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(ESPN)   The Chicago Bulls defeat the Boston Celtics by 16 points and outscore the C's by 22 in the paint. Clearly Danny Ainge never should've let go of Brian Scalabrine   (scores.espn.go.com) divider line 70
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2011-04-07 11:31:04 PM  
lol.

C's are officially in trouble.
 
2011-04-07 11:50:47 PM  
Subby

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2011-04-07 11:52:24 PM  
I should of said 'Hey Subby'
 
2011-04-07 11:58:50 PM  
Clearly Danny Ainge never should've let go of Brian Scalabrine Kendrick Perkins
 
2011-04-08 12:06:02 AM  
multimedia.heraldinteractive.com

Ref fart. Scal smash.
 
2011-04-08 12:11:12 AM  
www.tremendousupsidepotential.com

Fear this.
 
2011-04-08 12:16:03 AM  
cdn.bleacherreport.net

Our Scal is goofier than your Scal!
 
2011-04-08 01:11:42 AM  
Man, this is a fun team to watch. Love it.

img217.imageshack.us
 
2011-04-08 01:14:11 AM  
Love me some Scal. He dominates that bench like no other.


//In all seriousness, there are reports of him all over Chicago with his kids doing fun dad type stuff. Seems like a decent guy.
 
2011-04-08 01:18:18 AM  
Ainge really screwed up the chemistry on that team.
 
2011-04-08 01:25:11 AM  

DiscoSuperfly: Ainge really screwed up the chemistry on that team.


Yea, they are listless and don't seem to care anymore. Rondo especially.

Bulls-Heat should be epic. Lakers will easily win the West.
 
2011-04-08 01:29:29 AM  
I like how late in the third, the Celtics brought it within three points, then Deng hit a 3, then the Bulls stole the ball, scored, then stole the ball again and scored. Three possessions, and just like that, the lead's up to 10. Never looked back from there.
 
2011-04-08 01:33:45 AM  

Opiate of the Lasses: Bulls-Heat should be epic.


Just slightly. I mean, yea, Da Bulls beat the Heat all three games they played this season, but two of those were at home, and the total margin of victory was 8 points. Not exactly dominating. Though, a win is a win is a win.
 
2011-04-08 01:40:17 AM  
Having a lower seed means the Celtics are done going into the playoffs.

/right?
 
2011-04-08 01:54:37 AM  

tooeasy: Having a lower seed means the Celtics are done going into the playoffs.

/right?


i "hate" them, but i agree. this squad, even without Perkins are like cockroaches. Garnett has really rejuvenated this team since his trade.

i still think Garnett should have won MVP in '08 (even though i understand why he didn't...and more importantly why this series never existed...)

and "dumb homer stupidness" : so now Doc, how does that whole "Lakers haven't beaten our starting five" go now?

sorry, i swear it was to applaud both teams (they are good!). i'll watch the recent Lakers/Warriors game again to repent myself
 
2011-04-08 01:55:59 AM  
for Garnett, i meant Finals MVP. hooray for typing!
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2011-04-08 02:03:09 AM  
What the hell is Michael Rappaport doing in a Bulls uniform anyway!?
 
2011-04-08 02:05:30 AM  
By my eyes, the Bulls have clinched.

They're up 4 games on Miami and Boston with 4 left to play. So they've at least clinched a tie for best record.

Now Miami and Boston have a game left with each other. So they can't both go 4-0 over their last 4. The Bulls will, at worst, wind up tied with one other team.

Tiebreakers:

Bulls win the head to head against Miami.

Bulls split the head to head against Boston, but have a better division record by 2 games. They each only have one division game left, so the Bulls win division record.

So, go Bulls? Except why isn't anyone saying this?
 
2011-04-08 02:17:36 AM  

Dafatone: By my eyes, the Bulls have clinched.

They're up 4 games on Miami and Boston with 4 left to play. So they've at least clinched a tie for best record.

Now Miami and Boston have a game left with each other. So they can't both go 4-0 over their last 4. The Bulls will, at worst, wind up tied with one other team.

Tiebreakers:

Bulls win the head to head against Miami.

Bulls split the head to head against Boston, but have a better division record by 2 games. They each only have one division game left, so the Bulls win division record.

So, go Bulls? Except why isn't anyone saying this?


Because haters gon' hate?

D. Rose = MVP. Book it. Done.
 
2011-04-08 02:20:03 AM  

Joliet_Jake: Dafatone: By my eyes, the Bulls have clinched.

They're up 4 games on Miami and Boston with 4 left to play. So they've at least clinched a tie for best record.

