Thursday, April 24, 2008
You Sir (Mike Bibby) are a Joke
After playing terribly in game 1 and watching his team get blown out by the top seed Boston Celtics, Atlanta point guard (and Kermit the Frog voiceover artist) Mike Bibby decided to open his mouth and rip the Celtics fans for being "fair-weather." Sweet move Mike.
The C's don't need anymore motivation and Bibby's verbal assault really isn't a big deal but it will probably be one of the most memorable parts from what should be a tidy four-game sweep. Boston won last night 96-77 to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
I knew the Celts would have little trouble with the Hawks but I thought maybe Atlanta could steal a game. It could still happen but it's looking more and more unlikely, since the Celtics are on a mission and the Hawks are easily one of the worst teams to ever make the playoffs.
KG received his defensive player of the year award before the game (which he shared with his teammates), then he went out and delivered (what a concept Dirk) with 19 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Ray Allen scored 15 points and Paul Pierce shook off a hard foul by Josh Smith to contribute 14 points.
As for Bibby, he didn't really help his cause by scoring 12 points (on 2 of 7 shooting, with 8 free throws). Rajon Rondo once again owned him, filling the stat sheet with 12 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals.
Another person called out by Bibby-Kendrick Perkins-had eight points and nine rebounds, Sam Cassell had 10 points off the bench and James Posey continued to do his thing with nine points and five rebounds.
Marvin Williams and Josh Smith led Atlanta with 13 points, Acie Law had 12 off the bench and the so far unimpressive Joe Johnson managed 11 points. Al Horford, who was the lone Atlanta brightspot in game 1, was held to nine points and nine rebounds.
The C's were ruthlessly efficient, outscoring the Hawks in every quarter. Boston led 24-20 after one and 52-42 at the half. It was 76-58 after three.
Atlanta shot 38.3% from the field and didn't hit a three-pointer (0 for 5). The only reason they avoided further embarrassment was by hitting 31 of 40 free throws. Boston had more rebounds (45-35), assists (23-10), steals (15-4) and way less turnovers (21-12).
Game 3 is in Atlanta on Saturday night. I'm sure the Hawks faithful will be out in full-force, cheering on their favorite sons. Haha, at least that's what Bibby told me.