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Celtics, Lakers lose; world stops spinning UPDATE

Posted on: January 7, 2009 1:17 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2009 4:18 pm
 

What has happened to the NBA we came to know and love? The NBA in which two dominant teams, both defending conference champions, would run roughshod over the competition and challenge historic marks for regular season wins on the way to a rematch in the Finals?

I wish no ill will on the Lakers or the Celtics. They are both proud, fine franchises. Both enjoyable teams to watch and cover. But I have to say it is refreshing that normalcy or parity or whatever you want to call it has slowly crept back into the NBA's collective consciousness.

The Celtics, who recently won 19 consecutive games and had people like myself charting their course to a new NBA record (34) and a 70-win season, have lost five of their last seven. Their stunning loss to the Charlotte Bobcats (114-106 in overtime) Tuesday night marked the second time since Christmas that they've lost two straight games. This one was the Knicks and Bobcats. Ugh. Celtics G.M. Danny Ainge was watching the game on his SlingPlayer while scouting D-League games here in Orem, Utah, yesterday. I would hate to have been sitting next to him at the final buzzer.

The Lakers, meanwhile, bid farewell to their 15-game home winning streak Tuesday night with a 116-105 loss to the Hornets. New Orleans and San Antonio are two teams in the West that are starting to gather steam. In the East, Orlando, Atlanta, and Detroit are starting to make some noise. I think that's good. One or two dominant teams are fun to look back on and appreciate, but they're boring to watch. It's much better this way.

UPDATE: InsideHoops.com has a game-by-game breakdown of the Celtics' slump that's worth reading.

Comments

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2009 12:53 am
 

Celtics, Lakers lose; world stops spinning UPDATE

Celtics/ Lakers is the trendy finals pick this year, but I  think lebron gets the cavs there with his improved supporting cast, and from there we will truly know whether king james has surpassed kobe as the nba's best.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2009 10:24 pm
 

What? No Cavs?


The Cavs & Lebron continue to get no respect in the national media...hilarious that Berger mentions all the top teams in the NBA except the one with the best record.  Yes...Orlando (I think two games behind the Cavs and have been right there with them all season) gets a mention as a team starting to make some noise...really...are they just starting to make some noise?  I'm pretty sure they've been a game or two behind the top teams in the East all season.  Oh yea, Detroit and Atlanta are making some noise as well...very nice.  How about this team called the Cavaliers...are they making any noise or are they quitely destroying the competition by the highest point differential in the league...shhhhh...don't tell anyone but the Cavs are pretty good...nobody knows yet but you heard it here first!!!



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2009 9:59 pm
 

Celtics, Lakers lose; world stops spinning UPDATE

Hello everyone. Good thread. I am going to have do disagree slightly with the 6-7 teams winning titles in 20-21 years being bad, and that the parity of the NFL is good for the sport. No, that is not the case.

     The NBA has a salary cap, so every teams has the same chance, theoretically. But, the teams that keep winning titles build themselves to win year in and year out. Good drafts, good signings, good players. The commitment, and frankly the talent, is not there with most of the inferior teams.

     Football has become too unpredictable. Teams fly out of nowhere and go 13-3, then suck the next year. Different champions almost every year, with different landscapes every year, it seems like. If it weren't for the Patriots, Colts, and Eagles (yes, the Eagles, most NFC playoffs this decade), there would be no consistency at all.

Just a thought, Montana to Rice, I am out. 




Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2009 9:49 pm
 

Celtics, Lakers lose; world stops spinning UPDATE

Let the Celtics and Lakers continue to lose...that's good news for the CLEVELAND CAVALIERS!!!!

P.S. The Cavs are now known as "THE BEST TEAM IN THE NBA"



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2009 8:01 pm
 

Celtics, Lakers lose; world stops spinning UPDATE

amazing point gregmadduxfan, great point



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2009 5:09 pm
 

Celtics, Lakers lose; world stops spinning UPDATE

Its should be no surprise to see the C's and Lakers drop a few game here and there just due to the fact that they where that last two teams standing last season. i am still shocked that the c's had such a good start considering that most teams that win rings struggle a little out the gate the following year. Please everyone keep in mind that unlike last year most teams that face the C's or Lakers have those scheduled games circled with a big red marker. Who isn't going to bring there A game to beat the defending champs or runner up's. I still feel that the C's are the team to beat and now that the almighty monkey is off there back the second half of the season will be business as usual.

As for the Pistions,Heat,magic and Cav's why wouldn't they be better this year? They are all going to be int he playoff's but who is going to take over the hill?




Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2009 5:04 pm
 

Celtics, Lakers lose; world stops spinning UPDATE

'06 = Miami

7 teams, still a very low number




Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2009 4:52 pm
 

Celtics, Lakers lose; world stops spinning UPDATE

I agree, two really good teams are cool for the finals, but no fun during the LONG regular season.



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2009 4:29 pm
 

Celtics, Lakers lose; world stops spinning UPDATE

I think since the celts won the championship last year, they shoulda been home for the christmas day game AT LEAST. not to mention the teams the celts have been losing to have, for the most part, been shooting lights out.



Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2009 3:21 pm
 

Celtics, Lakers lose; world stops spinning

DON`T FORGET THE HEAT UNDER PAT RILEY...

i see where burger is coming from..everyone panics and throws in the towel after a few losses.

the nba`s current elite teams are classy run franchises. and as history is always a great measuring stick its easy to see that top brass keep it that way for their respective teams for a long time...

the current elites {boston, lakers, spurs, detroit, } are shining examples..all doing things a bit differently in the front office through trades, players development or what haVe you, but all very strategic in their long term battle plans...

16 teams enter the post season and every year the the franchise that seems to battle their way through the "best of" series is usually a team with an amazing front office an gm with an exceptional basketball mind......



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