Friday, March 23, 2012

BIG game tonight 2.0, and the "Stiemsmometer"

Last night in Milwaukee the Celtics got a good road win against a hot team close behind them in the playoff race.  I was very encouraged by Boston's defense down the stretch, they held the Bucks to 33 second half points after giving up 29 a piece in each of the first two quarters.  And now we're back to exactly the same spot we were in just over two weeks ago.  For the second time in 16 days, the C's head into Philly tonight with 1st place in the Atlantic Division on the line.  Last time they got smoked.  Even if that happens again, Boston is in a much better place right now than most people would have expected after that loss.  The Celtics will finally be back home after a brutal 8 game road trip that could have easily destroyed any hope for the rest of the season.  Tonight they have a chance to close it out with what would be a very impressive 5-3 record, and take over the top spot in the division as well.  Worst case, the C's will be 1.5 games back, and still in contention for a high seed in the playoffs with some very winnable games ahead.

Now that Greg Stiemsma is the first guy off the bench, his block totals are starting to pile up.  He had 4 in the win in Atlanta on Monday night, and 5 more last night in Milwaukee.  For the season he's now averaging 5.87 blocks per 48 minutes, which leads the entire NBA.  It's time to start tracking this phenomenon.  First there was the Tebometer, now here is the "Stiemsmometer."  It's pronounced steems-mah-meh-ter, like "thermometer."

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