In this edition of the Four-Point Play, I’ll look into Doc Rivers’ chances of winning Coach of the Year, Kevin Garnett winning the Red Auerbach award, this week’s Sports Illustrated Cover, and my thoughts on the upcoming playoffs.
1. Doc Rivers was recently picked by one person on the ESPN panel to win the NBA Coach of the Year. Just one!
- Blasphemy. Consider what Doc has done. Sure KG, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce are all great players, but also added were Eddie House, James Posey, Sam Cassell, P.J. Brown, Glen Davis, Scot Pollard, and on and on…All those new players, and the strain of an NBA season, and considering his team won just 24 games last season…how is it not Doc?
- He’s going to win 65/66 games which is more than 40 (!!!) wins over last season’s total. That’s ridiculous. Combine that with the fact that he took a brand new roster of talented players and made it a well-oiled machine all in one season.
- I understand if Phil Jackson or Byron Scott won it…but I’d say this should be Doc’s award. The guys over at Empty the Bench make a better case than I just did…
2. Kevin Garnett won the Red Auerbach award, this according to a press release from the team:
Boston Celtics co-owners Bob Epstein, Steve Pagliuca and Wyc Grousbeck will present the Red Auerbach Award to Kevin Garnett. The award is given to a Celtics player who best exemplifies the spirit of what it means to be a Celtic. This award is named in honor of legendary coach, General Manager, and President of the Boston Celtics, the late Arnold “Red” Auerbach. This will be announced prior to tip-off of the Celtics game vs. the Milwaukee Bucks tonight April 11 at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Red Auerbach Award was created in 2006. Previous recipients include Paul Pierce and Al Jefferson.
- I think the award is well-deserved, obviously. He’s exemplified Celtic pride his entire career, and now it’s just fitting that he’s wearing the uniform. I think Al Jefferson was the obvious choice last year, and the same for Pierce the year before.
- It means more considering he probably won’t win the MVP. There exists a west-coast bias in the NBA unlike in any other sports. I admit the West is the far better conference, but I truly believe that the Celtics would be at or near the top in the West as well. In reality, the MVP is probably going to Kobe Bryant or Chris Paul, both of whom are deserving candidates.
3. Check out the next Sports Illustrated cover (to be released April 21) and you will see Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant featured prominently on the cover, with the magazine hoping for the dream Celtics-Lakers matchup.
- All I can say is SI JINX, SI JINX, SI JINX, SI JINX, SI JINX!!!
- In all seriousness, I sure hope what they want comes to fruition. I would truly enjoy the Celtics against the Lakers. I’d also like the Celtics against any opponent, because with the Green in it doesn’t matter. I’m 22, so I really haven’t had a chance to experience the Celtics of old (the 1980’s). This would be totally different for me…
4. The Celtics clinched home-court throughout the playoffs two weeks ago, while the Lakers clinched home-court in the Western Conference last night. The C’s will play the 8-seeded Atlanta Hawks.
- Consider this the preview of the preview for the playoffs. I think the Hawks are a young and talented team. They have been bad for far too long and it’s about time they’re back in the playoffs. I remember the days when Dikembe Mutumbo was leading them to the playoffs every year…but that was then and this is now.
- The Hawks could steal one at home, though it’s unlikely because the fans in Atlanta suck. Unless its a Braves tomahawk chop, they aren’t very raucous. Also, take note that the Braves have a hard time selling out their stadium during the opening round of the playoffs. ARE YOU SERIOUS!??!? Yup, sad to say…
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