It is amazing how the Mavs fans went from Me have a chance to we suck inside of a couple of hours. However, there weren't near as many posts bashing their own team as I find in a lot of threads. Most of them realized early that the Celtics are just the better team but the 15 point lead that the Mavs built must have given them false hope. I am surprised as I read comments from other teams how much they don't like KG and for the most part, they say it is because he has changed since becoming a Celtic. I personally think it is the Celtics they hate and the only reason they now hate KG is because he is wearing Celtic green.
Well it should help that we're in Dallas this time, and if both Allens miss the game for Boston then we should have a pretty good shot.
Heaven help us. They're just better than we are. Period. Maybe they'll have an off night.
I actually think Mavs will win this game
More Gerald less George and Carroll. But tonight I doubt Rick looks at Gerald unless the score is 123-89 with 4 mins left in the 4th.
Should be a good one. We just need a way of stopping, or at least slowing, Rondo.
We're not going to win - Bavetta will beat us quicker than KG can...
Rondo's always the key for the Celtics. When he plays well the Celtics are almost impossible to beat. Rondo often doesn't do as well on the road as at home and he often doesn't do as well on the second nights of back to backs as when he's rested. But he's a match up nightmare for Dallas.
Rondo and three pointers from Ray Allen are the keys to this game. If Eddie House goes off on us again, I might have to shoot myself.
Boston is a better team than our Mavs. But we got some breaks here... Its at home, and its a back to back for Boston.
There is absolutely no way the Mavs can win this game. We do not match up with the Celtics, I know they will kill us!
I don't want to read any crying in this thread. We know we're going to lose so just deal with it.
This will be a tough one, but the Celtics have not been playing as well lately so I will be optimistic.
There are TOO many Boston "fans" here for my liking!!!
Maybe you could punch some Bostards
Boston already with 6 fouls; we have just 1. Moreover, 2 on Garnett and 2 on Allen
I just hope they call it like this the rest of the night. If they are going to call the touch fouls now, then they better not swallow their whistles in the 4th.
Points in the paint all night long for Boston.
All layups.... Someone break their legs!
The Mavs are trying really hard and the Celts aren't trying at all.
The Celtics do not look like themselves. And that's ok with me.
Garnett can committ murder now and not pick up his 4th.
Whistles seemed somewhat favorable to us, or maybe refs deciding no BS shoving/handchecking by Celtics tonight.
That's the bitter sweet thing about a big free throw attemps discrepancy in the first half. The refs WILL try to even that out in the second half.
You can just sense the anger building up from KG. he's getting angry and he's going to toast us soon.
Actually, him getting angry is working for us. Dude is trying to do it all by himself.
Boston is awesome. They just decided "OK, we're going to beat your ass now" and there they go.
UH OH did you see dirk shove KG???
KG workin the psychological game.
I wouldn't piss KG off if I were them.
I would. He chokes. He's an overrated pile of crap.
14 minutes to play and KG's hot head just got him his 5th.
KG tries trash talking Dirk, and Dirk gets him to get a tech and foul....all the while Dirk keeps on scoring.
Weak minded Celtics! They are so soft! Dirk >> Garnett.
KG desperately tried to get into Dirk's head, Dirk just smiled and scored on em again.
The only things Bavetta knows how to do is blow his whistle and make himself the center of attention of a game.
The TNT crew is so on the side of the Celtics is sickening
I think Cheryl is more of a man than Reggie.
Dirk is playing hesitant right now. He is pumpfaaking again instead of just rising up and shooting the damn ball.
The game changed when Garnett got the T. Garnett got what Boston needed.
Well, there you go. Despite the technicals the refs managed to get the FTA 's from +10 to +3..
Pierce at the FT line is a sickening sight.
Dirk got punked tonight. What a shame. Garnett bullied him, got the tech, and Dirk wilts.
Paul Pierce is fat.
Celts have 4 superstars now. Rondo is a beast.
PP is a maniac
Pierce fades back.... SWOOOSH AND THAT'S THE GAME!
That Garnett technical won them the game. Turning point of the game. Just pathetic, that the Mavs allowed it
Just a disheartening loss to control the game for 2 1/2 quarters, have Dirk owning KG on the offensive end to the point that KG loses his cool, and to not be able to take care of business down the stretch. Frustrating.
