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Bulls and Celtics Keep Going and Going ...


We're going back to Beantown, my man. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)


Can David Stern go ahead and make this Boston Celtics vs. Chicago Bulls series go best-of-nine? Or 11? Or 27? Or 49? This thing shouldn't have to end in Game 7. There hasn't been a more compelling or exciting first-round series this postseason, or possibly ever, with several rich subplots and dramatic, unpredictable shifts.

With the NBA playoffs already having the inevitable air of resulting in a Kobe-LeBron Finals, I don't know if anything will top what we've already seen from these two teams, who refuse to lose -- or be confined to the restraints of a 48-minute basketball game.

The Celtics and Bulls staged another thriller on Thursday night, playing an extra 15 minutes before Chicago prevailed 128-127 in triple overtime. The resilient, depleted, defending champs and relentless, don't-know-any-better Bulls have already gone into overtime in a record four of their six games, playing a total of seven overtime periods, which is more than any team has ever played in an entire postseason. Five of the games have come down to the last shot.

TNT analyst Doug Collins made a great observation last night after Ray Allen sent the game into triple overtime with two incredible jumpers -- one that barely scaled the outstretched arms of Joakim Noah and another over Kirk Hinrich. Collins noted that with the 35 overtime minutes, the Celtics and Bulls had almost played the equivalent of seven games in six.

Before this series began, it was disappointing that Kevin Garnett wouldn't play because of a right knee injury, but his absence and the loss of Leon Powe in Game 2 has helped put two evenly matched teams on the floor and resulted in a series that has been more entertaining on the court than the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards were off the court last postseason (And, I swear, I never covered a more entertaining off court sideshow than what we witnessed last season with DeShawn and LeBron, Soulja Boy and Jay-Z).

If you eliminate Boston's 107-86 win in Game 3, the Bulls have outscored the Celtics by just one point -- 573-572 -- in the other five. There have been 65 ties and 106 lead changes.


Didn't you learn from Rondo, Paul? You gotta hit me in the mouth to stop me. Yah! (AP Photo)

Game 1 had Derrick Rose's coming out party. Game 2 had Ray Allen and Ben Gordon making Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun proud. Game 3 was a blowout, but there were the bizarre death threats made against Celtics reserve Tony Allen, leading to beefed up security and even more drama. Game 4 had Allen and Gordon again topping each other with clutch three-pointers. Game 5 had Paul Pierce finding his sweet spot and dropping contested shots.

Then, last night in Game 6, there was John Salmons scoring 35 points in more than 59 minutes played; Brad Miller's redemption after getting popped in the mouth and missing two critical free throws two days before; Allen scoring an incredible 51 points with nine three pointers (by the way, the man should've gotten at least one shot in the final two minutes); Rajon Rondo tossing Hinrich like a rag doll; Pierce getting a bloody nose then later making Noah the hero -- when Noah stole his pass in the final 40 seconds (why was Pierce trying to get the ball to Brian Scalabrine!?!), dribbled the length of the court, dunked, fouled out Pierce, then made the free throw -- and the unfazed rookie Rose blocking Rondo's short jumper in the final seconds.

(Side note: You know there is a lot of excitement over Gilbert Arenas having 20 assists and one turnover in his two-game cameo performance this season. Well, Rondo had 19 assists and no turnovers last night!)

Like I said earlier, does this thing have to end on Saturday? The way these teams are going at it, this probably won't end Saturday night, or Sunday night, either. This series might wind up finishing Monday morning, with the winner catching a flight to play Game 1 against Orlando later that evening.

No team has been able to maintain an edge or momentum very long, as they trade big-time jumpers, watch their opponents howl and chest bump, then come right back to make them lower their heads in agony. No team is willing to yield or succumb to rubbery legs or exhaustion. This really is as good as NBA playoff basketball gets. Possibly better.

By Michael Lee  |  May 1, 2009; 9:05 AM ET
 
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This series has been the best series i have watched in a long time.. Last time i was this excited was when the Lakers and Kings were in the conference finals back in 2002... but by far.. this takes the cake..

Posted by: WizSkinsFan | May 1, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Great series! I am so pulling for the Bulls. Those young boys are scrapping and playing like vets. Refusing to say uncle. I bet Boston thought they would dispense of these guys earlier on. I know Barkley did. LOL

I hope our young guys are watching these games and seeing how it is done in the NBA. I can't take another season of watching them play with college level intensity and inconsistancy and immaturity. After all, if you going to get paid like the big boys you should try and play with the big boys. This series should be a requirement for them to watch. Maybe then they will learn how it is done. Rose and Noah are bringing it!

