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Should we consider Boston a title contender now?

Apr 11, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

Brandon Bass,  Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo

The play for the first three quarters of this season confirmed the conventional wisdom going in — the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls were the class of the East, everybody else was a couple of steps back.

But in the past 10 days, the Boston Celtics have thumped the Heat twice. And although the Bulls beat the Celtics in that time frame, anybody who has seen Chicago of late and waited for the return of Derrick Rose knows the Bulls are not at their peak. They look vulnerable.

With their play of late, do we have to consider the Celtics contenders?

Yes. But for them everything needs to go right — health, good matchups. Which is pretty much what everyone said about Dallas before last playoffs and…

Boston has certainly hit its stride of late. That all starts with their defense — that has been their calling card during this run, it had taken a small step back in recent seasons but this year they are back to being the best defensive team in the league. When you defend like that, you have a chance every night in the playoffs. And Kevin Garnett is still at the heart of that (and he’s scoring well of late, too).

The Celtics also are getting great play from their role players — against the Heat on Thursday Greg Stiemsma was a force in the first half, defending at the rim and knocking down midrange jumpers. The emergence of Avery Bradley has allowed Doc Rivers to bring the scoring punch of Ray Allen off the bench, giving the Celtics frightening depth. Brandon Bass is an upgrade from Big Baby. Even guys like Sasha Pavlovic are stepping up.

Rajon Rondo keys the offense — he is the guy who has to create for others, to get some easy buckets in transition, he has to keep the ball moving. Boston has become an offense that finds the mismatch and takes what the defense gives them. Miami gave them jump shots, Boston was disciplined and knocked down the looks. Boston also runs some nice Paul Pierce/Garnett pick and rolls, plus they move off the ball well.

It may come down to matchups — Boston clearly gives the Heat trouble. Boston’s ball movement exposes the help rotations of the Heat, then Boston has guys who can knock down the jumpers. It was not a lack of effort from the Heat Tuesday night, they just struggle with Rondo and Boston. Chicago — from the same defensive school as the Celtics — may be a tougher matchup for the Celtics. And it’s also the more likely second round contest.

But right now, when you talk of teams that have a chance to come out of the East, you have to mention the Celtics. They have earned their way into the conversation.

  1. anotheryx - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Seems they can beat any team in one series, but question is can they do that often enough.

  2. pudgalvin - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    I just don’t see it, especially if they have to beat any team with size. The Bulls and the Pacers would absolutely rebound this team to death. And it’s hard to imagine them having the firepower to hang with the Heat for seven games. I know they put up a crazy amount of points last night, but can they rely on KG shooting 85% for a series? They’re a good team but I just can’t envision them getting out of the second round. And more than likely they’ll get the Bulls in the second round, which to me is the Celtics just playing a bigger, more athletic version of themselves.

    • colincb - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      The Celtics should be able to beat everyone else but the Bulls in the East. They Celtics won the last two games against Indiana, a team who I like but who need a real PG. Boston also matches up very well with Miami, who could use a real PG too. KG>CB and they have no answer for Rondo except to cover him with LBJ or DW which hurts their coverage on Pierce or Allen. If Rose is healthy, I’d favor the Bulls, but he’s not yet. The Cs lost the last game vs a Rose-less Bulls, but it was a scheduling loss (back-to-back on the road against a rested team) where they dominated the first half and ran out of steam in the second.

      As good as Boston’s defense can be against many PGs, Rose and CP are on another level altogether. The Bull’s rebounding is the other major issue. The two teams don’t play again, but it would be interesting to see how Boston’s new lineup would fare against Chicago with a healthy Rose (and Rip). Have to think the Bulls win. Boston also need Pietrus back who plays good defense against 2s and 3s and is another 3FG shooter.. They’re doing all this damage with an 8 man rotation and that’s not quite enough in the playoffs.

