Potential is a dangerous word. We throw it around a lot in sports and many an athlete have become rich off it. The Celtics haven't played to their potential all season, but picked a good time to finally show it. Even TLC had a great game. There must be something in the water. It was certainly a sight to behold for Celtics Nation.

Let's not all get too excited about the win. Sure, we took away home court advantage from Cleveland in a dominant fashion. However, the Celtics struggles at home have been well documented, and the Cavs will be very determined to come back and prove themselves at the Garden this weekend. However, the fact remains that the Cavs are not as good a team as the Celtics when both teams are at their best.

This series resembles the Celtics-Lakers finals two years ago. You have this so called unbeatable team with the MVP of the league that is supposed to walk all over the old Celtics. The Celtics had battled their way through tough series after tough series the entire playoffs during that championship run, and were given little chance outside of Boston to win. This year they battled through an injury riddled and disappointing season and no one believed they could win another title. The fact remains that the Celtics were the better team both times.

The problem with these Celtics all year hasn't been lack of talent or even age. It's been a lack of effort and desire to win. They have by far the best point guard in the Eastern Conference. They have one of the best shooters of all time in Ray Allen. They have a Finals MVP in Paul Pierce, and they have a 14 time All Star in Kevin Garnett. Sure, they aren't the players they once were, but they're still very good.

What do the Cavs have again? They have Lebron and a bunch of inconsistent 3rd scorers with a couple hardnosed roll players mixed in. Antawn Jamison (as much as I like the guy) isn't a proven playoff scorer. Mo Williams is terrible when he's not hitting his shots, which is basically every other game. Shaq is the Jermaine O' Neal of the Cavs. He should've retired years ago and now just helps the other team win. Please keep playing him Cleveland. Parker and Moon play well 1 quarter a game. Hickson is pretty good but thankfully doesn't play enough. Even Lebron bails out the defense too much with dumb fade away shots. Plus the fact that he can't shoot free throws. The Cavs being last in the league in free throw shooting is not talked about nearly enough.

The bottom line is that at their best, the Celtics can beat anyone. Yes, that includes the so called best team in the league. The problem is they are so inconsistent. Who knows what team will show up in Game 3? All I know for sure is watching the passion and energy they played with last night brought a huge smile to my face. They were having fun again and coming together as a team. At the end of the day it's the team that wins, not the individual. Let's hope the Celtics build on this one and come away with two wins at the Garden.

Karl Dillinger 5/04/2010 12:36:00 PM Edit
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  1. JR says:

    Loved the "Something in the water" line. lol. I wouldn't say 'Sheed had a "great" game. He shot the ball great, which I was expecting him to do from time to time. Poor streak shooters tend to have games where they're on. It helps keep they're 3pt% over 25%. ThomasJ pointed out that Wade had one in GM 4 of round 1.

    That said, sometimes guys go on hot streaks shooting, so hopefully 'Sheed continues to be hot the rest of the series. If he can get a double digit rebounding game, maybe take a charge or two, and all out hustle, then I'll use the word great.

    So Karl are you predicting the C's win the series now? I know Bailey and I had C's in 7. Not sure about everyone else.

  2. ThomasJ says:

    A lot of good points, Karl

    Cavs will bring game 7 type effort this weekend and if they get a win we are back to square one.

    Right about the Cavs roster around LeBron and the'inconsistent 3rd scorers'. He still doesn't have his Pippen but overall has a more talented roster than MJ won with for all you James worshippers out there. I think Z would be starting on a couple of those Bulls teams haha.

  3. Jenda says:

    I had C's in 6. They certainly are capable of it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just an idea: the BIG 4 could from this moment on send some invitation cards to disappointed pleople like Mr. Dirk Nowitzki or Mr. D.Wade to join our squad next year for MLE (one year contract) and with max. contract when our Hall of Famers retire. Celtics pride would continuo some years more...

  5. tb727 says:

    "However, the fact remains that the Cavs are not as good a team as the Celtics when both teams are at their best."

    I'd agree with this and I'm not sure I would've said that in the regular season. But the playoffs is all about exposing matchup advantages. How the Cavs allowed 3 lobs over Jamison's head to Garnett for layups is beyond me.

    Well wait no it's not. Mike Brown is the Chris Wallace of coaches lol

  6. They only real matchup advantage they have is Lebron and maybe Varejao over Wallace but even that's not a real advantage. The Cavs still may very well win the series but not because they are a better team but because of other factors that need not to be said.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Say them Karl!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I think I know of the other factors you are talking about??

  9. Jenda says:

    JR expressed them quite soundly with the new article about Donaghy.

  10. Anonymous says:

    You're right!

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