I never quite agreed with the old 'the pen is mightier than the sword' adage. Think about it. If you took a Bic into a fencing match, it's going to get ugly, isn't it? I much prefer the 'sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me' saying. With that said, Boston fans stop squirming. This shouldn't hurt a bit.
The Celtics laid a hurtin on the Hawks last night. They won by 34, thus taking Game 7 and winning the series. The game was never in doubt and the Celtics showed why they had the best record in the NBA this season. Yeah, so everything was true up until that last statement. The Celtics were supposed to have the easiest first round series since Dr. Naismith poked a hole in the bottom of a peach basket and dropped a ball through it. And instead they barely make it to the second round.
All the experts picked the Celtics to sweep, and while I do think Atlanta has a talented team, I thought the same. So in that sense the whole city of Boston should be disgusted. There shouldn't have been cheering and highfiving going on at the game last night. There should have been a lot of finger pointing and 'it's about time' yelling.
The Celtics had the best record in the NBA by far this year. They sport a trio of superstars in Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce. The Hawks have a lot of young talent but no one can be put into the category the Boston 3 are in. The Celtics swept the series in the regular season, winning each game by double digits. There is no way this game should have went more than 5 games. But what is even more embarrassing is that the Celtics lost all 3 games on the road, including blowing double digit leads in 2 of them and having the lead going into the 4th quarter in 2 of them. If the Celtics can't close out the games they have late leads in, LeBron James is going to have as much fun with them as a guy with a shoe fetish would have in Imelda Marcos' closet. (Really, an Imelda Marcos reference in an NBA piece? For that matter, an Imelda Marcos reference, period?). Anyway...this was the ONLY series that went to 7 games and it pitted the playoff team with the best regular season record against the team with the worst.
I forgot to mention that the Hawks were 8 games under .500 in the regular season while the Celtics were 50 games over. Wait there's more. The Hawks had the worst record of any playoff team since 2003-04 when the, yes, Boston Celtics were 10 games under .500 and made the postseason. I am not trying to bash the Hawks in any sense, but this should not have been this close. And Boston fans should be terrifed that the Celtics didn't win a road game. Every other team in the playoffs so far has won a road game. This could be a huge problem in the upcoming series.
So like any foolish sports player who goes out and says 'I guarantee my team will win Game 7', well I guarantee the Celtics will not win the championship. Not this year at least. I would love to see someone from the East win it all, but with this past weeks performance, I can't believe it will be Boston. So sling your tomatoes. Well maybe you should just write something mean. Tomatoes are going to hurt.