pound, the NBA or College, Chicago has the best ballers in the US. Let’s not even discuss statewide. Get your five or your 10 from any state and see how they fair against Chicago or the state of Illinois. You continue to overlook and insult our best. 36 points, 11 assists, 4 rebounds and a steal. Don’t get on the bandwagon now. Just come to Chicago and see why these ballers play with such tenacity. Bye Haters!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    jdote. I think Rose is the best player as of right now. Pierce has accomplished more, but Rose is more dangerous (and valuable) at this point.

  • wall Ball

    Rose is a winner. Its innate. You guys don’t know him just like you didn’t know D-Wade. He has that killer instinct that you can’t teach. He was born to do this. When the light comes on D-Rose elevates his game. Those rookie numbers are only a result of Rose being a team player and an attempt to satisfy some of his ego driven teammates namely(Gordon). He could’ve dominated the entire league on offense. His D definitely needs some work at this level and he has an off season to improve that element of his game. If you’re looking at stats to compare others with ‘Da One’ you’re looking in the wrong place. You should be looking at the moment, and you’ll always see D-Rose somewhere with the ball in his hands, with an opportunity to win the games that matter.

  • Trevor

    I dont know what you’re talkin about saying that Rose neutralized and deactivated all of Rondo’s assets considering he had 29 points…But im not too worried Celts still got this.

  • http://www.broy7.com/roy/index nate the great

    i watched this game, and i feel like it means nothing.
    i really feel that rose will not have a great 2nd game. and i feel the celtics will prevail. paul pierce will not let this series go, and i think or want them to release KG.
    none of this matters because the blazers will win it all.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Trevor, you’re right. Rose didn’t do much against Rondo when he was on defense. But you can’t deny Rose made a mockery of Rondo when he was on the offensive end. It’s a huge feat all things considered: his first NBA season, his first playoff game, his 60+-win opponent, his .500 team, his great defensive opponent, etc.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Nate, we’ll see if Ron Artest and Yao Ming have something to say about that in minutes…

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  • wall Ball

    Lol! The Blazers are nice. Literally, nice. Nice guys finish last. Once the Blazers develop that mean streak, they will be very hard to beat. In fact, I hope they win it all! But, hope, is not a strategy. Houston is a hand full to deal with. I wish the Natural and Company the best. Back to the Bulls vs. Celts. Pauly is my guy. I love his game and his will to win. The Celts just don’t have enough guns to go toe to toe with the newly improved much younger Bulls. With D-Rose at the helm and bigs crashing the boards and causing havoc, they’ll easily get to the second round. Bulls in 6!

  • Superman Osman

    Blazers gettin their asses handed to them in paper bags. Yao says it’s better for the environment. Props to Ryne and Wall Ball.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Bulls in 6? Really? Forget KG’s absence, Pierce was a write-off the 1st half, and Ray was nonexistent. I doubt they’ll struggle like this the rest of the series. The Bulls have made this a hell of a competitive series already, but it took Rose’s superhuman performance, Tyrus hitting those improbable jumpers late on, Ben Gordon catching fire to win, not to mention PP choking on that free throw at the end of regulation after Noah’s really dumb foul… to make this a close game. Not to knock on the Bulls’ performance though. What a game.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Royal

    Its just one game calm down

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Joel, I agree. The Bulls would be lucky to win in seven games.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Superman, you know you should never under-estimate me… except on my spelling! ;-)

  • Superman Osman

    Joel, The least you could say is the two games in United Center is gonna be a hell of a hard game to snatch. Especially knowing that the crowd is gonna rally up and be rowdy like its 1996 over there. Hometown son rises up to the occasion in his playoff debut, what would you expect?

  • Superman Osman

    My bad Ryne, haha spelling included

  • Twin Paradox

    Talk about over-reaction… Man, it’s just game one. Rose is still dope tho

  • http://www.broy7.com/roy/index nate the great

    reffs are blowing the blazer game. yao wont get called for anything.
    *tears dropping.

  • wall Ball

    Bulls in 6 and I’m giving the C’s a victory. Everyone thinks the Bulls will lose Game two in Boston except for me. Even my buddies here in the Chi, think the Bulls will get blown out. Real recognizes real and these Celts don’t look familiar. You heard it(you really read it) from me. Off to game two! P.S. We’ll see whose lucky Ryne…

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!!

    Dope game by Rose and Thomas, had Pierce hit his FT, this game would’ve just been a good effort by the Bulls. I need to see them actually not make as many mistakes, try to limit Tim Thomas from taking god awful shots, and pass to the open man more. They must’ve passed up Heinrich 5 different posessions when he was wide open. Thomas, Gordon and at times Miler were making some really dumb plays. That needs to minimize if they actually want a shot at winning this series. And man Portland is getting the business 74-53 right now. Uh-oh, Yao w/ 4 fouls!!! Comeback?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    lol sucked in Nate. It’s called good reffing.

  • Superman Osman

    Wow. Doc really sounds pissed in the press conference. “This is about the players in uniform. Kevin[Garnett] is gone. He ain’t coming back. The guys in the uniform have to play.”

