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Saturday, May 8th, 2010 at 12:09 pm  |  31 responses

Celtics Suffer Worst Home Playoff Loss Ever

by Ryne Nelson

It was the biggest win of the season for the Cavs… and the biggest loss in history for the Boston Celtics.

What a way to show ‘em who’s King.

Game 2, you’ll remember was a humiliation for the Cavs, as the Celtics tied the series 1-1 and seemingly took all the momentum back to Boston with them. But the Cavs turned it around in an epic way, scoring at will on the once pround Boston defense, and finishing with a nearly flawless 124-95 beatdown.

As Gary Dzen of the Boston Globe said, the Cavs’ turnaround was simply unbelievable:

“Even when Cleveland scored 101 points in Game 1, the Celtics held the Cavaliers to 48-percent shooting. In Game 2, a Celtics win, Boston held the Cavs to 86 points on 40-percent shooting. In Game 3, it seemed like the Cavaliers took any shot they wanted.

Cleveland’s 59-percent shooting (it was higher until the bench came in for garbage time) was not just impressive; It was embarrassing for the home team.”

It’s telling when the Cs best statistical performer, Rajon Rondo, also was the Cs biggest offender in the plus/minus (his -28 was the worst on the team). Paul Pierce, who has a $21,513,521 player option next season, looked like he wasn’t worth even $10 million. He hit just 4-15 shots.

Remember just 24 hours ago, when all the momentum seemingly was on Boston’s side? Well, it seems like they gave it all away, and this time, they may never able to recover.

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  • BostonBaller

    I think that long layoff hurt, I know we are older and need rest but too much rest kills momentum. I missed the whole 1st half and 1/2 of the 3rd qtr so I can’t say much about the calls although I did read the re-cap. What an old fashioned butt whoop’n!!! I don’t think the officiating won it for the Cavs but bad calls in the start of a game can change the whole complexity of the game and how it’s played. Don’t anoint the Cavs winners just yet.

  • neaorin

    First game of the playoffs when the Cavs went full speed from the tipoff until it was over. Now it’s common sense to expect Boston’s best shot tomorrow night. Which Cavs team will show up is my only question.

  • BostonBaller

    Why was LBJ in the game so long after it was virtually over? Why was JJ Hickson still in the game at the very end? What if either got hurt during garbage time? Why did they foul Glen Davis and stop the clock with less than a minute left? What if Hickson twisted an ankle rebounding the missed free throw? Coaching is critical even in the last minutes of a game and I think Brown blew it. He got lucky this time. LBJ is a beast but it’s not over, P Double has yet to play well.

  • neaorin

    Pierce had a great three minute stretch in the second quarter when LeBron was off the floor. Then LBJ went back in and PP went back to being a non factor. He needs to attack LeBron and make him work on defense.

  • http://bugshots.info LeoneL

    @BostonBaller..and he won’t…

  • Jake

    As a Celtic hater, I rejoice.

  • http://wrwood1@aol.com WOODY

    The author of this article seems to be needlessly insulting the Cleveland Cs by repeatedly using the letter C for the Boston team. Certainly the Celtics have a more illustrious history, but the Cavs are the better team this year and are also the Cs.

    Also you might consider that it’s both easier and quicker to say or write ‘Pierce’ than it is ‘P Double’. I realize the latter is really witty and wicked cute, but this shell of a former good player is no longer witty or cute.

  • underdog

    I expect Bill Russel to show up at the next home game and demand a starting position.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    On this week’s episode of C’s Anatomy: “Paging Paul Pierce, Dr. Pierce please report to this playoff series for a procedure?” what, he’s not answering his page? At all? So who’s on call? Ray Shuttlesworth? Get him then! I’d rather have one of the (self proclaimed) greatest shooters in league history to take care of this, but hey, Dr. Ray will do. What? He’s on hiatus?? And we reneged on Dr. Robinson’s bonus? Damn, who DO we have?

  • dino

    This must be heaven for Celtic haters and Lebron fanboys

  • BostonBaller

    @Darksaber, that was funny even though “one of the greatest shooters in L history isn’t “self proclaimed”. @ Woody, the author writes as he writes but if it grinds your gears then maybe he will change his style. lol. Does anyone in Ohio call The Cavs the C’s or is that just something else to complain about? The Cavs whoop’d some butt last night but that obviously isn’t enough for you and didn’t leave you anything to be negative about. Does P Double bother you too? smh. I’ll rejoice if “Pierce” jumps in a time machine and goes back to the 2008 Cav series for another duel.

  • BostonBaller

    My posts aren’t going thru..except this one

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Michael Scorn

    You know Kobe was watching this game sh!tting in his pants. The King has nothing else to prove as the greatest player of all time. I just hate it when commentaters go around calling other players “impressive physical specimens” when we all know that the human body doesn’t get any more advanced than The King’s.

  • Frank

    IDK what to even say. They played NO DEFENSE….they rarely contested shots. Sure, the refs were calling bs at the start but thats no excuse to not play D.

