Thursday, May 9, 2013

Who do I root for now that the Celtics are out of the playoffs?

For me, the most fun and exciting part of the game of basketball has always been long range shooting.  As a kid I used to practice jumpers in my driveway from as far away as I possibly could (even when I was back home at my parents' last week, shooting around on my old hoop for the first time in years, I still found myself doing this).  Reggie Miller was my favorite non-Celtic NBA player throughout the 90's for this very reason.

Another thing everyone loves to root for in sports is an underdog.  Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are the perfect combination of both.  Earlier this year Curry put up the greatest 3 point shooting game anyone has ever had, hitting 11 of 13 on his way to a 54 point night vs the Knicks at Madison Square Garden (where Miller had some of his best games as well).  He also just set the all-time record for threes made in one season, 272, breaking Ray Allen's previous mark of 269.

The 6th seeded Warriors were expected to lose in Round 1 to Denver, but now find themselves heading back home after splitting two games with the 2nd seeded Spurs in San Antonio (and they could easily be up 2-0).  Not to mention they have one of the best home crowds I've ever seen; I swear the fans were standing the entire game when Golden State eliminated the Nuggets.  If you like the NBA and you haven't been staying up late to watch the past few Warriors games, you've really been missing out.

For more on this check out a piece I wrote earlier today for Celtics Life called "A Celtics fan guide to watching the rest of the playoffs."


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