Posted by: ivyleague | May 1, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

I am rooting for Chicago but I am not sure they can stop the juggernaut that is Cleveland

Posted by: tundey | May 1, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

It's hard to beat the Celts in Boston, so the Bulls should still be underdogs, but they're a young team with plenty of stamina. I still get the feeling that if Garnett had been healthy this series would have been closed out in five or six, but so it goes.

There are interesting teams on the other side of the aisle in Houston, Dallas, and Denver. Hard to imagine the Mavs and the Nuggets winning the way they did, although Houston should have been a clear favorite over Portland. Of the three clubs, I suspect the Rockets would give the Lakers the most trouble.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 1, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

The Bulls - Celtics series is just amazing! With the improved Bulls, 76ers and Hawks teams the Wizards, even with a healthy Arenas, will have a battle next season just to secure the last 2 spot in the playoffs.

Posted by: Dave381 | May 1, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I am really amazed by the improvement Big Baby Davis made since last season. With the injuries to Garnet and Powe, Chicago obviously has more depth. The two late signees, Moore and Marbury give Boston nothing. On Chicago side, Tyrus Thomas finally plays like where he belongs and not like a bust.

But as a Wiz fan, I don't want to see Chicago advance. :)

Posted by: sagaliba | May 1, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

For the record, though, Gil only played 6 more minutes in his two games than Rondo did last night...

Posted by: augustwest2 | May 1, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

This is the type of basketball that sends thousands of kids to the courts and gyms across America and worldwide.

It is what is known as Shake and Bake Basketball, Run and Gun, Lets Go Back, and Talkin Trash Basketball.

It is hard played and hard fought basketball. It is basketball where the players on the floor have received the coaches instructs and they fight the battle on the floor.

It is the kind of basketball that I like. Where, you don't jerk players from games, where the vets play along with the rookies and the inexperienced. Where the coaches understand what is going on the floor.

And more importantly, when you get your Team to understand what they see in this series, then anything can happen, and the traditionality of whom always win is not a given, and a Team like the WASHINGTON WIZARDS has every right to believe that they have just as good a fighting chance as anyone else.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 1, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

What we are seeing from the young players and rookies in these series is Teams who have integrated them into there Team play and let them play and learn on the floor.

Teams like the Wizards that think young players and rookies have to earn there minutes and when they make mistakes they bench them will never achieve what we see from these players in this playoffs.

But hopefully, this is a new day for the Wizards with Flip and hopefully he understands the value in entegrating all your Teams players properly.

I can see them not wanting to start JaVale McGee this past year, but McGee was good enough to have been invited to the Rookie Allstar Game. His non-invite is a blight for the Wizards and not him.

McGee, Blatche, Young, Crittendon, and McGuire, and especially the first four, were coaches based on their negatives and not their positives.

McGuire was given more of chance than any of the others, but just think if the Team had the right approach as we see evident in these playoffs by there coaches, how much better the players and the Team would be.

I know I play to the Piper, but the play in these Playoffs this year is exhilirating, outstanding, and I know emphatically that we had players this year that were sorely mismanaged. The Wizards have players, but too many of us want to show them the door and we haven't even seen them in there Sunday Best yet.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 1, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I said the Wizards could play with any east team last year after, after taking 3 of 4 from Boston without Gil, and then Boston being extended 7 by Atlanta and Philly. Whether they can beat the top east teams comes down to health, and role and bench play. The puppies have had enough time to compete now. Barring a lack of health, next year there will be absolutely no excuse. They should make the east finals. If they don't go at least 7 games in a second round matchup, break up the Big 3.

Posted by: G-Man11 | May 1, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Don't see this as quite as good a series as it's getting played as. Very exciting and entertaining, lots of passion, but... so much sloppiness. Almost like March Madness college ball. I've enjoyed it, but I can't help that the stakes aren't high enough to make it a true classic - my hunch is that the winner gets waxed by Orlando next round.

Posted by: GshawnJohnson | May 1, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Great games, but its the first round of too long playoff season. Not exactly classic material.

