Basketball, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Playoffs 2010, Orlando Magic, Sports

I Want To Go To Disneyland Bitch !


I Want To Go To Disneyland Bitch !

What can you say about the Orlando Magic that hasn’t been said ? A wolf in sheep’s clothing by any other name wouldn’t do this team justice. They’ve been poor in every aspect of the game in this series against the Boston Celtics that it has me wondering if this team has any pride much less a backbone ? They are gutless , spineless and all the excuses that can be made cannot hide the fact that this team has absolutely no character ! Now down 0-3 in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals they’ve shown about as much urgency in the series as an elephant or hippopotamus taking a mud bath on a hot day in order to avoid the heat and humidity !

And for the Magic fans out there looking to make an excuse for their poor display please forget it as it’s simply not worth it ! If Dwight Howard is “the best center in the game” then clearly there’s something wrong with the player ! Because from where I sit the Lakers’ Pau Gasol makes Howard seem like a geriatric wearing “Depends” , going through the early onset stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Howard much like his teammates have shown about as much resolve as a whimpering child. The Magic rather than being a cohesive unit have essentially become team that’s simply outmatched by a Celtics’ team that simply outplays this Stan Van Gundy coached team and wants and relishes the zeal of making an appearance in the NBA Finals . After all that is meant to be the ultimate goal is it not ?

===================================================================

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

===================================================================

Slide show gallery .

Courtesy of Associated Press & Yahoo Sports

Celtics cruise past Magic; open 3-0 lead in series

By Jimmy Golen , AP Sports Writer

Boston , Mass ,. (AP) – There were still 20 seconds left in the game when Paul Pierce(notes) decided he didn’t need to see any more and headed to the locker room.

In the hallway, he repeated aloud: “One more. One more.”

Pierce helped the Celtics open a 16-point, first-quarter lead, then watched as Rajon Rondo(notes) and Glen “Big Baby” Davis helped Boston coast to a 94-71 victory over the Orlando Magic and take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.

The most-decorated team in NBA history, the Celtics are one win away from their second trip to the finals in three years—and their 21st in all. No NBA team has ever lost a playoff series after winning the first three games.

“We’re motivated for what’s at stake. We see the big picture,” said Pierce, who was the finals MVP when Boston won its record 17th NBA title in 2008. “We were coming home for two games on our home court. We’re motivated. We can feel it. Guys know what its like to win a championship and play for a championship.”

The Magic have to win Game 4 on Monday night to avoid a sweep and force the series back to Orlando. They’ll need a better effort than in Game 3, when they fell behind early for the third straight game. This time, they didn’t even mount a late charge to make it close.

“The most disappointing to me was that I didn’t have our team better ready to play,” said Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, who was himself knocked over late in the game when Kevin Garnett was pushed into the Orlando bench going after a loose ball. “It starts with me. It’s my job. I’m the coach of this team. It starts with me and I’m not happy with where we had our team tonight or anything I did.”

============================================================

Click on link to read this article in full.
=============================================================

Watching this Orlando Magic team surgically and being clinically dismantled by the Celtics’ Rajon Rondo was simply like watching a “maestro” conduct an orchestra . The Magic had no answer for Rondo or anyone else from Doc Rivers’ coached team. And for a team that many viewed as the overwhelming favorites coming into this Eastern Conference Finals match up. The Boston Celtics has essentially made sure that the Magic’s postseason ambition is quietly coming to an end. Anyone under the mistaken impression that this Magic team can now erase a 3-0 deficit had better come off their medication. This team simply isn’t good enough to overcome the deficit much less possibly win a game in this series ! And even if they were to win a game there’s still not a hope in hell that they’ll be even able to play their way back into the series. Absolutely no one on this team has the identity or character to play their way back into the series. All we’re going to hear from the players are the usual perfunctory of excuses possible. Even Van Gundy is liable to jump on that bitch and make the excuse as to why his team has under achieved .

No one wants to held accountable for their actions and it has become clear that this team simply isn’t good enough to win an NBA title. The biggest mistake was to even believe that the Orlando Magic in part was actually a team of character. Because if that were this case then the team would be playing with more passion and their effort would be great deal more than what we’ve seen thus far. Prior to game two we had the Magic‘s power forward Rashard Lewis making the statement …… “I‘ve got to find out what it is that I need to do to contribute more to make the team better“ . Well if .Lewis hasn’t realized that and no one from Van Gundy’s coaching staff has told him what in essence needs to be done. Then why the hell is he playing this game ? Only an idiot at this juncture would be of the opinion that there’s any semblance of the Orlando Magic playing like a team. They’ve simply not shown it throughout this series. And though credit has to be given to the Boston Celtics. It does take two contestants to make a game something of a competitive contest . What we’ve seen has been only one team willing to come to a contest and play while the other is simply somewhere else playing without heart and seemingly showing little interest in winning.

Game four of the Eastern Conference Finals resumes on Monday night and we’re liable to see the Boston Celtics close out the series and make their second appearance in the NBA Finals in the last three years. As to who their likely opponents will be for the time being , we’ll have to take it at face value that it will be the Los Angeles Lakers . That would clearly be an eagerly anticipated match up that would the envy of NBA fans everywhere and no doubt the NBA hierarchy of Commissioner David Stern .

==============================================================

=============================================================

Picture gallery .

As to the Magic fans out there what excuse are you now going to come up with should the Orlando Magic be blown out of this series without a win ? As the title would suggest …… “I want to go to Disneyland bitch “ ! No chance of that apparently happening now , as the Magic made it known that although that venerable entertainment complex is within easy reach of them as a destination , they simply have no desire to visit . Much like they have now have no desire to win an NBA title at this juncture. If that were the case then we’d seen this team show us exactly what they’re made of. Instead we’ve seen a team that was vastly over-rated and over hyped. But then again what’s new ? Isn’t that we tend to get when you have an alleged team of highly overpaid primadona athletes ?