    • giselleisasucubus - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      the same Pacers who just got outrebounded and beat in their own gym by Boston? Chicago will give them issues. Indy wont.

      • pudgalvin - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:40 PM

        What if they have to play the Raptors?

  3. keyshawn22 - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Celtics are peaking at the right time. We are capable of beating anybody. The only thing that can stop us besides health is rebounding… If we can rebound even decently it is over for the rest of the nba. they might as well just hand us the trophy right now

    • lmoneyfresh - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      unless you’re playing the bulls without rose…

    • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Keep on dreaming, Boston idiot. And leave the “we” out of it, because the rest of us all know that you aren’t on the team.

      • aboogy123456 - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        Actually I would say fans are a part of the team, so why can’t he say “we”??

      • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

        Fans are NOT part of the team…they are merely spectators. NOTHING that fans do really affects performance, therefore to use “we” is ignorant.

      • pudgalvin - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:12 PM

        Nonsense. Sports don’t exist without fans. It’s not like these teams are going to go play a game even if no one shows up. Fans are absolutely part of the team.

      • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:18 PM

        In that case, I guess I can claim to be a part of the crews that won at this year’s Oscars, given that I watched the films, clapped when they were over and hyped them to anyone who showed any interest in seeing any of the ones that I liked.

        Yes, teams rely on the fans to buy tickets, but they don’t win or lose based upon who shows up or not. If anything, most fans don’t start showing up regularly until the teams start winning. New England fans are notorious for this type of behavior. Couldn’t find a Pats fan before 2001, a Red Sox fan before 2004 nor a Bruins fan before last season. Even the Celtics fan base dwindled in the 25-year gap between the last title in the 80s and the one in 2007.

      • pudgalvin - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:54 PM

        Movies and sports are not the same thing. Poor analogy. You’re saying home field advantage doesn’t exist, which isn’t true. Fans absolutely affect the outcome of the game. There’s also research to back it up:

        http://sports-law.blogspot.com/2011/01/home-field-advantage-and-umpire-analogy.html

      • bozosforall - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

        The research is BS. But keep on thinking that you matter as regards a game’s outcome, loser.

      • pudgalvin - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:09 PM

        Ah yes, it’s BS because internet tough guy decided it is. Very good.

      • bozosforall - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        Internet tough guy? Look at the Boston fan base if you want to see “internet tough guys”. Most fairweather fan base on the planet.

      • pudgalvin - Apr 16, 2012 at 7:23 PM

        Who cares about the Celtics! I’m not a Celtics fan. Jesus. What do Celtics fans have to do with anything? That’s all you got? “Well, Celtics fans are dumb.” Oh, well in that case, the article with very well researched points must be nonsense, cause Celtics fans are dumb. God, the internet is a fantastic place.

      • bozosforall - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:23 PM

        Go pull yourself, pud. All two inches.

      • pudgalvin - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

        Internet tough guy indeed.

      • bozosforall - Apr 19, 2012 at 9:30 AM

        Glad to see that you finally admit to your Internet status.

  4. loungefly74 - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    last year’s playoff should serve as a reminder that a lot of teams are in it. before they started, i said there were 8 legit teams who could win it all.

    this year…i say at least 8 teams have a legit shot to win it. Boston, being one of them. heat, bulls, spurs, lakers, thunder, griz, and the pacers…all for different reason. heck, even dallas (again) and orlando could make a serious run.

    Celtic fans should be happy and pumped their squad is capable of doing some damage in the playoffs.

    • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      Thumbs down to loungefly74′s comment…since the stupid buttons are once again being manipulated by the site owners (NBC). That “0″ should at least be a “1″ (and probably more, since I have no way of knowing who else got cheated out of their vote).

      • illegalblues - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM

        yes, NBC has an obvious agenda here on their basketball blog.

      • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        Not an “agenda” just a manipulative way of running their board.

        Otherwise, please explain why MANY people here have complained about their non-offensive posts disappearing, thumb clicks not registering (or registering in the opposite column) and other similar situations where what a poster intended did not end registering.

