Cup of Joe. The 2015 Boston Celtics & HBO's 'The Jinx'
I'm about to compare the 2015 Boston Celtics to a suspected serial killer. I want to let you know that ahead of my convoluted analogy so you can properly prepare yourself. You good? OK, let's proceed.
The director and producers of HBO's 'The Jinx' had a theorem about their main character, Robert Durst. See, Durst had a penchant for bringing unnecessary attention back upon himself. After being formally charged for the murder of his neighbor in Texas (he had been previously suspected in the disappearance of his wife), Durst posted bail and decided to run. By all accounts, law officials had little idea of where he had run off to until he showed up hundreds of miles away, arrested for trying to steal a sub from a Wegman's. He had over $37,000 in cash on him.
He'd escape the murder charges in Texas under the guise of self defense (despite the fact that he had chopped up his victim and attempted to throw his remains in the harbor) only to contact a movie director years later to conduct an interview that would very clearly beam a bright light right over his head again. For a few reasons, that interview would lead to another arrest.
The guys behind the show theorized that Durst needed pressure. He felt uncomfortable without it.
So in this case, we felt for a long time — and this is just our interpretation — that Bob doesn’t seem to feel totally comfortable unless he’s at risk. He seems to like to put himself at risk. It may make him feel more vital. It may be something he’s just compelled to grasp for.
The 2015 Boston Celtics don't seem to be totally comfortable unless they're at risk. When you've counted them out, they show up for games they've no business winning. When they've grabbed everyone's attention, they go back into hiding against teams they should easily beat. When things get easy for them, they insist on making matters difficult.
In a must-win game at home against a Miami team that was down two of their best three players and another pivotal role player, the Boston Celtics completely no-showed. They lost convincingly to a team that started Udonis Haslem and Bill/Henry Walker, and needed 20 minutes out of someone named Tyler Johnson, because they showed up with the intensity you'd expect out of an early Sunday morning intramural game between two fraternities. An effort so poor that Jae Crowder felt compelled to apologize via twitter:
I APOLOGIZE FOR THE LACK OF EFFORT FROM MYSELF & THE GUYS TONIGHT.!! WILL LEARN AND GET BETTER MAN!! #CELTICSNATION #PLAYOFFPUSH #99PROBLEMS
The loss puts the Celtics back into a tie for the 8 seed, and makes the 7th seed a near impossibility; the Celitcs essentially sit 3 games back (2 full, but Miami would now win the tiebreaker) with just 11 games remaining in the season.
Start Your Morning off With... Tony Allen singing 'Whoomp there it is!' with a bunch of kids
Vintage WTHHT: What the Hell Happened to.... Randy Brown? authored by TB727
If you didn't begin watching basketball until the 00's, you probably aren't aware of what a game-changer this week's What the Hell Happened To Player was. Randy Brown was picked by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of the 1991 draft out of New Mexico State. His first four seasons he'd stay with the Kings and average around 16 minutes a night as a backup guard. But in October of 1995, Randy would sign with the Chicago Bulls, changing the notoriety his career would have.
Joining any Michael Jordan-lead team would always be a compelling story. But joining the 95-96 Bulls lead by a hyped up MJ who sought revenge on Nick Anderson, the Orlando Magic and any other competitor who got in his way, was extra-special. Those 96 Bulls won a league-record 72 games and the NBA title and many people consider them one of the best teams of all time. Randy Brown was pretty much the fourth guard on those Bulls teams behind Jordan and Ron Harper, and Steve Kerr. Brown would win two more titles with the Bulls the next two years in 1997 and 1998.