Now Miami and Boston have a game left with each other. So they can't both go 4-0 over their last 4. The Bulls will, at worst, wind up tied with one other team.

Tiebreakers:

Bulls win the head to head against Miami.

Bulls split the head to head against Boston, but have a better division record by 2 games. They each only have one division game left, so the Bulls win division record.

So, go Bulls? Except why isn't anyone saying this?

Because haters gon' hate?

D. Rose = MVP. Book it. Done.


An article on espn.com claims Boston's still "mathematically alive". But I think they're just lazy.
 
2011-04-08 02:32:11 AM  

Dafatone: Bulls split the head to head against Boston, but have a better division record by 2 games. They each only have one division game left, so the Bulls win division record.


Wouldn't conference record be the tiebreaker, since they're in different divisions? The Bulls and Celtics have the same conference record.

/not that it matters, the Bulls are going to be the 1 seed. Who cares if it takes an extra day or two?
 
2011-04-08 02:36:59 AM  
Then again, it doesn't surprise me that Bulls fans wouldn't know about playoff tiebreakers since they haven't bothered following basketball since '98.
 
2011-04-08 02:38:30 AM  

IAmRight: Dafatone: Bulls split the head to head against Boston, but have a better division record by 2 games. They each only have one division game left, so the Bulls win division record.

Wouldn't conference record be the tiebreaker, since they're in different divisions? The Bulls and Celtics have the same conference record.

/not that it matters, the Bulls are going to be the 1 seed. Who cares if it takes an extra day or two?


Ah, that explains it. NBA.com's tiebreaker procedures are hard to read. Thought it'd be divisional record regardless.

Bulls vs Pacers? It's the 90s.
 
2011-04-08 02:46:22 AM  

IAmRight: Then again, it doesn't surprise me that Bulls fans wouldn't know about playoff tiebreakers since they haven't bothered following basketball since '98.


There was a season where Fred Hoiberg had the longest NBA tenure of any player on the Bulls. I believe it was 4 years in the league. That obscure enough for you?

And the tiebreak procedures on the NBA's site are dumbly formatted with the three-way and two-way rules kinda on top of each other. It's late and I read the bigger, all-caps "TIEBREAKER" part instead of scrolling past it to the playoff tie-break part. It happens.
 
2011-04-08 03:04:59 AM  

Dafatone: IAmRight: Then again, it doesn't surprise me that Bulls fans wouldn't know about playoff tiebreakers since they haven't bothered following basketball since '98.

There was a season where Fred Hoiberg had the longest NBA tenure of any player on the Bulls. I believe it was 4 years in the league. That obscure enough for you?

And the tiebreak procedures on the NBA's site are dumbly formatted with the three-way and two-way rules kinda on top of each other. It's late and I read the bigger, all-caps "TIEBREAKER" part instead of scrolling past it to the playoff tie-break part. It happens.


I'm just f*ckin' with ya. Though you have to admit, your Bulls vs Pacers comment sure didn't help you out.

As for NBA.com, couldn't speak to that. It's generally accepted practice amongst all sports that division record is a tiebreaker over conference record when teams are in the same division, but if they're not in the same division, it's inapplicable - it's an inherently unfair practice, since you're comparing them against entirely different teams. Chicago's record against the Atlantic is far worse than the Celtics, but their record against the Central is better than the Celtics' record against the Central.
 
2011-04-08 03:08:43 AM  
Celtics fans are the worst. Cry, you big batch of jerk-offs.
 
2011-04-08 03:10:25 AM  

IAmRight: Dafatone: IAmRight: Then again, it doesn't surprise me that Bulls fans wouldn't know about playoff tiebreakers since they haven't bothered following basketball since '98.

There was a season where Fred Hoiberg had the longest NBA tenure of any player on the Bulls. I believe it was 4 years in the league. That obscure enough for you?

And the tiebreak procedures on the NBA's site are dumbly formatted with the three-way and two-way rules kinda on top of each other. It's late and I read the bigger, all-caps "TIEBREAKER" part instead of scrolling past it to the playoff tie-break part. It happens.

I'm just f*ckin' with ya. Though you have to admit, your Bulls vs Pacers comment sure didn't help you out.

As for NBA.com, couldn't speak to that. It's generally accepted practice amongst all sports that division record is a tiebreaker over conference record when teams are in the same division, but if they're not in the same division, it's inapplicable - it's an inherently unfair practice, since you're comparing them against entirely different teams. Chicago's record against the Atlantic is far worse than the Celtics, but their record against the Central is better than the Celtics' record against the Central.


