Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Trying to kill the Celtics' joy
That nameless kid in Orlando wasn't the only one hurt during Glen Davis' celebration Sunday night in Orlando. Dwight Howard's and Rashard Lewis's feelings were hurt by all of the celebrating and joy on their court because none of it was theirs.
Lost in the controversy surrounding Glen Davis' flying shoulderblock on a kid standing courtside in Orlando is Dwight Howard's and Rashard Lewis's distaste for post-game celebrations. Dwight Howard was shown with his face all frowned up and calling for a technical, while Rashard Lewis said the following:
"It most definitely adds fuel to the fire,” Lewis said. “We don’t like that type of stuff. You have to be professional about the game of basketball. We’re a professional team and we expect them to be the same way.
“Those guys were jumping up and down, waving their hands at us, saying bye, but it’s not over yet; it’s just 2-2,” Lewis added. “We could have done the same thing when we won on their court, but we’re more professional than that. They still have to win ballgames. The series ain’t over yet.”
Basically, they're getting upset about stuff that they teach you to get over in third grade. What more can be said? It was an exciting play, possibly the most exciting situation in sports (the buzzer beating game winner), and you're mad because they're happy about it? Did you want them to just coldly walk off of the court? I'm sorry, Orlando. I wasn't aware that you were playing against a zombie team.
I don't blame Glen Davis for celebrating like he did. He just hit the biggest shot of his entire career. Let the guy have his moment. Don't get all pissy because he did it on your home floor, while standing over your defeated carcasses. You wouldn't have had this problem if you had won the game. Your bad.
Would it have been better if they had done it in Boston? Would that have made it easier to swallow, sweetie?
No, of course not, because instead of just the team celebrating too much for your delicate sensibilities, there would have been 25,000 fans doing the same thing. Howard and Lewis probably would have left the court in tears. Just be truthful with yourselves: You're mad that you lost. Nothing wrong with that. Just point the finger where it needs to be pointed.
Like, at general manager Otis Smith for tying this team's financial future to Rashard Lewis. When this team wonders why they're not getting any better, that will be the main reason why. Point it at Rashard Lewis for making a habit of disappearing in the fourth quarter, despite being a matchup problem for almost everyone on the Celtics' front line. Point it at Dwight Howard for not having a reliable post move that guarantees points. Don't point it at Boston for being happy that your team wasn't able to stop them. Be an adult and move on to the next game.
If you win it, you can get back at them for daring to be happy in Orlando. If you can't be happy in Orlando, where can you be happy? I thought Orlando was supposed to be "The Happiest Place on Earth."
It seems like every year, someone's complaining about an opposing team celebrating on their home court/field/ice. And every year, the answer's the same. If you don't like it, stop them from doing it. There are two ways to go about it, and one of them is really, really, illegal. So you need to focused on doing the other one, because they can't celebrate if they don't win. Well, they probably could, but they'd look really ridiculous.
Now let's get back to talking about what's really important: Glen Davis and his criminal assault of the rich kid at courtside. What a reprehensible act.