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Basketball in Boston Tonight

Posted by Steve Bzomowski on February 14, 2007

The Celtics, losers of 18 straight and approaching the NBA record of 24, are favored in tonight’s game versus the Milwaukee Bucks. Favored! How bad must the Bucks be? What have they done to deserve this ignominy? Have they gone undetected by the recordkeepers and lost 100 in a row? Well, they have lost 17 of their last 20 and are without their leading scorer, Michael Redd. Meanwhile, Paul Pierce, captain of the Celtics, the team that’s succumbed 13 straight times at home, did what all good leaders do: he, with steely resolve, cautioned the team, the team that hasn’t won at home in two months, against over confidence: “we can’t take this for granted”. No, you wouldn’t think so.

Meanwhile, The Eagles of Boston College, the team that gets no national respect despite decades of success on the national stage and sending reams of talent to the NBA, host the Blue Devils of Duke. Duke rather easily handled BC in Durham on 1/28, 75-61, as the Eagles were still adjusting to life without their now departed, but soon-to-be NBA draft pick center, Sean Williams. Duke has lost four straight; unheard of. Anyone who wins as much as Duke and Coach K must hate losing. They’ve gotta be pissed and ready to go. Meanwhile, the Eagles are on-track and on-a-roll, dispatching, among others, Virginia Tech, winners last night IN CHAPEL HILL!!! Who would have thought, on, say, 1/29, that two weeks later, BC would be favored in this game? Not you, not me.

Great basketball fun in Boston tonight.

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5 Responses to “Basketball in Boston Tonight”

  1. Dan Ziminski said

    With Pierce and Wally both back, the Celtics should take this one. If they want to break the streak, this is the game to do it. Then it’s time for Gerald to win the dunk contest.

    I haven’t seen much of BC this year. Former BC Eagle, current Piston, Craig Smith did pretty good against the Cs last week.

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  2. Dan Ziminski said

    Edit: Smith is on the T-Wolves. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=4164

    I knew I saw him recently against the Cs.

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  3. I haven’t seen that much of BC either but enough to know that on offense they 1) are patient 2) make great cuts and reads out of their Flex Offense. Kudos to Al Skinner. I remember playing in a pick-up game with him years ago during a break at an AAU clinic (or some recruiting affair); he’s a tough competitive dude. They are really well coached. Dudley, also, is a BASKETBALL PLAYER. (See Bob Ryan on Jared Dudley in this great Boston Globe piece. [Ryan at his best.]) Knows his body, knows the angles to get advantage, sneaky, smart, great timing and anticipation.

    I may just watch the Dunk Contest this year. I usually only tune into the Three-Point; it’s the part of the weekend where there’s the most pressure to perform. (There’s some in the dunk thing, but that’s way more show and, in a game, it doesn’t count if you dunk after the ball bounces off the shot clock.) In the Shooting Contest, I watch to see each player’s form: the follow-through, the off-hand, the release points. Outside the forehead? Closer to the front of the forehead? What is common to them all? Very instructive. I’m gonna ask the Boston Shooting Clinic and NY Shooting Clinic participants to watch . . . you know, a little homework.

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  4. Greg Herr said

    I’ve always liked Dudley, and that is a fine Ryan piece. Though much of the best of it quoted Tom Izzo, who did a very nice job of pointing out what specifically Dudley did well. I hadn’t really thought of Izzo as that insightful of a coach, but I should have remembered that Zach Randolph left after one year, and maybe Mateen Cleaves is a more emblematic Izzo player, certainly one who respects the game.

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  5. When I think of Izzo and Michigan State, I think of one play, and that one play forever had me thinking, “well-coached team”. I think it was ’98 and Princeton came into The Tournament a high seed, maybe #5 or #6, very high for an IVY, maybe the highest in a long time. They knock off UNLV in the first round and play Michigan State second round. The first half is tight, but Princeton looks out-of-sorts. The last play of the half, Princeton is overplaying on the wing so Michigan State flashes high post, bounce pass to post, backdoor cut (BACKDOOR CUT!) from wing, easy layup. Victimized, demoralized by their own signature play. Game basically over at the half, after that play.

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