Posted by: loux24 | May 1, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

yea both these teams are both playing like the know their glory is coming in winning this series and then preparing for some tropical destination

Posted by: bford1kb | May 1, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Quite a game last night.
I'm impressed with J. Noah.
Last year when he played he made a lot of mistakes and looked lost the few times that I saw him play. Still he avg'ed 20 min/game.
It sure payed off for the Bulls to let him learn in games.
The Wizzies Rooks and youngs will learn in bits and pieces and after we give up on them and ship them to another team they will be playing like Noah.
2008-2009 Wizzies season coulda been productive.
But I guess teaching them a lesson is more important than building a winning team.
And those 19 wins will look good on someones resume.

Posted by: VBFan | May 1, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Can we please get Ivan back....at least he posted sonething over the weekend. This cat we got now, post more about other teams than he does the Wizards?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 1, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Bulletsfan78

Give Michael Lee a break! The reason he hasn't posted about the Wizards is that there ai'nt no news right now. Yes, Ivan did a great job, but Michael has done equally well if not better so far, giving us objective analysis of the Wiz's situation, and not being afraid to call out management or players. Right now the focus SHOULD be on the playoffs. If the Wiz were still in the mix, you can be sure they would be the focus of his posts.

Posted by: pk24 | May 2, 2009 2:03 AM | Report abuse

Amen to that pk24!

Posted by: Goelez | May 2, 2009 5:07 AM | Report abuse

Bulletsfan78:Give Michael Lee a break! The reason he hasn't posted about the Wizards is that there ai'nt no news right now."

When did that ever stop a blogger?

But if you want, we could start a campaign to replace Michael with Ed Tapscott.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 2, 2009 6:52 AM | Report abuse

The bulls did every thing to stay close in all 6 games, they forced 7 over time games.They did it with good defense and much up.They dominated the offensive board in all games and out played in fast break.The coaching staff identified all potential strength off the defending shampions and find a solution.Despite allen's 9 three pointers in one game they defended the perimeter very well.It was so nice to see how they handled paul in the 3rd over time.I hope the wiz. new coache will look on the main problem of our team and resolve it before it gets late.Personaly we just need the 2007-8 team with or with out arenas to be in play off.If we would have passed the 1st round, we would have done the same thing to boston.
the long time problem of the wiz is poor perimeter defense, it is growing at this stage due to the phylosophy of the former coache to close the paint and take your chance attitude.You call time out and set up ineffective offense with out touching on defense, the only time i saw wiz's old coache tried to change games by defense is when he put jefferies on james in game 4- and 5 of the 20054-6 playoff.
If the wiz wants to go all the way, they need to learn how to play against the strength of the opponent team.The current roster is not too bad there is no need to rash for summer trade except few attempts to improve rebounding and a consistant SG.Personaly i prefer midseason trade if the intention is improvment.The ET amd MJ money can give us the best chance to land another star in our roster.we are not in a position to add a highly paid free agent like boozer or gordon without touching the big 3.players like boozer,rip hamilton,the brazilian forward in ohio,james posey,Hinirich,raja bell and Michele redd can improve the team very well.By the way what about jason Richardson from thedesert ? if we land him here with out touching the big 3 we will be in eastern confrence final.

Posted by: gtefferra | May 2, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

"What we are seeing from the young players and rookies in these series is Teams who have integrated them into there Team play and let them play and learn on the floor.

Teams like the Wizards that think young players and rookies have to earn there minutes and when they make mistakes they bench them will never achieve what we see from these players in this playoffs.

But hopefully, this is a new day for the Wizards with Flip and hopefully he understands the value in entegrating all your Teams players properly.

I can see them not wanting to start JaVale McGee this past year, but McGee was good enough to have been invited to the Rookie Allstar Game. His non-invite is a blight for the Wizards and not him.

McGee, Blatche, Young, Crittendon, and McGuire, and especially the first four, were coaches based on their negatives and not their positives.

McGuire was given more of chance than any of the others, but just think if the Team had the right approach as we see evident in these playoffs by there coaches, how much better the players and the Team would be.

I know I play to the Piper, but the play in these Playoffs this year is exhilirating, outstanding, and I know emphatically that we had players this year that were sorely mismanaged. The Wizards have players, but too many of us want to show them the door and we haven't even seen them in there Sunday Best yet.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 1, 2009 11:28 AM "

Uh, don't forget that the Bulls also don't have poison pill vets like MeTawn and Gilby whose mantra is "do as I say, not as I do..." and who have ever really taken any of the players under their wings (esp. MeTawn) and acted like a mentor b/c he knows he'll mentor them right into the starting lineup.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 2, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Here's something funny...all those people on this blog saying Leonsis wouldn't be able to do any better with Les BouleS b/c he ran the Caps into the ground....well, eat your heart out.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 2, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to say, but Antawn Jamison need to come off the bench. He would make a great 6th man, he can't stay healthy as a starter, and he is a defensive liability at the #4 spot.

