Friday, April 24, 2009

stay classy Chicago ...

... Reports: Allen target of death threat -
Security around Tony Allen was increased on Thursday at the United Center after a Chicago man issued a death threat against the Boston Celtics guard, The Boston Globe and Yahoo! Sports reported on Thursday.

The Celtics and Bulls had extra security around their benches during Game 3 of a first round playoff series to keep an eye on Allen. A source said the added security presence was a precautionary measure, according to the Globe.

Allen, who is from Chicago, played nine minutes on Thursday night and did not score in the team's 107-86 win over the Bulls.

Sources told the Globe that Allen has been receiving threats in Chicago for some time. Allen was also threatened prior to a March 17 game at Chicago. He didn't make that trip because of a thumb injury.

I'm as upset as anyone about the loss, but that seems a bit much.

The beatdown by Boston -
Willing to defer in the first two games, Paul Pierce took the initiative and the Boston Celtics seized control.

Pierce scored 24 points, Rajon Rondo
added 20 and the defending champions beat the Chicago Bulls 107-86 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.

The teams split two dramatic games in Boston, but this one never really was in doubt. The Celtics led by 11 after one quarter and 22 at the half on their way to an easy win behind Pierce and Rondo. Particularly Pierce.

"We know what kind of team we are," Pierce said. "The way we played tonight is the way we want to play."

Now, Boston is in good shape heading into Game 4 Sunday even though the injured Kevin Garnett is wearing a suit instead of a uniform these days.

Too good to be true? -
We should have known. During the regular season, whenever it seemed the Bulls had turned a corner and were on the verge of developing some consistency, they usually produced a stunningly bad performance.

Why should we have expected anything different in the postseason?

We shouldn't have, but the toughness and inspired play the Bulls displayed on the road during the first two games of the first-round series with the Boston Celtics fooled us all.

It was easy to believe the Bulls had the upper hand with the series shifting to the United Center for Game 3 on Thursday night, but I thought there was a good chance the Bulls might lose.

Rose was not the unanimous ROY -
Rose Wasn't Unanimous?: Chicago Bulls' Rookie Derrick Rose hoisted his Rookie Of The Year trophy for his hometown crowd last night, and for some the notion that Rose was not the unanimous selection was surprising, after all nine of the 120 voters cast votes for other players. This news took Celtics' coach Doc Rivers by surprise.

"I want to know who didn't vote for him," Rivers said to John Jackson of the Chicago Sun Times. "No, really, if that wasn't guaranteed unanimous... It wasn't, right?"

"C'mon, call those guys out. If that wasn't the layup of the year," joked Rivers when told 9 voters did not cast a first place vote for Rose. "I mean, he's everything you want in a player and more off the court, too, in terms of how he handles himself. "

"I thought he was put in a really tough situation here where you have veterans with contract situations and veterans who have done it their way and they were told they were giving the ball to a rookie and he was going to run the team. Very few people could have pulled that off and he did."

"Forget the basketball. The fact he did that, to me, he should have gotten rookie of the year."

The Celtics took Game 3 last night, behind 24-points from Paul Pierce. The Bulls were absolutely horrible offensively, shooting 30-of-80 from the field. Derrick Rose was 4 for 14 from the field for 9 points and 2 assists. Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday at 1pm EST.

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