A San Antonio Spurs team has just lost a game by 30 points to a Los Angeles Lakers team who — before this year — hadn’t won a playoff series since 2004. The Lakers have won their first two respective series to advance all the way to the Western Conference Finals. Last series, the Spurs will down 0-2 to a New Orleans Hornets team but came back to beat them in seven (7) games. Now they’re heading to San Antonio, down 0-2 again, but this time to the Lakers. Has their ever been a team rattle off two comebacks from being down 0-2 in two consecutive series? Before last series, the Spurs have never came back from an 0-2 deficit in the Tim Duncan era, NEVER! But they did, and now you’re asking them to do it again?
First, go write a letter and tell Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to get their feet off the 3-point line and start opening lanes to the basket by running by (or past) the baseline. Tim Duncan just has to keep on doing his thing, but exert extra work in the post. Gregg Popovich has to, well, figure out a way to slap his team back into shape, as they’re going for their fifth (5th) title in 10 years, which would pretty much in effect solidify their argument of being a dynasty (I don’t have to explain for you first time readers, I have arguments — search them up on the site; there’s a search engine on TSTOS for a reason).
Leading games, losing games, choking 20 points leads, allowing buzzer beaters to happen, it’s all an annoying process of the playoffs for many teams’ fans. Y’know, it used to be an easy thing for me to go on the web and type, “Kobe Bryant is the best player in the NBA.” Now it’s tough, for some reason that’s beyond unknown to me. I just get irritably pissed off every time I think about it. It’s not because the Spurs are down 0-2 to his team, but maybe because I used to argue it so much, and now that I thought there were two other players (Chris Paul and LeBron James) that I thought were more deserving of the MVP, maybe it’s tough to write “Kobe Bryant, NBA’s best player, NBA M. . . M. . . VP.” I had to let out a huge sigh for that one.
The Celtics need to have Danny Ainge pull an A.J. Smith (GM of the NFL’s San Diego Chargers) move and fire Doc Rivers after the season (I’m wanting to see it regardless). Y’know, following the awesome Chargers’ 2006 campaign, they fired Marty Schottenheimer after a 14-win season. Even though Schottenheimer’s 50 times the kind of head coach Doc Rivers will ever be, Rivers can compare to that kind of facet. Rivers got along with talent through the whole season, and because he sucks balls with adjustments in the playoffs (I’m sorry for the blunt scrutiny), or even adjustments in general, he almost has his team ousted by a shitty Atlanta Hawks team who only won 37 games, that had the moniker of not even belonging in the playoffs in the first place! Rivers doesn’t know what he’s doing. And I’ll stick with that mentality. I want to see him show us Celtics fans some goddamn moxie for once. Because for what I’ve seen, Rivers has no balls or mind to belong in the NBA as a head coach, especially when you have a group of guys that are superior to many in the league, a Big Three that could go down as one of the best, if not the best trio in NBA history.
Doc Rivers, or the Celtics’ locker room = where clueless coaching happens.