Makes sense. I'm going to take this opportunity to again laugh at the NBA's website and it's inability to format things right.
 
2011-04-08 03:18:43 AM  

Dafatone: Makes sense. I'm going to take this opportunity to again laugh at the NBA's website and it's inability to format things right.


It's the NBA. It put a team in New Orleans after the first one failed, then no one cared the second time and they were about to move again, but Stern got all upset about the idea of them moving during Katrina, so he got all the PR about it and had Seattle, a team that had support, move to OKC instead. Now there are teams in Charlotte (has already had two expansion franchises and lost one...to New Orleans in my lifetime) and New Orleans, which lost its first franchise in five years...but not Seattle, which had been a top-10 market year after year until they started tanking in order to move.

Stern hired Stu Jackson, who managed to bungle the Vancouver Grizzlies' existence badly enough as a GM to get them sent to Memphis, where still no one likes them, to a top position within the league, determining who should get punished for what.

It's not an organization of great decisions.
 
2011-04-08 03:21:37 AM  

Dafatone: Makes sense. I'm going to take this opportunity to again laugh at the NBA's website and it's inability to format things right.


It's the NBA... the league's brightest minds are writing scripts for the 2011 NBA Playoffs, in which Phil Jackson rides off into the sunset after a small market team gets completely f*cked out of a shot at the title.
 
2011-04-08 03:50:14 AM  
spurs have no chance, puffy999.
 
2011-04-08 03:55:20 AM  

Bergyd: spurs have no chance, puffy999.


Ah, yes, the Spurs, the de-facto "but, but, but..." when someone brings up small market teams.

/the Spurs are old and sort-of fat
 
2011-04-08 04:01:36 AM  

IAmRight: Then again, it doesn't surprise me that Bulls fans wouldn't know about playoff tiebreakers since they haven't bothered following basketball since '98.


This is a perfect description of me.

But I don't think it's just Bulls fans. A lot of people tuned out when MJ took off.
 
2011-04-08 04:03:52 AM  

0Icky0: But I don't think it's just Bulls fans. A lot of people tuned out when MJ took off.


To be fair, that lockout thing did not help all too much, especially since it was shortly after baseball canceled the World Series.
 
2011-04-08 04:04:33 AM  
Well, "shortly" being 4 years, but that's relatively short I guess. Certainly still in the minds of sports fans.
 
2011-04-08 04:11:21 AM  
I need to practice my chant before going to see the Lakers @ the RG tomorrow night

Beat LA! Beat LA! Beat LA!

Chalupa! Chalupa! Chalupa!
 
2011-04-08 04:14:01 AM  
Hey, I remember our first time with a Rose...good thing he didn't find any Uncle Toms on the roster here.
 
2011-04-08 04:36:49 AM  

Bergyd: spurs have no chance, puffy999.


The Miz is WWE Champion.

/your argument is invalid
 
2011-04-08 06:54:24 AM  
Brian Scalabrine was on Boston Sports radio yesterday morning around 9:00am. He said the Perkins trade was one of the things that lit a fire under the Bulls this year. He said it gave the young guys on the team hope that they could now make a good run this year, and that mental edge was the last thing they needed.

Looks like with HOW they scored last night that this is indeed the case.

Personally, I don't follo basketball that much but I don't understand what the problem is with the Celtics. Perk was out most of the year, wasn't he? They were winning back then, why not now? What else has changed?
 
2011-04-08 07:16:36 AM  

Despite the Perkins trade, I don't understand all the hand wringing. The Celtics looked mediocre all last year and nobody thought they would make it past the second round of the playoffs. Instead, the Celtics made it to the Finals and were one quarter away from winning it all, despite Perkins not playing that game.


If the Celtics have a somewhat healthy pair of O'Neals for the playoffs, the Perkins trade won't be such a big deal.

 
2011-04-08 07:44:22 AM  
The Bulls/Celtics first round series from 2 (3?) years ago was one of the best playoff series I've ever seen. Something like 7 or 8 OTs in 7 games? Maybe I'll watch some highlights of that to get hyped up.
 
2011-04-08 07:46:03 AM  
The two real problems with the Celtics:

1) Never fully healthy. This does matter more when most of your star players are older. Every team has players who are playing through injuries, by this point in the season, but the guys who are 23 have an easier time bouncing back than the guys who are 33.


2) Perkins was out most of the season, yes, but he's playing now. For another team. The C's are relying on Krstic as their starting center most of the time because both O'Neals are fragile as hell.