The Mavs lost this game because the NBA is a joke.
It's amazing that KG gets so much credit for completely freaking out and losing his poise. Apparently that was the cause of everything good for the Celtics and everything bad for the Mavs.
I know, right? KG is an absolute tool. Great player, great leader for his team, but the guy is a total prick and completely lacks self control.
It was all planned and ingenious. KG knew exactly what he was doing.
Garnett was throwing a hissy fit because Dirk was having his way with him. He wasn't trying to fire anyone up. He was just tired of the memories that this game was bringing back from his days in Minnesota. He didn't do anything to fire his team up. Did it? Perhaps. But, that wasn't his objective. His objective was to throw a fit because he was getting his ass handed to him.
Had the Mavericks won, this would have been their trophy game for the first half of the season. Boston will forget this game before they start playing again.
The same nonsense happened last year when the Celtics came to town. Pierce gets a bunch of ticky-tack calls in the 4th quarter and wins the game for the Celtics at the line.
None of the Hornets boards had game threads. I thought that quite odd. There were a couple of pregame posts and some post game meltdown posts, but no game thread. It is amazing that with a team like the Hornets have, their fans aren't more enthusiastic about them. Even when the Celtics were losing 18 games in a row, the fans were sticking with them for the most part.
Who else is fired up about the game tonight! I am! Can't wait, we only get Boston once a year in the arena and that's tonight baby.
I got faith baby! We got a shot, you never what can happen. Maybe The Beast comes through again! Maybe Sul blows up! Maybe Paul comes back and gets quadruple double. Or D-Dub gets 30 and 15. You never know!
I don't know stranger things have happened. They do lose on the road more than they do at home, and they lose to some bad teams on the road (Ind, NY, Cha). That said they lost to those teams when they were healthy (meaning the opponents was healthy).
CP3 is still a game time decision and if he plays, he will get limited minutes.
I hope the boo birds are out in full effect for the opponents tonite.
Boston may have lost to as and la, but they are still the best...
Byron is a moron who forgot he's playing defending champions tonight and he cannot start chasing the scoreline. I cannot stand seeing that idiot on the side line with his arms crossed just watching while his team is melting due to his stupid decisions.
And Eddie House drains a 3. Talk about a disrespectful.
I'm sorry but not having your best players to start the 4th is like basically throwing in the towel. The injury bug is one thing but don't be fooled coaching is also a major issue on this team.
Yes he did keep the bench out there too long. Now we're behind the mavericks. :s
On the bright side, the Celtics play the Mavericks next and should beat them too.
I blame a good deal of this 4th quarter meltdown to the refs. Once Doc started complaining and got T'd up the refs went on a rampage on the Hornets calling 10 fouls on us vs. 1 on the Celts. AND there were some VERY questionable calls in there. Even though the Bees were only down 5 on the back end of the lopsided calls, it gave the Celts ALL the momentum. With better calls in that stretch, the Bees would have been leading or at the least tied. It would have been a different game down the stretch. Garbage by the refs in my opinion.
I can't blame the refs..the hornets were walking to the freethrow line too. Scott destroyed this team chances of winning. Have Peja guard Pierce the whole game was an epic failure. He lit us up tonight
My thinking is, in a game and situation like this where you have Peja not contributing on offense and having to guard Paul Pierce and failing miserably, why not pull Peja and put someone like Posey on him and let Peja come off the bench? At least with Posey you know if hes not hitting his shots hes still gonna give you solid D. I just don't get it. Posey knows Pierce's game and would have been waaaay more effective.
Posey's D is soooo overrated but I was baffled why Peja was on Pierce. Hell, I would rather Butler on Pierce and Peja on Ray
BS has gotta do a better job of being a manager of the game..starting the 4th quarter with a line up of AD-Brown-Posey-Bowen-Marks aint going to get it done...
Rivers didn't have either Ray Allen or Garnett on the floor.
