So much has happened since the last Fat Commentary, so I am gonna try my best to catch everyone up on the world. I have a few commentaries loaded up ready to roll, but we will get to those later.
So my St Patty’s Day assault on my liver actually began two weeks ago on my trip to the Garden to see Blake Griffin. Dude is straight filth and I was so excited to see him. What happens? He stunk, I blame KG’s D, but he was awful. Of course he didn’t have to do anything. Mo Williams thought he was Oscar Robertson for a night and was just ridiculous. He couldn’t miss, I thanked him for not ever being 10% as good when he was in Cleveland. If I wasn’t in the last row of the joint, I am sure he would not have been pleased. But when you consistently throw out a shit sandwich every time you play the C’s like he did, you should expect the verbal barrage. Since the miserable loss to the Clips the Celts have hit a little slide. People are so nervous about it but I ask why? This is a team that turned over half its roster at the deadline, played how many games with like 8 dudes and are still battling for that coveted 1 seed in the East. Rondo has not been very good lately, his minutes were up and his play was down, with a reliable ball handler in Arroyo now behind him, expect better play and less minutes. For those who were blaming the D, relax. There are a few reasons I say this. First, teams are shooting the f-ing lights out! I am not talking dunks and layups, I am talking ridiculous jumpers that have no business falling. Look at that loss to Jersey last Monday….did Deron Williams miss in the clutch? Christ Almighty that was brutal. Secondly, they are just getting back to full strength. Baby and D West were huge in the win in N’awlins the other night. That second unit is going to be very very very good, especially if the Diesel can get healthy. This will be the deepest team in the playoffs if it happens. Throw in Murph just rounding into shape and Pavlovic never leaving the bench and it’s all good. Chicago and Miami’s second units are a joke, that’s where the C’s need to step up. Play those teams even with your first unit and crush their spirits with the second unit. In a 7 game series Rose, Wade and LeBron can’t play 48 minutes every night.
I guess I should make some time for some real news and here it is…. HOLY SHIT JAPAN! You have to feel bad for them. That is just some awful stuff. I saw a picture in the paper of a woman talking through glass to her daughter who was diagnosed with high levels of radiation, just a shame. God Bless all of those people. And Libya? Honestly? How many wars can one country fight at once? Don’t get me wrong, I support all the troops and hope they beat the shit out of anybody that needs it, but man…I feel bad for them too. We just keep getting right in the middle of anything that goes on. I understand it comes with being the greatest country in the world and all but wowzers. Ok, enough serious stuff…moving along…
…the Bruins stink. Holy Moly do they blow right now. Just inept in every facet. Tank has hit a rut and Tuukka has been very good, unfortunately no one in front of him has been any good at all. Is it time for Claude to get the gate? Should Chiarelli take a page out of the Lou Lamoriello playbook? Cut ties with Claude and give Cam the keys to the car? Or Mike Milbury? Or anyone who will let these guys use their wheels and outskate people? Does Cam tell Chiarelli to F himself and that he should be on the same plane out of town that Claude is on? Sadly, I am not sure that puts them over the hump anyway. Normally one always says, hey anything can happen if your goalie gets hot and I usually agree, however if you look at the list of teams that have taken home Lord Stanley’s Cup since 2000 they all have one or two traits the Bruins do not…the first is a player that makes you say “Holy Shit, “He’s on the ice”. The Bruins just don’t have that player. Looch might become that guy at some point, but not now and I am pretty sure EVERYONE was looking for a little more from Nathan Horton. Inconsistency has plagued him all year. The second thing they don’t have is that entire line that makes goalies poop their pants. Even the ’06 Canes had that Staal line that was just a friggin machine. Claude needs to take the training wheels off these guys and let them skate. They brought in Kaberle, Peverly and Kelly and then put the brakes on them. These dudes are excellent skaters, let them fly. The defense first philosophy is great, but with some of the guys you have you need to let them be professionals, let them get out, forecheck and skate their asses off. All the while assuming they will remember their defensive principles when it counts. I am just not sure Claude is comfortable enough with himself to do it and if he doesn’t, we will be waiting another year for our chance to see anyone wearing the spoked B lift Lord Stanley’s Cup over his head.
And since it is March…it is time for the Big Dance…but since this blog is already ridiculously long, we will save that for another time.