Alan Parkins aka tophatal ……………………….

TLC ……………………………”Scrubs”

Advertisements
Basketball, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Eastern Confernce, Kevin Garnett, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, Orlando Magic, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Sports

Someone Knocked One Of The Wheels Off My Bus …………..


So  at this particular  time  the argument is being made as to the  supremacy of the  Boston Celtics within the  NBA. Having raced  out  of the starting  gate  posting  an impressive record over the first  29 games (27-2). They’ve  now  fallen to earth with a thud  or  so  some  would  have  us  believe  with  an almighty bang. Now with a record of  29-8 there’s  a rumbling  and everyone  is questioning  the  team’s  resolve.

 

 

The Celtics' Paul Pierce  points to the sidelines having  been fouled by the Rockets' Ron Artest ..........
The Celtics' Paul Pierce points to the sidelines having been fouled by the Rockets' Ron Artest .............

 

 

Paul Pierce(34) points to the sidelines  after he’s fouled by the Houston Rockets'(96) Ron Artest.  The Rockets however  would go on to win the  game 89-85. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Tom  McLendon…………….

 

 

 

 

Well the NBA season isn’t about  a sprint  as it’s really  a  marathon  of  sorts  played  out over a  schedule  of 82 arduous games. They  sap  the  physicality’s and  mentality  of  a  player  and  no doubt  a whole  lot  more. That being  said the  teams that  survive that  then  have the  postseason to look  forward  to.   And  that  in of itself  is filled  with  pitfalls that’ll  test the  coaching staff and  players alike. 

 

 

Garnett  tries  to  defend the  shot of the Rockets Aaron  Brooks .......
Garnett of the Celtics tries to defend the shot by the Rockets' Aaron Brooks .............

 

Kevin Garnett tries to defend a shot by  the Rockets’ Aaron Brooks during  the  game  played at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachussetts. picture appears courtesy of  nbae/getty images/ Brian Babineau …………..

 

 

 

In  the  Eastern Conference  at  present  we’ve seen  three  teams rise  to the top playing  as consistently as one  would deem  it possible.  And as we can all define consistency in  its  many  forms. It begs  the  question is what’s  now happening with the Celtics  really  all that  disturbing ? The  Boston Celtics along  with the  LeBron James’ led Cleveland Cavaliers and  the  Orlando  Magic  have the  best records  in the conference. Each of the teams in question have their  own  array of  stars. But it  can be said that  without their  trio All Stars last season’s triumph  by  the  Celtics  would’ve been  viewed  as nothing  more than afterthought  had it  been  another franchise  defeating the  Los Angeles  Lakers.

 

Yao Ming of the  Rockets  and  the  Celtics'  Glen  Davis pursue a loose ball......... .
Yao Ming of the Rockets and the Celtics' Glen Davis pursue a loose ball ...............

 

Glen Davis chases after a loose ball that’s  also  being pursued by  the Rockets’ Yao Ming. picture appears courtesy  of nbae/getty images/ Brian Babineau …. 

 

 

 

In Kevin Garnett , Ray  Allen  and Paul Pierce  the  team may  well  possess three  future  Hall of  Famers. But that’s a discussion  for another day. I  know  that there are  some  Celtics’ fans  who’ll be of the  opinion  that they   ought to be enshrined  immediately  upon their retirement  merely  because they  brought  a title  to  Boston  after some 25 years  in what was  thought to be the  perpetual  wilderness.  Well now  they’re back and  are  looking to  improve  upon last year’s  triumph. And if  anything  as we all  know it’s  harder to  defend a title the  second   time around  than  it  is  to  win it  the first time. That being said  it’s to be  expected that the team  would  stumble  somewhat this  season.  They’re  no longer viewed  as a  team  whose sum  is greater than  that  of its  parts.  And  if  anything  their foes within the  conference  as well  across the  rest of  the  NBA  have  finally  figured out how  to  pressurize and beat  this  team.

 

 

Yao Ming defends the paint as the Celtics' Paul Pierce drives to the basket  ...............
Yao Ming of the Rockets defends the paint as the Celtics' Paul Pierce drives to the basket ..................

 

Yao Ming of the  Boston Celtics defends the paint as the Celtics’ Paul Pierce drives for the  basket.  picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Brian Babineau …………

 

 

 

 

At the start of the season the  play of their point guard  Rajon  Rondo was  at its  highest. But the player  himself  seems  to be in a  bit  of a lull. The sophomore point guard  appears to have hit  the  proverbial wall.  And if  the rumors are  to  be  believed then  help is  on  the  way  in the  guise of  the  New York  Knickswayward child  Stephon Marbury. Suffice  to say  that  at  this  juncture  I’d somewhat  begin  to  question the  thinking  of  GM Danny Ainge  should he  follow  through with this  deal. Marbury’s  intentions as  a player  and teammate at times  has come into question.  But with  him  being  placed  within an environment  that  has the  likes  of Garnett, Allen and  Pierce  who in unison as  veterans  have made the  team better. I can  only honestly  believe  that  any  temper  tantrum  thrown  by  him  wouldn’t be  taken  on with any respect by the  trio.  Marbury, has always  been  about  him  and  him  only.  And his  desire as he says  to be part of  a team  and  play for a contender while  admirable. In  my  mind  I  find it somewhat  condescending.  Considering  his travels around the  league there has  to  be a reason why  the  player  has yet  to  find  a  place that  he can  really  call home.

 

Continue reading