I thought the answer was "we've had more recent playoff success than them".
I'd say he is talking about this year. Every year is different. For instance, he spoke of roster similarities. The Celtics roster this year has a lot of turnover. Context clues, my friend, context clues.
Or maybe that was a sarcastic response to a poster asking a genuine question. That wouldn't be your style though.
Haha. I'm surprised you couldn't work Chris Paul into your post.
And it's great that you were able to tell that he was talking about this year by those hard to decipher context clues, I did too. I don't know if you're new here, but threads like this happen all the time when the Celts go through a slump. I was just pointing out that the team usually plays well in the playoffs despite these issues. I was just adding some perspective, my friend, perspective.
1) Every year is different. It isn't a definite that a slow start will lead to a nice finish because it happened before. And our title year happened after a quick start to the season. Given the choice between being 8-7 or 11-4, I'd prefer to be 11-4, regardless of how we started or finished in prior seasons.
2) The OP, or myself, never said we can't or won't turn it around. He is just wondering why we are struggling now as compared to other teams, like the Spurs.
So if you agree that there's no reason to think we can't turn it around, why does it bother you that I pointed that out?
3) Chris Paul. (Who probably appears in a higher % of your posts, as mocking him is oddly your sole means of praising Rondo.)
I don't have any idea how many of your posts are about Chris Paul. I don't know that I've ever seen a post of yours before yesterday. I keep less track of who posts what than you seem to.
It doesn't bother me at all, but it fails to address the OP's question, which is asking why we look worse than the Spurs to begin this year. Our finish in 2010 or 2009 isn't the difference between us and the Spurs to begin this season, which is what the question was. Your post is an answer to a question that nobody asked, in essence, which is all I addressed.
Are you the thread police? It's not that uncommon for someone to make a comment based on the thread title that doesn't directly address the OP. And, again, I was just injecting a different perspective on the issue.
It's really odd that you said you were surprised that I didn't mention Chris Paul. You don't "keep track of my posts" but feel the need to point out that I supposedly post about a certain player a lot. Strange.
Oh, I knew who you were by your reply to my post, which seems to largely be spillover from the other ongoing thread that I referred to. You posted about Paul a lot in that thread.
Regardless, is it possible that our slumps hurt us in 2010? Would we have won the NBA Finals in 2010 if we had home court? Didn't we lose Game 7 in the Lakers building by 4?
Possibly, but home court would change for the whole series, not just the one game. What if we'd come out flat in game 1 at home instead of in LA? What if we'd come back to Boston down 3-2 instead of going back to LA up 3-2?
Losing a lot of games to begin the year might not hurt us in the long run, but there is no way that it helps.
Nobody said that losing helps, nobody said that they'd rather have our record than the Spurs.
I'm not the thread police, but I am allowed to point out that every year is different and previous slow starts don't guarantee us more playoff success than the Spurs this year. Are you the thread police? Or am I not allowed to respond to your posts?
I was just being snarky about the thread police thing. You didn't seem to have trouble discussing our playoff success compared to the Spurs with other posters instead of admonishing them for not answering the OP's question. Guess you missed the context clues on that one.
So I posted a lot about Chris Paul in one thread on one night and that leads you to draw the conclusion that you were surprised that I wouldn't post about him in other threads. Geez, rush to judgment much?
Obviously not, which is why I said "I don't have any idea how many of your posts are about Chris Paul".
4 games at home is preferable to 4 games on the road, no matter how you slice it. The end goal is to win the championship. We did so after a fast start. We haven't done so after slow starts.
I don't think that home court is a huge advantage in a 2-3-2, but opinions vary.
Which begs the question why your first reply to me was "Haha. I'm surprised you couldn't work Chris Paul into your post." Because I posted about him in one completely different thread? At least it seems that now you are admitting that this initial statement made no logical sense or connection to this thread at all, so that one can be put to rest.
All I said to you is that he is talking about this year, and he was. Cool your jets, my friend.
Is home court a big advantage in a 2-2-1-1-1? I should note that we have zero titles without home court in years that we have had this core group. We've also lost a Game 7 on the road in 2010 and in 2012. Our title in 2008 came with us winning almost exclusively at home.
Once again, I'd state this slump might not hurt, but it certainly doesn't help.