It came down to execution. The Celtics did what they always do. Play great team defense, and execute well on offense. The Hornets did what they do too often under Scott, not communicate well on either end of the court and play sloppy basketball BC of it.we have the best player not
Scott has to be the worst coach in the league when it comes to in-game adjustments. He is inflexible in his rotations and never calls a time out to interrupt an opponents run, he just sits or stands with arms folded and watches teams pull away until it's too late.
named Kobe and labron. Why did our management sign posey and peja (and MO Pete)for such lengthy and expensive deals.
Ainge was smart not to give up the farm to sign Posey. Now the Bees are trying to figure out how to get rid of him and the contract they gave him that Boston wouldn't.
The C;s may miss Pose but they aren't saddled with a contract that will last long after he does. But then again, they beat us and we have him and they don't so maybe they don't miss him as much as people think.
The Celts were robbed of the win today vs LA. Shocking officiating.
I'm not too confident that we pick up the W on this one, it would be nice but the C's are in great form, despite today's result. Allen's shot is falling and Eddie House is absolutely on fire as of late. But our Big 3 (+ Fin) will have had four or five days off between games, which always helps a bunch of geriatrics like us. I'd love to match up with these guys in the Finals, TD vs KG on the big stage would be awesome.
Huge measuring stick for the spurs they'll be rested and ready to go
Let's see, it is a Sunday afternoon, nationally televised game. I wish I could be proved wrong but Spurs have a track record of stinking it up during these games.
Tim Duncan will not allow his Spurs to lose this game. Bank on that.
I know they will win this. I know Pop has them ready mentally and physically to win this one....Spurs will win this one by playing better D and rebounding and staying focused for the whole 48 min of hell....It is not going to be an easy task, but Spurs pull out and win this.
Coming from a Laker fan here... This Spurs-Celts game reminds of is how much I despise the Celtics. I NEVER root for the Spurs.. And today I'm rooting for the Spurs almost as hard as I root for the Lakers. Damn, Go Spurs.
It was a travesty that fluke shots awarded KG an NBA champion. What message are we sending to our beloved children about what it takes to be a champion when a classless, trash talking, cheap shoting, mentally unstable, cuckold is raising the trophy?
Normaly this would be just a regular season game from the Spurs side. This one won't Let's show them their place.
I always expect the best out of the players, but Tony Parker BETTER bring his A+ game after calling Rondo overrated..
And the Kobe-lebron slobfest continues...
Rondo is so damn overrated.
I wanted JVG and Marc Jackson
They always do the Laker games. I knew right away they were gonna call the Laker game, because, well, LA is loved
Those refs sure are hosing the spurs.
RONDO MADE A JUMPER!!!!
What's the O/U on KG chest pounds today?
WTF is up with Rondo and his shoe? He's lost his shoe like 3 times this year already
Why is it so quiet in the Boston arena?
Ray Allen has been the C's best player this year...it's not even close
I notice this every game the Celtics play in, they are given atleast one or two stretches each game where they are allowed to play super physical on both ends without drawing any fouls on themselves
Gotta feeling, after one qtr, that this could be an instant classic, Spurs winning by a nose, of course.
I hope Pop mentions how the C's run the moving screen offense better than any team in the league! We're in for a long game today I like how many pushes in the back they get away with while crashing the boards too
Bowen please kick Allen
The C's are moving on screens, pushing the Spurs in the back on plays, etc. They get away with ALOT
Spurs fans griping that the opponent plays too physical on defense? My how times have changed.
Bowen usually owns Ray Allen, so this is puzzling, unless Pop doesn't want to reveal his strategy if we meet them in the finals..
The announcers already sound like Celtic groupies
I hate Eddie House..
I wonder how many fouls Pierce draws are actually fouls..you hear this complaint a lot by fans vs. Boston..he just throws his body into whoever is guarding and gets away with it..
Bonner the Celtics killer!
Bonner should play in his home area more often..
How did they miss that travel? That was 3 huge steps Rhondo took. Parker could drive past anyone also given 3 steps.
Class move by the announcers not mentioning how the spurs tanked a season to pick up the Duncan pick
it's official..the Spurs need to fly in Bonner's family every game, so he can play like this more often..
Glad Bonner is having a good afternoon game against the C's after that bad performance against the Lakers
Celtics seem about 5 steps faster than the Spurs on O...even oldster Pierce. Weird.