        Until you can explain these descrepancies, kindly STHU.

      • illegalblues - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:22 PM

        the mods ain’t diggin on negativity and redneck level trolling. i’m cool with that. sorry if it bugs you, champ.

      • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        Not talking about “negativity” or “redneck level trolling”, moron. I’ve seen posters who never say anything bad have posts disappear, as well as posters who are trying to “thumbs up” someone and they can’t get the number to increase. Sorry if you are too stupid to realize that it cuts both ways, chump.

      • illegalblues - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:36 PM

        that’s a cute blanket statement. keep worrying ’bout those thumbs up, dude.

      • bozosforall - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

        Not “worried” one bit, loser. While I’m noticing how much emphasis Boston fans put on clicking that button on every Boston post. Looks like it’s Boston fans who “worry” about the totals more than anyone else. Actions speak louder than words, chump.

      • illegalblues - Apr 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

        whoa, settle down dude. getting mad on the internet is bad for the blood pressure.

      • bozosforall - Apr 17, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        Who’s mad? Not me. If you want to watch people get mad on the Internet, just watch the responses to my posts, particularly from whiny little Boston fans. They have always been willing to dole out the insults, but just can’t seem to take them in return.

      • illegalblues - Apr 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM

        definitely mad

      • Kansachusetts - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

        Oh, bozosforall, I knew you were a Laker fan because you are so ANGRY this year. By the way, I have written many non-offensive posts (if you don’t count the ones that offend this year’s crop of bitter, disillusioned Laker fans) and none of the comments have been disappeared. So you must be right: NBC favors the Celtics! Yeah, that’s the ticket.

        Paranoia strikes deep, as Buffalo Springfield used to sing. One paranoid thought you might have that is not actually a hallucination, bozosforall, is the growing realization that while the Celtics just might make it to the finals if they can figure out how to beat Chicago, the Lakers don’t have the chance of an Odom in Dallas.

      • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        Nothing to be ANGRY about, Kansastupid. Especially since the Lakers lead the Celtics 10-4 in titles in the modern era.

      • Kansachusetts - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:01 PM

        That would be sharp retort, bozonamecaller, if we were living in the past. If I wanted to live in the past, I would live in the pre-modern era, when the Celtics kicked Laker butt. But, fortunately for us Celtics fans, we can live in the glorious present, where the Celtics kick Heat butt.

      • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM

        The glorious present where the Lakers have a better record in a tougher division than the Celtics do. Even more glorious is the fact that the Red Sox are in last place in their division, below even the lowly Orioles.

        And “kicking Heat butt” isn’t anything, given that they are the softest team in the NBA, not to mention major chokers.

      • mikeewright7 - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM

        who cares bout the redsoxs, u coming on a celtics post and try to trash talk their effort?? BOZO worry bout the Spurs and OKC and Memphis, more importantly worry bout Kobe’s jockstrap you sleeping with

        You DONT WIN BATTLES ON A CELTICS POST BEING ANTI-CELTICS,
        AND FOR THOSE WHO ARENT CELTICS FAN (ALL ABOUT 3 OF THEM WHO COMMENTED) ATLEAST GIVE CREDIT WHEN ITS DUE!

      • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 8:59 PM

        Not looking to “win battles” on the Internet. That only matters to losers in life such as yourself, mikeewrong. And as far as “sleeping with jockstraps”, you needn’t look any further than your own little corner of the world, where hordes of New Englanders sleep with Tom Brady’s jockstrap over their noses every night of their miserable lives.

