I hope you had a chance to catch the Boston-Detroit game yesterday amongst the football action, it was worth the time if you're a Boston anyways.... I was surprised to see Iverson go from looking like an offensive force against New Jersey and then not really making an impact against the Champs (though he was one of the few Pistons to crack double figure points). I know Iverson is slightly past his prime and no one has better team defense than the Celtics, but I expected him to look for his shot more. While we are talking about A.I., where was he (and Rip Hamilton) to finish the game out?
The 12-point margin is misleading as Boston had held them to 29 points in the 1st half on a shooting percentage in the low 20's. Whenever the C's get a comfortable lead (they were up by 22 midway thru the third) they seem to get lax on the offensive end and prone to take ill-advised shots. Usually inserting KG back into the lineup and either Pierce or Allen can remedy the issue, but it's one thing to work on to take what you can from the game. The defense was great for about 3 or 3-1/2 quarters, especially in the second when they held the entire Detroit team to 10 points.
All of this leads me to the subject: Will the Celtics experience a hangover effect tonight from this big win? I say big in the sense that the game was as big as an early season game could be, other than a classic Lakers-Celtics battle. This Toronto Raptors squad has the new look with Jermaine O'Neal to team with the solid All-Star Bosh, while clearing Ford to the Pacers to clearly go with Calderon at point has seemed to benefit them so far. Even with a semi-stud lineup that Sam Mitchell puts on the court, the Celts should have the advantage at most of the 5 positions, but as we all know, we don't play the games on paper....
My pick is that the Parquet Posse will have their hands full, but will be able to emerge victorious by a 9 point spread, 96-87.