  • Manumaniac

    I guess that this was one of these nights that Lebron felt like he was on a race of making playoff history and have a seat in the podium of the basketball semi-gods. MJ (that would be Michael Jordan of course) scored 63 points in a playoff game in the Garden. Magic won a championship in the Garden with that famous winning “baby skyhook”. And now Lebron embarassed the Celtics to their homecourt with these 38 points he scored in 39 minutes. I guess there is nothing else to say here than the obvious conclusion: we are all witnesses!!!

  • The Reign Man

    Oh Yes We Are

  • http://psp2423@yahoo.com 323 478 1884

    Kobe or the Lakers arent worried Michael Scorn

  • BostonBaller

    Come on woody, I think you are stretching just a tad bit…I didn’t see the Perk foul but I’m sure it was no where near as bad as you say and to say Ohio and surrounding states saw it a certain way is like a Bostonian saying that the Red Sox will win the world Series at the start of each season. It’s delusional yet harmless & it comes with the territory.

    @Darksaber, that was funny even though “one of the greatest shooters in L history isn’t “self proclaimed”. @ Woody, the author writes as he writes but if it grinds your gears then maybe he will change his style. lol. Does anyone in Ohio call The Cavs the C’s or is that just something else to complain about? The Cavs whoop’d some butt last night but that obviously isn’t enough for you and didn’t leave you anything to be negative about. Does P Double bother you too? smh. I’ll rejoice if “Pierce” jumps in a time machine and goes back to the 2008 Cav series for another duel.

  • BostonBaller

    Imagine if SLAM was around when Dr. J, Magic, Bird, Jordan. Barkley etc etc were playing? If LBJ, Kobe and the rest get their sacks smooched this much those guys would put a restraining order out on SLAM. lol

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    pierce will show up, don’t anyone worry. if you ask me, he’s been struggling offensively mostly because he’s been the primary defender on lebron (which i’d imagine to be a little tiring). i think they need to put ray on him more. so far, ray’s done a better job on him. i’m not saying anyone’s shutting lebron down, but ray’s done a better job so far of making lebron take jump shots (and that’s really the best defense against someone like him). besides that, the bench is going to have to step up guarding him as well, particularly TA, and, if he ever gets to play again, Marquis Daniels. the most important thing, though, is team defense, which just wasn’t there last night, in part because of early foul trouble for KG and Perk. all of this would lighten the defensive load for pierce so he could get it going offensively, which they’re going to need.

  • Reidz

    This might be way off topic, but did not see any other relevant threads. I hvae just started watching NBA again after an absence of about ten-fifteen years. I have always kept updated thorugh internet, newspapers and magazines and so on. But my question is, has the level of playing actually dropped since the mid-90s?

    In general, watching games such as Hawks-Magic, it just seems to be to many airballs, to many passes without address, too few skilled post players…

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    @ Reidz: athleticism has increased considerably; skill, at least fundamental-type skills, have decreased considerably. also, it’s not really a big man’s game any more. there are definitely some very good bigs in the league (pau gasol, yao ming if he ever plays again, tim duncan, dwight howard [more on defense than offense]), but it’s kind of rare to see a big guy dominate a game.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/CathedralsRecords?feature=mhw4 Earl

    That’s because now, when teams get very far behind at all, they rest their star players, and get blown out.

  • Robb

    I told you, Michael Scorn is actually Charles Barkley

  • al

    can we sign toine now?

  • vtrobot

    @ WOODY: please shut the f*ck up. @BostonBaller: p double (oh, sorry, WOODY) did claim to be the greatest shooter ever when he was in the ASG 3-point contest. it’s funny how much the momentum shifts after every single game during the playoffs. go C’s (to be clear, I mean Celtics, WOODY).

  • BostonBaller

    thanx vtrobot, I must have forgotten he said it or just thought he was giving an interviewer the answer they were looking for. To tell you the Truth…oooops, did I mistakenly say The Truth? Truth is as easy to write as Pierce so I guess that’s ok. Go C’s…no explanation needed.

  • http://springbored.net letsmotor

    did anyone else get the feeling that Pierce was sort of being facetious when he said that?

  • http://wrwood1@aol.com WOODY

    Celtics fans aren’t nearly as much fun to poke as Laker fans cause they cuss less and spell better. But the abject arrogance of thinking you’re the only C team in the universe is a little ridiculous. Doncha think? I always supported the Cs in baseball and football too.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    cosign Jake

  • BostonBaller

    It isn’t arrogance when your team has been known as the C’s across the country for decades. I’ve never heard of the Cavs even being referred to as the C’s. No one is saying that Cavs fans can’t call your team the C’s but don’t get pissy if everyone around you think that you are talking about the Celtics. There isn’t a patent on it, just an understanding..how is that arrogance? AGAIN, stop finding and fabricating things to piss and moan about, just enjoy the games and have fun. It’s not that serious dude, at the end of the day they go to million dollar homes and don’t think about us and you sit there and get angry. lol. @letsmotor, I did.

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