Ainge figured he'd have at least one O'Neal (probably Shaq) able to play some serious minutes in the playoffs. It seems less and less likely, but we'll see.

The bench is messed up because they've hardly played together. Boston (like Chicago, now) trades on complex defense, which takes time to put together.

I've been a C's fan since the days of Bird, and I'm still a C's fan, but I also like the Bulls, and, naturally, don't want to see the Heat win. The Bulls have the second or third best coach in the league -- we hated to see him leave Boston, but it's not like no one understands why he went to Chicago. Rose is good, the team is young, it's all up.

Rondo needs four weeks of rest and to learn to shoot free throws. I don't care if he keeps missing outside shots, but he's got to make free throws, and he avoids taking the ball into traffic near the basket because he's afraid of missing free throws. He could easily be drawing another five or six fouls and chalking up another eight points from the line per game.
 
2011-04-08 07:47:31 AM  

rodeofrog: Celtics fans are the worst. Cry, you big batch of jerk-offs.


I scanned the thread quick. Have any Celtic fans been crying?
 
2011-04-08 07:48:51 AM  

RandomAxe: Rondo needs four weeks of rest and to learn to shoot free throws. I don't care if he keeps missing outside shots, but he's got to make free throws, and he avoids taking the ball into traffic near the basket because he's afraid of missing free throws. He could easily be drawing another five or six fouls and chalking up another eight points from the line per game.


Agreed. He needs to work on his FTs and his midrange game.
 
2011-04-08 08:09:10 AM  

WinoRhino: Brian Scalabrine was on Boston Sports radio yesterday morning around 9:00am. He said the Perkins trade was one of the things that lit a fire under the Bulls this year. He said it gave the young guys on the team hope that they could now make a good run this year, and that mental edge was the last thing they needed.

Looks like with HOW they scored last night that this is indeed the case.

Personally, I don't follo basketball that much but I don't understand what the problem is with the Celtics. Perk was out most of the year, wasn't he? They were winning back then, why not now? What else has changed?


It's funny that Scalabrine still goes on Boston sports talk radio shows. Did a bunch of people call in saying "WE MISS YOU SCAHHL COME BAAAHK TO US!"
 
2011-04-08 08:15:24 AM  
CSB- I met Scalabrine not long ago when they played in Orlando. He was seriously awesome and exactly how he is in interviews/Youtube videos. We hung out with him for a bit and honestly he became my favorite NBA player instantly.

I'm pulling for the Magic this year (lolwut) but if not, I'm definitely rooting for the Bulls in the East.
 
2011-04-08 08:27:44 AM  

DiscoSuperfly: Ainge really screwed up the chemistry on that team.


This.

They are not making a run this season, no way. They are basically the Lakers in '08 when the C's beat them; soft in the middle. Now the Lakers are like the C's in '08.

I'd like to say good thing the Bruins are heading into the playoffs, but, well...yeah.
 
2011-04-08 08:28:44 AM  
You know what would suck? The Bulls make it to the Finals only to get beat by their old coach.

That's not as bad as the Bears crumbling against the Packers at home at an NFC Championship game, but it would suck nonetheless.
 
2011-04-08 08:36:55 AM  

IAmRight: Then again, it doesn't surprise me that Bulls fans wouldn't know about playoff tiebreakers since they haven't bothered following basketball since '98.


Well, people get all pissy when fans pour money into shiat teams, so, yeah, if ownership and management are going to put out an inferior product, then fans can have the right to go do something else for 13 years.
 
2011-04-08 09:33:49 AM  
Syllabic: Did a bunch of people call in saying "WE MISS YOU SCAHHL COME BAAAHK TO US!"

Yes. OK, every team has asswipe fans, and every team has good fans. Boston teams have tons of each. The deeper Boston fans are pretty committed, and they love their players, even the team-chemistry benchwarmers. Even after they get traded to other teams.

There are a hell of a lot of Boston fans who still root for Perkins, Gomes, Jefferson, Tony Allen and Nate Robinson, you name 'em. Not so much when they're playing against the Celtics, but yes. And we still love Thibs even though he's coaching the Bulls now.
 
2011-04-08 09:41:33 AM  

RandomAxe: 1) Never fully healthy. This does matter more when most of your star players are older. Every team has players who are playing through injuries, by this point in the season, but the guys who are 23 have an easier time bouncing back than the guys who are 33.


Except in the playoffs, where the three weeks between each game means that ancient teams like the Celtics get a lot more rest than during the regular season.
 
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