The Celtics gave their fans plenty to get excited about in their first game of the season, blowing out the Wizards in spectacular fashion at home. But before we hand KG and the rest of the guys in green their tickets to the NBA Finals, let's take a look at how their opening-night opponent may have helped the cause a little, shall we?
The Wizards are not a team that is ever going to beat you by locking you down defensively; they're built to out-score you. So when their shots aren't falling, especially from three-point land, they have virtually no chance of winning. And last night, the Wizards' poor shooting was legendary in that they set an NBA record for the most three point attempts without making one: 0-for-freaking-16.
I'm not saying that the Celtics' new Big Three of Garnett, Pierce, and Allen aren't formidable, because they are. I mean, when you have to double Garnett in the post and you have a deadly shooter like Ray Allen sitting behind the three-point line wide open, you're basically screwed. And I'm not trying to go all Pat Riley on you either, by suggesting that Washington is a sub-standard opponent. But let's remember who the Celtics' beat last night: a team whose only skills are on the offensive end of the floor, who set an NBA record for poor shooting.
Let's just see what happens when Boston faces the likes of Detroit or Chicago in the East, or Dallas, Phoenix, Houston, or San Antonio in the West. Until then? I'm not impressed.
Previously at FanHouse: KG's Off To a Pretty Good Start