      • loungefly74 - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        the gig is up. yes…kurt and i have a backdoor deal on the “thumbs”. ya got me. we also control over 82% of the world’s supply of duct tape.. mmmwwhahahaha!!! (evil laugh)

        bozo…the CPU i’m at, for example, properly downloads the PBT page but sometimes it doesn’t. that’s when my “thumbs” or comments don’t take. it happens…i think the browser might have something to do with it…but i’m no tech-geek.

        personally, i thought i was making a very generic bland safe comment about the playoff picture but i’m cool with your “thumbs down”, its all good. I won’t go all “Odom” on ya. (hehe)…and bozo, if you read my previous comments on here, you would know i’m one of the biggest Laker fans on this site. i have written many offensive posts (usually about my laker biased remarks) and all are still here. hey, if it makes ya feel better, i’ll give myself a “thumbs” down! Go Lakers.

      • bozosforall - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        loungefly, I’d never give you any credit regarding your claim that “kurt and [you] have a backdoor deal on the “thumbs” (maybe you have some other type of backdoor deal but I don’t want to hear about it).

        And explaining away an “update” of a single click is one thing, but try to explain why sometimes one clicks “up” and the “down” total immediately increases by one (or more) while the “up” number stays the same. Or the number goes up for a second or two, then reverts back to the prior lower number. You can’t logically explain either of those situations away.

      • loungefly74 - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        well, not sure what to say…computers mess up, man. all i was saying was the browser at certain computers i use suck and it doesn’t download stuff properly.
        hey man, i’m just pickin on ya about your conspiracy theory. nothing personal, man.

  5. mikeewright7 - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    I think the Celtics will do fine in the Playoffs, they are healty and MP is coming back soon , so thats more fire power off the Bench, A Healthy Celtics Team can win it all, 2008 champions, 2009 (Took Orlando to 7 without KG who was hurt) 2010( K.Perkins was hurt in the finals) 2011 (Lost of K.Perkins amd Rondo being Injured
    The only thing that can stop them in injuries!
    The only teams i see beating them is either Chicago, or OKC,
    Wade hasnt played well against Celtics this year

    • 140chrviolation - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      Blah, blah blah. Once again the self-absorbed Leper fans talk about their injuries and ignore all the injuries their opponents had to deal with. In 2008 you went up against a Lakers team with a starting center sitting in a suit and tie. In 2010, that same opponent beat you with that same center playing on one leg. Obviously you can blame injuries when you lose and ignore the injuries your opponent had when they lost due to injury and then beat you in spite of them, but that just reflects on your ability to be rational. As to CHI or OKC being the only team capable of beating the Lepers, I just hope we make it to the finals and get #17 against them. Bynum’s power, size and skill will tear Garnet up and Kobe will get to rest on D again as he gives Rondo 8 feet all series long.

      • mikeewright7 - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        LMAO Laker FANS,
        IM SURE YOU GUYS WILL MAKE IT TO THE FINALS WITH YOUR CENTER SHOOTING THREE POINTERS, AND KOBE BEING 8-45 EVERY GAME

      • mikeewright7 - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        OH AND BY THE WAY THUNDER WILL EAT LA ALIVE!

      • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        Boston will be the ones eaten alive…by the Bulls. LA only gets better as Sessions gets more comfortable with his teammates.

      • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        Oh, and by the way, mikeewrong is just that….WRONG!

      • drewzducks - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:15 PM

        #17 ? LA 11. Minneapolis 5. I’m sure the twin cities are loaded with people walking around in their hideous purple and urine yellow jerseys. Just like those in Indy longing for the days of Unitas to Berry.

      • bozosforall - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM

        Lakers franchise – 16 titles. Only crybaby Boston losers try to slight the LAKER franchise.

        Because if location of a franchise REALLY matters, then EVERY SINGLE New England sports fans that lives elsewhere should be discounted as a fan of any New England sports team. It cuts both ways, chump.

      • drewzducks - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:50 PM

        Ha. This coming from a loser who’s life ambition appears to be taking any opportunity to slight the greatest franchise in NBA history. Hypocrisy reigns supreme in bozo land.