It's the curse of Washington sports teams. They never like to develop from within and they ride veterans until there is absolutely no gas in the tank. We have some talented youth that need to see more time specifically at the #4 spot.

Posted by: Vicc | May 2, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to say, but Antawn Jamison need to come off the bench... he can't stay healthy as a starter...


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now that's funny...

Posted by: crs-one | May 3, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

I support Rocket to win the championship because there is Yao Ming in their team! He is a perfect guy.

Posted by: hanfei_hf2003 | May 3, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

I guess being Wizard fans made some people on here okay with being well below average. Defend Michael all you want but this is a joke that only 25 posts have been made since 9:13 am Friday morning.

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 3, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Gosh, I don't mind fewer posts, the Wiz season is over after all. Just wish a couple would make sense.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 3, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Yeah Michael, BulletsFan78 does have a point.

Even though the season is over, we are into the playoffs, and an exciting one at that.

You should post daily in correlation with the playoffs and the Wizards as some of us have done.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 3, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

And by the way Michael the Bulls and Celts are not Going and Going anymore.

Or is it you don't work weekends?

Contractual negotiations wit the departure of Ivan. Huh.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 3, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Celtics have narrowly avoided being eliminated in the 1st round after being the NBA champs. It will be hard to see them get any further without Garnett.

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Posted by: jae_cho08 | May 3, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm one of the few who hasn't been overly impressed with this round of playoffs. I thought Boston and Chicago both lacked interior defense, as evidenced by the ease with which their respective PGs went to the basket. Miami-Atlanta was mostly alternating blowouts. New Orleans seemed completely unprepaed for Denver, and San Antonio looked like another team entirely from earlier years. Orlando has been off its feed since late in the regular season, and I thought Houston should have beaten Portland in 5 games.

Really, who's going to stop Cleveland and LA, except on another?

Posted by: Samson151 | May 3, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

This series between Dallas and Denver, the commentators keep reiterating the fact that Denver's bench goes 9-deep and Dallas' bench is really only one deep (Jason Terry).

Those kinds of comments validates my premise that the Wizards Team can be at its best if our coaching philosophy goes 8-10 deep.

We have the players to do it. Those days of a 5-7 man rotation are over. This is not yesteryears playoffs anymore.

The play is too intense, one or two injuries has major implications, and Teams play out of the box. Atlanta for instance, has an Offensive philosophy that dares you to let them shoot from three. Shooting from three is a major part of there Offense, BY DESIGN.

So if you have the players, you better be makin' it happen 8-10 deep to increase your chances of success in the regular season and in playoffs.

Now I like both Denver and Dallas, 'cause they both play UpTemPo ball.

But since Denver is better Defensively, I'd love to see Dallas win just to make all you Defense Guru's mad. Ha! Ha!

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 3, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I remember when George Karl played basketball at Carolina.

And in case some of yawl didn't know, George Karl for most of his career at Carolina was the man.

George Karl had game.

I only bring up all this, 'cause he looks nothing like he did at Carolina. Everytime I look at him know, I wonder what in the hey happen to him.

He had one of those body physiques that would never indicate he would become a fat old man.

But, besides getting fact, he did not loose any of that Carolina Tarheel knowledge and passion for the Game.

You see all you folks that like to point out the weaknesses in folks games like Antwann and Brendan, let me tell you a little secret.

Them boys or Dem' Tarheels ya' mit' say, don't dwell on negativity. They was taught how to play ball from the positive side of the court, despite what you might hear Antwann say at times.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 3, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Samson151,

I had commented before the playoffs started that in the East, Boston would not be Clevelands main concern.

Orlando I said would be there main concern. We got one more round to go. Can you imagine the look on Lebrons face when they get kicked out the east by Superman.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 3, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

"Orlando I said would be there main concern. We got one more round to go. Can you imagine the look on Lebrons face when they get kicked out the east by Superman.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 3, 2009 5:48 PM "

Just b/c you think it would happen has no bearing on whether it actually will.

