December 16, 2005
Hey Celtic fans, Brian Scalabrine here with another blog entry for Celtics.com. I know it's been a long time since my last blog, and a lot has happened since then. Right now, we're back home, having just come off a long road trip where we went 2-3. I think as a team we're starting to play better defense, but we must continue to play together in order to win games.
Our trip started out in New York City, where we played the Knicks. It was a big-time battle… the game kept going back and forth until Paul Pierce hit some key shots down the stretch. After that, we headed to the southwest to play some of the top teams in the Western Conference's Southwest Division. Our first game was against the Houston Rockets. Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming were very tough to get a handle on. I thought that we played well as a team, but every time we would get close they would come back and make some tough shots. Ultimately we ended up losing the game.
Our next game was against the Hornets in Oklahoma City. It was the first time I have ever been to Oklahoma, and I can't say that I'm looking forward to going back. It was extremely cold outside of the gym, and not much warmer inside… it felt like it took us 10 minutes just to get warmed up. I thought that we played very well together, and our rookie Ryan Gomes came in to give us some quality minutes. I really like the way that Ryan plays - I think he has a great knack for getting to loose balls and rebounds.
In my opinion, our defense has started to pick up, and our coverages have improved dramatically. After Oklahoma City we had a couple of days in the great city of San Antonio, and for me and my boy Dan Dickau that means one thing - we need to find a movie theater.
Dan and I decided to go see the movie "Derailed," starring Jennifer Aniston. As a group there were some discrepancies in the rating - some people thought the movie was an "A," but I thought the movie was a "B." It had a great plot, with a great twist, but it also had some of the worst detective work I had ever seen in my entire life. Someone needs to call the people from CSI to find out who shot whom! But with that being said, I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see a suspenseful thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat though last scene.
That Friday we played the San Antonio Spurs, and I think they are just a tremendous team. I don't know if they are better than the Detroit Pistons, but it seems like when they want turn it on, Tim Duncan just plain gets it done. I really give them a lot of credit because their ability to execute in the fourth quarter is by far the best I've seen. Maybe it's because they have Tim Duncan, but it seems time after time each one of their players is making a big play. The young point guard Tony Parker has a remarkable ability to get in the paint and put pressure on your defense. Did you know that Parker leads the NBA in points in the paint? That means that over half his points are layups or floaters. For all you common fans out there, the luxury of having a guy get to the paint that often allows your bigs to get numerous opportunities for offensive rebounds.
Now, don't ask me to pick an NBA champion right now, but I will say this: it looks like the Detroit Pistons, and the San Antonio Spurs will be the two teams to beat in June. And for all you NBA fans out there, this will be a series that will go down as an instant classic. I'll tell you one thing - come June, I think I'll be in attendance for this legendary series.
Our last game of the road trip was against the Dallas Mavericks. They came in playing very well under Head Coach Avery Johnson, but we really liked our chances because of the way we matched up against them. The game went back and forth for a while until the end when they pulled out a win. I love going out West to play against the teams there because they usually play a wide-open style. To me, it's the way that basketball should be played. A free motion up-tempo style, pass to the man who is open, drive and kick if the shot was taken away.
Well Celtic fans, that's it for my blog for today. You'll be receiving a blog every week now. I got this tremendous product from ScanSoft - it's called "Dragon Naturally Speaking." It's voice recognition software where all I have to do is talk into this microphone and all of my impeccable words will be laid out on this page for all the boys and girls of the World Wide Web to read. So when you think of my blog, think of Dragon Voice Recognition Software.
Thanks for reading and I'll see you next week.