I caught the 4th Quarter of the Celtics v Heat game last night and the entire Knicks v Bulls game.
For Duke related news, I was taken aback to see our Shane getting into multiple scuffles with KG. First off, let me say that I think KG is a punk of the highest order. I don't care if he is a Hall of Famer, he is always starting stuff on the court, and I got the feeling that he was agitating Shane as a way of welcoming him to the Celtics/Heat rivalry. There were all kinds off after whistle shoves and intentional bumps, Shane was even doing some of it after a while. But, I have to give KG credit, the guy hit every big shot in the 4th quarter. The Celtics look ready to contend again. The big 3 are healthy, Rondo is still playing out of his mind, and Avery Bradley (Texas) and Brandon Bass have stepped into the starting line-up with Ray Allen coming off the bench. Plus, the big kid Greg Stiemsma from Wisconsin gives them a lot of quality minutes. They look for real.
As for the Knicks/Bulls, Deng has really raised his game to where, especially with Rose out for the last 10-12 games, he is aggressively hunting his shot. He also consistently nails the 3. Boozer is clearly not the same player he once was. But, that team goes about 10 deep and and plays animalistic defense. Plus, they've got Rip Hamilton starting to look something like his old self. Between Chicago, Miami and Boston, someone really good is going to come out of the East. It really feels like the title is up for grabs, none of these teams are a notch above the others, including OKC and the Spurs. You might wind up with a geriatric NBA finals - Celtics v Spurs!