I think Lebron's got the kryptonite for Superman.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 3, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Hubie Brown well respected by a lot of the Bloggers here reiterates again the huge advantage of Denver having a 9-man rotation.

He even went so far as to say that it takes the commitment of the coach and the organization.

Now to be fair we know that with the way that players have been subbed and yanked the past six years on the Wizards Team that there was no commitment to a player rotation that high.

Now folks familiar my blogging know that I feel the Wizs will be best with an UpTemPo 8-10 man rotation.

If you have an 8-10 man rotation as a philosophy, injury and bad play becomes less of factor. And the biggest benifit is that your whole Team knows that they are a major part of the success of the Team and it inspires them to play well.

You can't have players riding the bench telling them to be ready when called and when you call they just might make a mistake and then you bench them.

What kind of coaching is that?

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 3, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

"You see all you folks that like to point out the weaknesses in folks games like Antwann and Brendan, let me tell you a little secret.

Them boys or Dem' Tarheels ya' mit' say, don't dwell on negativity. They was taught how to play ball from the positive side of the court, despite what you might hear Antwann say at times.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 3, 2009 5:40 PM "

And for every heel that makes it, you also have a lot more guys like Joseph Forte and Jawad Wiliams.

BTW, nobody is questioning MeTawn's ability to score and rebound, but in terms of being able to carry a team or mentor young guys, nnnnoo.

Don't overhype the tarheel badge, b/c the last guy who lead a team to get a ring was MJ, and that was about 11 years ago.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 3, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Just b/c you think it would happen has no bearing on whether it actually will.

I think Lebron's got the kryptonite for Superman.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 3, 2009 6:05 PM

Yeah you right in what I might think, but I keep having them flashbacks seeing superman flying across the front of the rim and smacking Lebron's shot out of bounds and that funny puzzled look on Lebrons face that said, "I don't have an answer for that."

But still DC_Mann88, thats' one series away from happening again, but if it happens...

Get your Bloggin' Pen ready, 'cause its gonna' be on, Ya' heard me.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 3, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

"Really, who's going to stop Cleveland and LA, except on another?"

I don't see anyone in the East stopping Cleveland, but I believe the Lakers are more vulnerable than people think. They're not a lockdown defensive team and they have a tendency to relax with leads and let teams back into games, then stand around and watch while Kobe trues to bail them out. I could see Denver giving them a challenge because they're so athletic with so many weapons. I could also see them having trouble with the Rockets defense but, on the flip side, if the Lakers keep the ball out of Yao's hands I'm not sure Houston has enough other guys who can pick up the slack.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 3, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Don't overhype the tarheel badge, b/c the last guy who lead a team to get a ring was MJ, and that was about 11 years ago.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 3, 2009 6:14 PM

The Lakers and Detroit had Tarheel Alum' on their Champioship Squads, but your point is good.

Maybe the Wizards can change all that, expecially if they end up with a third Tarheel in Lawson or Hansbrough.

Wouldn't that somethin'.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 3, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

kalorama: "I believe the Lakers are more vulnerable than people think. They're not a lockdown defensive team and they have a tendency to relax with leads and let teams back into games, then stand around and watch while Kobe trues to bail them out.."

Could well be. I recall thinking the Wizards victory over Cleveland late last season showed some exploitable weaknesses in the Cavs, too. Seems to me that if Ilgauskas is closely defended, they've only got two create-your-own-shot types -- James of course, and Mo Williams. I'm trying to think of who can reliably fill it up off the bench.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 3, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I hate it but it looks like LaBron & Kobe.
I'm gonna root against them but if they DO get to the finals I'll root for LBJ cause I don't like that Kobe bought himself out of that rape charge.
If Mike Vick raped someone instead of killing dogs he'd still be QBing the Falcons.
Hard to buy off a pit bull.


Posted by: VBFan | May 3, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm gonna root against them but if they DO get to the finals I'll root for LBJ cause I don't like that Kobe bought himself out of that rape charge.

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Guilty until proven innocent reigns supreme i suppose.

Posted by: crs-one | May 3, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

"Yeah you right in what I might think, but I keep having them flashbacks seeing superman flying across the front of the rim and smacking Lebron's shot out of bounds and that funny puzzled look on Lebrons face that said, "I don't have an answer for that."

But still DC_Mann88, thats' one series away from happening again, but if it happens...

