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Tough one to watch tonight as the Celtics lead for most of the game while outplaying the Clippers.  In a game the Celtics lead throughout they fall at the buzzer to the Clippers on a Baron Davis buzzer beater.  This happened after Rondo missed 2 free throws with 1.5 seconds left.  

My thoughts:
  • Mike Gorman couldn't be more on point when he alluded to how strikingly different the Staples Center is for Flakers game instead of Clippers.  It looks like a different arena (other than the logo on the floor most of this can be attributed to how the lights are lowered further for the Lakers games in the stands around the court).
  • Eric Gordon has a most unorthodox game.  I don't know if I've ever seen a single game where a player comes so close to traveling on every play.  I don't see him play enough to know if tonight was an aberration or the norm.
  • Rasheed Wallace's shot from the post (pictured above) over Brian Skinner in the 1st half was the slowest move I've seen by a player since they did away with the Old Timer's Game on All Star Weekend.  Watching it live literally looked like it was in slow-motion.
  • I knew Davis was taking that last shot.  I was hoping Tony Allen would defend him and not Rondo.  I was hoping for a lineup of Ray, Tony, Perk, KG and either Sheed or Scalabrine.  Wasn't Novak on the floor for that last play?  Perfect guy for Scalabrine to defend.
Tough one to deal with and really could've used Paul on that last offensive play (or for Rondo to make at least the first free throw).  That's 2 buzzer beating losses for the Celts (76ers & Clippers) while the Flakers had 2 ridiculous buzzer beating wins (Heat & Bucks).  These really hurt in the long run.

tb727 12/28/2009 12:18:00 AM Edit
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  1. ThomasJ says:

    most demoralizing loss of the year

    magic, hawks - both top teams
    suns - good team shooting lights out
    pacers,sixers - bad teams that fought hard and hung around
    clips - bad team that was on the ropes in the 3rd and playing without it's only real shot blocker

    I'm as big a KG backer over the years as there is but either he is more limited than he will admit or he is pacing himself for the big games and playoffs(which would be uncharacteristic for him) being such a nonfactor at both ends aside from perimeter jump shots.

  2. ThomasJ says:

    TA Alert

    While he has made some good athletic moves and hustle plays, TA should be absolutely banned from shooting outside the paint. His misses are horrible knuckleballs, and even if one occasionally goes in it still looks like an
    awkward brick shot with his off hand. He makes Rondo look like Ray.

  3. JR says:

    lol Thomas at your "rondo look like Ray" line.

    I agree with you on KG. He'll hit a bunch of jumpers and ppl will all be "He's Back!!!" But when I see if continue to not get up high enough on alleyoop misses and look tentative I can't say that he's back. I hope the C's have him under some program where his leg will be stronger come Spring time.

  4. tb727 says:

    KG has games where he looks 100% back. Then there are games like last night where he simply doesn't.

    I am becoming more and more confident he'll look great come the playoffs.

  5. ThomasJ says:

    I'm feeling confident about KG in the playoffs.

    I just wish he could go hard every night in the regular season. Not just when he's looking at Duncan in SA or another big game.

    I'm always amazed when I guy like TA who is so athletic and has been playing ball all his life can have such a horrific looking jump shot.

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