I hate when they bring up the draft BS, the C's got a good player in Billups and its not our fault they couldn't make that work, look at him now.
Will the announcers shut up with the Boston love, and how they do everything better than the spurs
Rivers good defensive team allowing 60 points in a half. Hmmmmmmm
Hill is going to own Rondo in the next couple of years.
Can anyone figure out why we keep letting other teams shoot 50%? I mean, the defense does not look that bad, but they are always hitting shots. You even heard the huddle for the Celtics: "they can't stop us from scoring". Has it come to that?
Rivers was talking shit in that timeout. Completely disrespecting the Spurs. Talking like the Spurs are a scrub team.
(from Laker fan) Don't worry guys. Whenever the Lakers beat the Celtics, the C's usually go on a 6 or 7 game losing streak. You can thank us later...
So the Universe revolves around the Lakers?
Why wouldn't they have confidence, they're the defending champs..
And I still say it's a bought championship
If the spurs cant win this at least injure someone from the Celtics
Airball Looks like Matt Bonner remembered that he's Matt Bonner.
Why does Perkins get to ram his forearm/elbow into his defender without a call? I'm sorry, did I miss the point when he became a superstar and therefore gets superstar treatment?
I hate how pierce uses his fat to push off people
Tony Parker has really disappointed me..he calls Rondo overrated, and then he dissapears vs. Boston.
Pierce gets away with offensive fouls on multiple trips down the lane. Perkins still getting away with murder. Still, Spurs only down by 1 even with the refs in the's C's pockets.
I don't know, the Spurs have gotten a lot of calls their way that were questionable at best. It isn't just the Celtics getting away with stuff. Refs are just bad. Not in anyones pockets
All Celtics are doing is running down as fast as they can off a missed shot and giving it to garnet, like seriously they are rushing every single shot and relying off adreneline right now. They use like 8 secs off the shot clock everytime.
They call Bowen for kicking his leg out on a 3, lol, come on refs He wasn't hurt was he? No harm no foul.
It's like the Spurs have two opponents every night - the opposing team and the NBA refs.
Tony is playing an even game with Rondo..that should never happen..
The Celts have a horrible bench.. The more the advantage taken against these puppies, the easier it is .. To go against the Big Three of the Celts.
Typical dirty Celtics trash. Hill was owning on defense so they chop him down. Should be a flagrant on fat baby
If that was Rondo, it would have been a flagrant 2 against one of our guys..
That should be prosecuted as an assault.
It was not dirty at all. If Hill was not hurt on the play, no one would say anything.
Man, KG is a dirty player.
KG with 2 clutch j's and a steal. Awesome.
Great game ! Now we are true contender ! C`s beated at home by 2 best Western Teams !
No big deal for Celtics. They had a tough stretch and have ups and downs. They are still the class of the East IMO.
The Lakers will go as far as Kobe takes them but they are going to hit a bad patch too. If we keep improving on D and stay healthy, we'll have a shot at catching them for 1 seed.
LOL, the last 2 Champions in the league and the Lakers vs Cleveland gets prime time coverage because of Kobe and Lebron..the Last 2 losers. Makes sense.
Great win. Matt Bonner is the next David Robinson, with range.
is there a clutcher team in this soft ass league? damn all we need is 50 wins, and keep the finals games within 3 at the end. and then its money. i mean damn look at the finals favorites, boston and la. next to no expirience off the bench. almost no clutch shooting(none for the lakers). ill go ahead and count the lakers out right now. kobe and fish. all the expirience they have. thats it. celts have eddie, paul, ray and kg. spurs? roger mason jr, bruce bowen, kurt thomas, tim duncan, manu, tony, finley, how many big shots have they made between them. damn.
Am I the only one that felt we got lucky in this win? Bonner needs 23 points. Last 2 and a half minutes we kept having ZERO rotation on KG after the pick n roll and he was getting free shots. Mason clutch 3 along with Bonner somehow getting KG off his feet and then rattles in the free throw line shot. Man even KG busted a 3 after house added one. I kind of got the feeling we got left off the hook on this one and really lucked out on Allen having that ball kind of slip off his hands.