Get your Bloggin' Pen ready, 'cause its gonna' be on, Ya' heard me.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 3, 2009 6:31 PM "

DHoward may have a highlight here and there, but he'll have Big Z, Big Ben, and Varejao sitting on his back.

DHoward, a career .601 FT shooter may be given the Hack a Shaq treatment if need be.

BTW, there's really no sense talking about this match up until Orlando actually beats the Celtics.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 3, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

"Seems to me that if Ilgauskas is closely defended, they've only got two create-your-own-shot types -- James of course, and Mo Williams. I'm trying to think of who can reliably fill it up off the bench."

The difference is that the Cavs win mostly with defense where as the Lakers win mostly with offense.

Cleveland plays such great defense that they can hold down the other teams scoring to the point where Cleveland can win with only two guys scoring (esp. if one of those guys is Lebron James). The Cavs don't have to score 100+ to win games, but the Lakers, more often than not, do.

(Also, shutting down Ilgauskas isn't that easy to do, because if you take away the inside he can step out to almost 3 point range, which draws opposing bigs away from the basket and opens the middle up for James and Williams.)

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 3, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

I like Superman and Kolby. Superman gets payback for letting the short one in New York play cryptonite. Ha! Ha!

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 3, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

BTW, there's really no sense talking about this match up until Orlando actually beats the Celtics.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 3, 2009 9:19 PM

Yeah, thats right and one other small matter. Cleveland has to beat Atlanta too.

But the statistical analysis of Atlanta winning is zero because no team who has lost 4-0 or worse in the regular season to a Team has never beaten them in the playoffs.

However, Orlando has no such odds against the Celtics, thus there is a statistical probability that they can.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 3, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it great discussing other NBA teams rather than the WIZARDS because we've nothing to blog about at this point? Way cool.

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 3, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

"Isn't it great discussing other NBA teams rather than the WIZARDS because we've nothing to blog about at this point? Way cool.

Posted by: glawrence007 | May 3, 2009 10:47 PM "

Even if it were the regular season, Les BouleS wouldn't be much to blog about either.

I do think Leonsis can overturn the curse for Les BouleS as he's clearly done for the Caps, formerly known as the choking dogs.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 3, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

"The difference is that the Cavs win mostly with defense where as the Lakers win mostly with offense."

I know Wiz fans are supposed to despise Cleveland, but it would nice to see another new champ crowned.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 4, 2009 5:08 AM | Report abuse

I know Wiz fans are supposed to despise Cleveland, but it would nice to see another new champ crowned.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 4, 2009 5:08 AM

Yeah, it might be nice to see a New NBA champ not named before. But, that new champ might be Orlando. If Orlando beats Boston, I think they will beat Cleveland as well.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 4, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I do think Leonsis can overturn the curse for Les BouleS as he's clearly done for the Caps, formerly known as the choking dogs.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 3, 2009 11:23 PM

The Curse of Les BouleS has been one of your rallying calls.

What exactly does this curse apply too?

You know only eight Teams have won an NBA Ring since this franchise did.

If we look at the entire League Les BouleS ain't really been that bad.

When Washington used to be the Washington Capitals, no relation to the Wizards except by name that organization even made it to a championship.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 4, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

For everyone who got on me because I told the truth about Michael it's 12:50 pm and still no new post.

I don't know about the rest of you, when I use to work for a living I would have been fired if I did the kind of job Michael is doing.

I got an idea why doesn't the post let Larry, Kal, DC_MAN88, Samson151, and others make guest post?

They would have to be better then this CAT?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | May 4, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"The Curse of Les BouleS has been one of your rallying calls.

What exactly does this curse apply too?

You know only eight Teams have won an NBA Ring since this franchise did.

If we look at the entire League Les BouleS ain't really been that bad.

When Washington used to be the Washington Capitals, no relation to the Wizards except by name that organization even made it to a championship.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 4, 2009 10:23 AM "

If you don't see a curse, then you either need to put on your coke bottles or stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

I don't think there's another team out there that's pretended to try so hard, had the best mom and pop intentions, but failed so miserably.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 4, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

For everyone who got on me because I told the truth about Michael it's 12:50 pm and still no new post.

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usually people point out this is the "wizards" insider to criticize the authors for not focusing on the wizards.

maybe this will work in their favor this time.

I would imagine that in his contract, he is not required to maintain the wizards insider blog as intensely as you expect once the wizards are no longer making news.

Posted by: crs-one | May 4, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

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