      • bozosforall - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        Given that Red Sox fans throughout New England have taken every opportunity for nearly the last century to slight the greatest sports franchise in American history…the Yankees.

        Hypocrisy has always reigned supreme in New England…and with “drewsucks”.

      • drewzducks - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:19 PM

        Unlike you, a worthless SFB, I have respect for a great franchise like the Yankees, but using your own “modern era” logic enjoy your 7 world series titles.

      • bozosforall - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:19 AM

        7 WS titles versus a measly 2 for the Red Sox. 10 NBA titles versus a measly 4 for the Celtics in the modern era. Both ways, you Boston chumps lose.

      • loungefly74 - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        140chrviolation is absolutely right. you can’t play the “woulda, shoulda, coulda, ” game when talking about injuries. in 2010, the lakers beat boston. i’m surprised to hear squaks about that series. and if i’m not mistaken, rasheed wallace had a hella of a game! way better than what perkins would have did.

        mikewwright7, i’ll just say both the lakers and celtics have their work cut out for them to reach the finals again. please, root hard for your celtics, as you should. i’m gonna do that for my lakers. (who…by the way, before the season started, were favored to reach the finals last year and make a run for a 3rd straight ring…but whatever…)

        drewzducks, man…bringing up the title count is a double edge sword for you celtic fans….yeah, you guys got the most, i’ll give ya that…but have only added to that total by 1 in the past 20+ years…not something to hang your hat on…considering the celtics are one of the crown jewels in the NBA. Lakers on the other hand, we are catching up real fast.

  6. bearsstillsuck - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    I know I wouldn’t want my team meeting them in the playoffs.

  7. lphboston - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Anyone who has watched the Celtics all season knows two things:
    1. They are a better team with Bradley starting and Allen off the bench. They just are. Bradley and Rondo gives the Celts fantastic ball pressure and that makes things easier on the front line by pruning the shot clock. Over the course of a game that’s one or two minutes that Garnett, Pierce and Bass have to play defense. The bench depth is not frightening, as the writer says, but it’s good, and if Pietrus comes back for the playoffs, they’ll have a decent 8-man rotation.
    2. They can beat anyone when Rondo plays at a fast pace. Problem is, he takes games off and once every three or four games decides to walk the ball up the court, and this forces Boston into a half-court jump-shot offense. If the shots are falling, OK. If not, they can lose to Sacramento.

  8. BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    I will consider them contenders only if I can be assured that a coward won’t drag Rondo to the floor and intentionally injure him in the playoffs.

    With that certainty, I would say fear the Celts.

  9. giselleisasucubus - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Most of you are too young to truly appreciate the comparison, but this run is similar to Houston in 95. Old teams peak late, and the Celts have some young legs too that bring a spark and give them a transition game.

    • bozosforall - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:13 PM

      Not even a close comparison. The Houston team that went back-to-back was centered around a dominant center…while Boston has to rely on their point guard to make things happen. Then again, I never expect Boston sports fans to really understand the nuances of the game.

  10. mikeewright7 - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    I agree and they were the 5th seed correct? In case you Celtics doubters/hater arent aware, Boston does not need to be top 3 to win it all, HomeCourt is not an must for them, they are good on the road and home! Fans in other conference ex Lakers, worry about your conference Cause im sure OKC will torch you! And memphis is playing great right now fear them

    • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 8:56 PM

      The Celtics have a LOSING road record, mikeewrong. Try doing a bit of research before you run open your piehole.

    • bozosforall - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      OKC, mikeewrong? You mean the team that just lost to the Clippers, who are BELOW the Lakers in the division? The Lakers aren’t afraid of those losers.

  11. bradyisbetterthanrodgers - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    bozo i got news for u. the celtics right now are playing better than the lakers. the lakers arent going anywhere. the celtics have a better chance of a title than the lakers do this year

    • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      Lakers have the better record in a tougher conference, bradycheatsmorethanrodgers. Keep living in dreamworld.