    He does have a point though. I mean whenever the entire Celtics nation starts forgetting about KG and focusing on the game at stake is when the Cs will start playing some solid basketball, and by that time hopefully the Bulls have fixed their TO problems and gave the Cs the big KO.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    One hell of a way to start off the playoffs, Rose has ice veins.

  • http://www.droseroy.com/ airs

    refs are on the champs nuts. horrible calls.

  • Pardeep

    Derrick Rose has arrived and yes the game did look a little bit on the celtics side which pissed me off and as of right now The Celtics are going to be sent golfing faster than Derrick Rose blew by them today. They just can’t win without KG and they did what they needed to do winning 1 of the first two in Boston and Celtics aint winning in Chi-town twice. Get ready for that all RED or WHITE shirted crowd for Game 2.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    The only way that the Bulls can steal the series is if the Celts play like crap the remainder of the time. And chances are, they won’t. Ray Allen’s shot will go on, Pierce won’t miss a ton of freethrows.
    It will be interesting how they play in Chicago, though. Obama should attend! That would be the best stimulus package ever.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    By the way, if the “BEAST mode” was a reference to Beast Wars: the television transformer series…awesome.

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    DRose is so raw. He’s gonna be better than CP and DWill really soon. Flat out stud

  • Superman Osman

    when does it air Anton? and please excuse my ignorance I’m just too f*ckin’ caught up in a clusterf*ck of assignments

  • http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Who hates on Derrick Rose? He has no natural enemies. The guy has soldier mentality, all business, gets the job done, and stays level headed.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    SLAM needs to follow up on the DRose story from the latest issue asking (postgame) what the heck kinda candy he ate before yesterday’s game made him play that otherworldy/out of his mind.

  • Superman Osman

    Ya Russ, do the gummies kick in like MJ’s pre-game steak?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    I’m guessing Sour WarHeads or something even named crazy, not no fruit Mentos/Airheads/Chiclets/etc weakstuff, or greasy chicken fingers and fries for the other 70% of NBA players.

  • Superman Osman

    Sour WarHeads are bangin’ in terms of motivation

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    I use to eat a Snickers before games and ended up bodying people up and thus picking up lots of fouls. Should have went the Derrick Rose Candy route for sugar rush hyper energy boosts.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariq al Haydar

    I picked the Bulls before Game 1 (check SKO) and I’m sticking with them. Rose is cold.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    Rose has to by the most shy future star ever! he looked scared in his post game interview. always saying thank u and mamn

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @Superman: The Bulls have made it a series, you’re right. They’ve got nothing to lose, while the Celtics pretty much have everything to lose. Nobody thinks they can do it even now, but winning that heck of a game, I think, makes them believe they can do the unthinkable. If can they tie up their home games… who knows, right?

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @Ryne: The Celtics looked really shaky last year in the playoffs too, barely getting past Atlanta and the like. What do you think makes it different this year though (besides KG of course)?

  • JJ

    Bulls in 5

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Honestly, as much as KG brings to the team, I don’t think they miss him as much as they are missing Ray’s shooting touch. Power forward is a position of strength for the Celtics. They have easily 2-3 bruisers who can try to fill KG’s shoes. But if Ray or PP don’t show up, they haven’t got anyone on their bench with the dynamism to create and make shots even remotely as ably. Plus look at the East – the only team against whom KG’s absence will really, REALLY matter is Orlando. This series, and their entire playoff hopes I think, are contingent on Ray and PP playing well, not KG.

  • g

    great post on Rose. But he has been consistent with his midrange jumper all year.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    @Superman: I think Beast Wars ran for 4 or 5 seasons in the late 90′s or early 00′s. Optimus was a gorilla, it was a trip.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    g, he’s been consistent, bt he hasn’t been this confident. The Celtics were still going under ball screens in key moments, leaving Rose open to punish them. He, of course, did just that.

  • Monkeyball

    Celtics in 6. That means the Bulls still get to win TWO games.
    The Bulls barely won, and that with Rose playing like the love child of Isaiah Thomas and Michael Jordan, Noah playing like Buck Williams circa 1992, and Tyrus Thomas actually combining athleticism with heart. Everything went right for the Bulls. It won’t again. Not this season.

  • that dude

    goddamn its just one game! The bulls are formidable no boudt but didnt we have similar sentiment when the sixers stole game 1 from the lakers back in 03 or whatever year it was?

  • that dude

    by boudt i mean doubt

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/poetry/ Brett Ballantini

    Great recap Ryne.

    Boston had every chance to win. Pierce tying (not winning!) the game with two FREE throws post Noah’s block-err-”foul” was l-a-m-e. Does “letting them play” down the stretch only apply to the defending champs?

    However, Ryne, Ben’s going to get rich? Where, Moscow?

  • Rich

    Look, y’all need to lay off BG. He is who he is. He’s not “ego-driven” like some think he is. He complements Rose to a tee. The dude had 12 in the fourth quarter. What more do you want from him.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    For him to be 6-5?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Also, not to be a doomsayer or anything, but the Bulls probably shouldn’t count on Ray Allen shooting like Tim Allen again.

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