Sunday, March 20, 2005
another round-up of the usual suspects - why the... heck not!
Hmm... let's see now... somebody is missing from this party... missing OUT on the goodies really... not sharing in the rewards of years and years of long-suffering patience, awaiting things to ''go our way'' at long last... to have not the baseball (impossible) not the football and not even the basketball but the puck(!!!) yes the puck bounce our way AT LAST... and yes - it is the Boston Bruins! Where could they be now... bottom of the standings dwellers again, are they...? That was what some ''experts'' were predicting anyway back in September... ranking Flyers, Wings, Lightning... even Habs (pfah) ahead of the winner of the division crown last... time that they were playing that is! So - what happened to those predictions? Were they wrong...? Can that be? Say it ain't so, experts... in the unemployment line because your so-called expertise is not needed anymore - the NHL is DEAD! My condolences... NOT.
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Speaking of condolences...
Condoleeza has now stopped her ''making more enemies for Uncle Sam tour'' in China... begging for their help in twisting North Korea's rather well-developed arm (pun intended) back onto the disarmament negociation table... However, Uncle Sam's Rice (pun so-so intended - don't sue, Ben! I love you! Especially with a steak...) made a boo-boo by ''airing U.S. concerns about Beijing's bellicose rhetoric on Taiwan''... Communist China can be counted OUT from this very moment on... C.R. has no clue what the fine art of making friends can be, apparently... Lucky for her it's communists she is dealing with and not, say, the Yakuza... then she would be finishing the tour in the (you guessed it)- E.R. (ha ha ha. Get over it.).
Still - expect a bit of a revival of McCarthism now (no, not Paul - he sucked at the Super Bowl - as usual) - chants of ''the communists are coming! the communists are coming!'' will soon begin to be heard all across the land - fully endorsed as initiated covertly by men in black... and we all know who Will Smith really works for, don't we now... hmm? ;)
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In other news... 200 Missing in Afghan Floods; 24 Killed
• Pakistan Shrine Blast Death Toll Hits 30
• Earthquake in Japan Kills 1, Injures 400
• Afghanistan to Hold Elections in Sept.
• Tribesmen Revolt in Pakistan Town
• Japan Marks Sarin Attack 10th Anniversary
• Tractor Swept Into Pakistan River; 41 Dead
Aside from the aberrant discrepancy between those numbers (which make a mere tractor seem more awesome as a potentially lethal force than an earthquake...?!? Mother Nature is losing in stature here...) - I fully understand those tribesmen; I'd revolt too if I was stuck in Pakistan... heck, I am about to revolt against Canadian winters AND bureaucratic cr@p and other assorted typically canadian idiocies... but I am digressing again - 'nuff alienating people for one day I say! :)
(Doing my best frenchy impersonation here...! You like? ;)
However - I get to pick the article that I want to preserve on me old blog - and I choose... the least significant (maybe - if they don't go all the way, it'll mean squat in no time at all...) but the most pleasant in these gloomy times (yes, even though spring has sprung and all...) - THE CELTICS SURGE!
(Despite being happy about that - do I sound somewhat... less than upbeat here...? Hmm? Feel free to tell me... y'hear? Cool.)
Celtics 113, Hornets 100
Mar 19, 11:44 PM (ET) By BRETT MARTEL
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - So another Boston team is doing everything right as the playoffs approach.
Ricky Davis scored 27 points coming off the bench and Paul Pierce added 23, helping Boston cruise to a 113-100 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night as the Celtics won their seventh straight game.
"We're rolling," Celtics forward Antoine Walker said. "This builds confidence. ... We've got a good balance of guys who've been there before. We're trying to just keep this train rolling - just keep winning games however they come."
One night after their 19-point victory in Houston snapped the Rockets' six-game winning streak, the Celtics dominated New Orleans, scoring inside and out, on the break and at the foul line.
Shooting 52.1 percent from the floor, Boston was 10-of-19 from 3-point range, 27-of-31 at the line, and dressed up the performance with authoritative dunks from Davis and Tony Allen.
"They just come out shooting from all possible angles and it's hard defending," said Hornets reserve forward Bostjan Nachbar, who scored 19 points.
On the heels of championships by the Red Sox and Patriots, Boston now has the Celtics surging upward in the NBA standings. They have won 11 of 12 games, with the lone loss coming against Minnesota on a last-second shot. They also have won five straight on the road.
Hornets rookie J.R. Smith prevented an embarrassing rout with 21 points that included several off-balance floaters. Dan Dickau and Lee Nailon each scored 13 for New Orleans, while Jamaal Magloire and P.J. Brown each scored 12.
Walker had 18 points and nine rebounds for Boston, while Gary Payton scored 15 points and Allen 11.
Boston broke the game open in the third period, with Allen getting three steals and the Hornets turning the ball over six times in a span of seven possessions. Allen converted two of the turnovers into driving transition scores, one a windmill dunk. Allen's third steal led to the first of three straight baskets by Pierce, the last a 3-pointer capping a 13-0 run that gave the Celtics an 88-67 lead.
"Once we get them on their back, we've just got to put them away. And we did," Pierce said. "You've got a lot of veterans out there who understand the game and understand what it takes to win. We've just got to do a good job of showing the young guys, when they come in, what they have to do for us to be a top-notch team. That's taking care of business, keeping leads, holding on to them and not having any lapses."
Payton compounded the Hornets' problems by causing havoc with New Orleans' point guards. On one drive, he forced Dickau to commit his fourth foul. But Dickau had to return shortly after Speedy Claxton sprained his left ankle trying to defend Payton. Dickau, meanwhile, had five fouls before the end of the third period, again because of a Payton drive.
"The two things that turned the whole third quarter around was Tony's defense and Gary's post-up and making them try to adjust to that," Boston coach Doc Rivers said.
Walker later hit Boston's 10th 3-pointer as the Celtics took a 94-74 lead into the final quarter.
New Orleans, coming off only their fourth road victory a night earlier in the Chicago, shot better than 50 percent through the first half and built a lead as large as 38-30 after Nachbar's second 3-pointer.
The Celtics then surged ahead with a 16-4 run that included three 3-pointers - two by Delonte West and one by Davis. Walker's fadeaway put Boston up 46-42.
Boston hit seven of its first 10 3-point attempts, with Davis going 4-of-4 en route to 18 first-half points. Payton's 3 late in the second quarter put Boston up 63-57 at halftime. ^
Davis has scored 20 or more points in a reserve role 15 times. ... Boston shot 56.7 percent through the first three quarters. ... The Hornets' 33 points in the opening period marked their highest first-quarter production of the season. They shot 53.8 percent in the quarter, but finished the game at 47.6 percent. ... Hornets shooting guard Casey Jacobsen started the fourth quarter at point guard because of Dickau's foul trouble and Claxton's injury. ... The Hornets (15-50) are losers of 50 games in a season for the first time since 1991-92.
But really now - I'll try to be more antagonistic if not acerbic next time... *LOL*