  12. illegalblues - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    the playoffs more than ever are going to be a crapshoot this year. miami, chicago, and OKC should all be the easy choices but all have glaring holes in their game right now. you put boston’s team into slightly younger bodies and they’d be the runaway favorite. this team has HEART. i wouldn’t put it passed these guys to bark and scream and claw and scratch and illegal pick their way to a title

  13. theripster30 - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    The Celtics absolutely have a chance to win it all and I’ll tell you why. First, we’ve been down this road before with the Boston Celtics. They’ve been called too old since the season after winning their 17th title. Since then, the Celts have proven (more than once) they can still play at a championship level. Only 2 short seasons ago, the Celtics held a 13 point lead in the second half of game 7 in the NBA Finals. So there’s that.

    I wouldn’t call this team better than the team from two years ago, but the argument could be made. The key word is team. Regardless, the last time the NBA faced a shortened season, I remember the eighth seed New York Knicks getting hot at the right time. Like the Celtics, they were an older team. What they lacked in athleticism, they made up for in experience and defense, which was exposed in that amazing playoff run. Could they have made such a run if they had to play an additional 30 games? I doubt it. Either way, I have no doubt this Celtics team is better than the Knicks of 1999.

    Doc Rivers is a brilliant coach and he has smart, focused players. Part of the Celt’s genius is how they preserve themselves for the right time. I’m not crowning them, but this scenario has unfolded too many times in recent history to not give them their due. Should be a fun playoffs. There will be upsets.

    • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      Doc Rivers is a fraud. Without Thibodeau on his staff, he has not won anything of note…not before Thibs got there and not since Thibs left. Thibs will OWN Doc if and when the Bulls meet up with the Celtics.

      • gmsingh - Apr 12, 2012 at 9:03 AM

        Doc Rivers is a good coach, but Thibs is a couple of seasons away from being one of the best coaches of all time. There is no way the Bulls should have the best record in the NBA with Rose sitting for half the games.

      • bozosforall - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

        Thibs has coached a Top 5 defense for the last 16 years straight, as either an assistant or head coach. Thibs was long overdue for a head coaching gig, and the fact that the Bulls have the best record in the NBA with Rose sitting is the EXACT reason why he should be considered one of the best in the league.

  14. lakerluver - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Boston is a contender for the eastern conf championship and nothing more. I think they can beat Miami but not Chicago. OKC, the LAKERS, or the Spurs would crush the C’s in the Finals.

    • bozosforall - Apr 11, 2012 at 8:52 PM

      You got that right, lakerluver. They probably can’t even beat Miami in a seven-game series though.

  15. abchome - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Good enough to win a round or two.

  16. cullenand99 - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Lakers fans have got to be the most annoying people in the world.

    • bozosforall - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      They will never be more annoying than New England sports fans, the whiniest people in the universe.

    • fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:34 AM

      Annoying? Won’t you be “annoying” too especially if your franchise HAS BEEN THE MOST CONSISTENT contender and titleist for THE PAST THREE DECADES?

      You bashers are a bunch of HYPOCRITES.

      That being said, I still think the Celtics has the capability to get into the Finals.

      Hopefully they do.

      Only to lose to the Lakers.

      • bozosforall - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:50 PM

        NONE of the New England teams have been the “most consistent contender for the past three decades”. Especially the Celtics, who have only one ONE measly title in the last 25 years.

      • cullenand99 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

        I’m assuming you’re a Laker fan… because only they would say something like “titleist”. Hint Hint. “Titleist” is not, nor ever will be, a word.

      • fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        @cullenand99: And now we go on to spelling with your condescending remark. So sue me if I misspelled the word by accidentally including the “e”.

        So, Mr. HYPOCRITE. Stick to the issue as I slap the gauntlet to your face:

        Wouldn’t you be “annoying” as well if your team had those banners (read: most especially the recent years involved in the past three decades)?

        Making sweeping statements against ALL Laker fans makes you someone who doesn’t have sentido comon.

      • cullenand99 - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:14 PM

        First of all, Im sorry for generalizing all Lakers fans as annoying. I should’ve said that “bozosforall” and “fouldwimmerlaik” are the most annoying Lakers fans in the world. Again, my apologies to all the stand-up Lakers fans out there that have to put up with these guys. As for your question, NO I would not be as annoying as some Lakers fans are. Even if my team had as many championships in the past few decades as the Lakers. I dont like talking much trash. TALK IS CHEAP. Thats just me, though.

      • fouldwimmerlaik - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:54 AM

        And when did I talk trash about your team? Have I ever thrown dirt at them saying that they’re some bovine fecal matter like you?

        As a Laker fan, do you expect me to say that I hope the Celtics get into the Finals and beat the Lakers?

        You sir, not only are a hypocrite but an imbecile as well.

        HYPOCRITES and SOUR GRAPING (read: ENVIOUS) fans are the MOST ANNOYING ones.

        Yeah, I’m looking at you, kid.

        Now go and play in your sandlot.

  17. loungefly74 - Apr 13, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    i love all the banter between the laker and C fans…what’s great is we will find out who is legit real soon.

    as a laker fan, i like a our chances. i’ll admit, i’m hoping for a favorable playoff schedule/match-ups but whoever we play, we’re gonna play tough.

    • bozosforall - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Problem is, the Boston fans can only dish it…they can’t take it in return. Never could and never will be able to, because the dominance of the Yankees over their baseball team has been so long-running and so complete that their fragile egos are always one losing season away from causing them to scurry back under that rock that they lived under in the 1990s when none of the Boston teams won anything. Watch the bandwagoners run for cover once this little blip of success is done with.

      • giselleisasucubus - Apr 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM

        I can take it and return it you idiot. Hey clown, do us a favor and stop posting. You have no clue what your talking about. Do you live in New England, or do you base all your opinion off of other opinions, like a true moron? I think thats what it is. You clearly have no clue and the only reason YOU troll these sites is to start arguments. You are an uneducated jackass, and again, why dont you have the balls to say who your teams are? Instead of preaching about your Anti- Boston attitude, have the guts to back your own teams. What, you afraid?

      • bozosforall - Apr 20, 2012 at 6:35 PM

        Afraid? Of you? That’s a laugh.

        And as far as “education” goes, you couldn’t be more wrong. I’ve forgotten more about sports than you will ever know, girlsuckingbutts.

        I’ve been to New England too many times to count, not to mention working elsewhere with New England natives..and my opinions of you idiots are based upon experience, not the opinions of others. The term “Masshole” wasn’t just invented for nothing, chump. It fits you jerks perfectly.

        As for an “anti-Boston” attitude, try losing your collective “anti-New York” attitude that has permeated New England since New York took over as the most important city in the US. Add to that the collective insecurity caused by the Yankess owning your local baseball team for most of the last century and the resulting hypocrisy with which you attempt to try and call me out is laughable. I’ll post here as long and as much as I want to and there is nothing that you can do about it, loser.

  18. mikeewright7 - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Bozo, we can handle anything you Lakers throw at us, no matter if we won titles in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s hell even 100B.C we still have a upper over you guys..You Lakers fans are annoying like George Bush or Hitler <—————–LMAO…ok maybe i shouldnt brought them in it but its funny to me,
    Oh and its MikeWright not Mike Wrong
    Bozo is the correct name for you, like Bozo the clown… lol
    Your a fool to think the lakers are going to beat OKC in a series (Prolly the only team that can beat them in 7 honestly) but then again if Kobe plays like Jordan of the wizards and A.B wanna shoot 3pointers and Ron Artest ( i will call him that not that bull MWP) wanna be laid back on Defense then i like you guys chances

    J@CKA$$ Laker Fans (however i love this battle between LA & Celts fans)

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