Saturday, July 13, 2024

Celtics Hater Index: mid-season replace


About 5 months in the past, I introduced you a masterpiece in hating. I went by and ranked each NBA crew when it comes to how a lot you, as a Celtics fan, needs to be rooting towards them.

The unique rankings have been derived from scores throughout three completely different classes: historic, logistical, and the substance to any standing grudge.

Now that we’re on the All-Star break, I figured I’d revisit it and supply a barely up to date rating (what else do we actually have happening?). For this, I gained’t have an evidence for each single franchise like I did again in September, however I’ll give some perception on a few of the greatest movers.

The up-to-date Hater Index is as follows (Authentic rank in parentheses)

  1. Lakers (1)
  2. Warmth (3)
  3. Sixers (4)
  4. Bucks (6)
  5. Knicks (8)
  6. Mavericks (7)
  7. Warriors (2)
  8. Pacers (28)
  9. Cavaliers (9)
  10. Clippers (5)
  11. Hawks (11)
  12. Rockets (12)
  13. Raptors (13)
  14. Bulls (14)
  15. Nuggets (24)
  16. Nets (15)
  17. Timberwolves (25)
  18. Magic (16)
  19. Thunder (19)
  20. Wizards (17)
  21. Suns (18)
  22. Kings (20)
  23. Hornets (21)
  24. Pelicans (22)
  25. Path Blazers (23)
  26. Jazz (26)
  27. Spurs (27)
  28. Pistons (10)
  29. Grizzlies (29)

We’ll begin off in the direction of the highest and work our manner down.

The Miami Warmth

The Celtics have already performed all three of their video games towards the Warmth this yr, profitable out for a clear sweep. Regardless of that, Miami has gotten much less likable. Former Warmth captain Udonis Haslem is certainly one of many former gamers who has began a podcast and he has achieved an amazing job in proving that not everybody who performed within the NBA essentially must be behind a microphone. Again in December, he and Mike Miller welcomed Miami heart Bam Adebayo to the present. Throughout his look, Adebayo detailed a narrative the place Haslem denounced Invoice Russell, one of many nice Celtics and a good higher particular person, previous to one of many playoff conferences between the 2 sides.

Whereas Adebayo’s recollection of Haslem’s “F— Invoice Russell” pregame speech is a serious motive why the Warmth are set to be mainstays in the direction of the highest of this checklist, the ultimate regular-season assembly between Boston and Miami added extra gas to the hearth. A Sunday matinee in Miami turned out to be fairly scrappy. Warmth sharpshooter Duncan Robinson obtained into it with Cs star Jaylen Brown, after the 2 obtained twisted up within the second half. Brown flung Robinson ahead after being grabbed by the Miami wing.

After the altercation, there’s little doubt that any postseason assembly can have much more flare than traditional.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Doc Rivers, Milwaukee Bucks.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Doc Rivers, Milwaukee Bucks.
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The Milwaukee Bucks

This one can be fairly brief, however, it feels just like the Milwaukee Bucks have earned a extra distinguished spot on my checklist. Their standing as certainly one of Boston’s true rivals was by no means a query. Now, it’s simply turn out to be extra obvious how unlikable their forged of characters is over there in Cheese Land.

Media darling Giannis Antetokoumpo isn’t wanting like that likable famous person that he as soon as was after the group parted methods with head coach Adrian Griffin simply 43 video games into his first season in control of the crew. With a report of 30-13, the rookie coach and former Celtic had achieved a good job. It wasn’t excellent. The crew’s protection was missing they usually would possibly’ve been underachieving after coming into the season with sky-high expectations, nevertheless it didn’t really feel as if Griffin deserved to be fired. In reality, it regarded like Antetokounmpo might have been behind the crew’s choice. There’s no obtrusive proof of it, however that’s simply the way it feels…plus, they employed previous good friend Doc Rivers to steer them ahead, which is annoying on one other degree.

I like Doc. I would favor to not should root towards/trash him, I’d reasonably simply respect him because the 2008 title-winning Celtics head coach. Now I can’t as a result of the Bucks employed him.

Thanks loads.

Different tidbits, Damian Lillard’s commerce request was annoying and very drawn out all summer season, so I’m soured on him, and I despise Giannis’ older brother Thanasis, who serves no different goal than ethical help.

The New York Knicks

I’ve an irregular distaste for the New York Knicks. The franchise is taken into account historic regardless of having simply two titles to its identify. They’ve been irrelevant for the higher a part of 20 years however have nonetheless been prominently featured throughout nationwide tv slates, even within the down years.

Plus, there’s the narrative of “Oh, the league is healthier when the Knicks are good.”

Don’t inform me who to root for, thanks.

Now that they’re truly respectable, there’s an excessive push for them to be taken significantly as contenders.

I would actually like to see them crash and burn.

BING BONG.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry celebrates towards the Boston Celtics.
John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports activities

The Golden State Warriors

So, within the first version of this rating, I had the Golden State Warriors within the second slot, trailing solely the Los Angeles Lakers. That was largely attributable to the truth that Boston, on the time, had the rights to Golden State’s first-round choose within the 2024 NBA Draft (top-four protected).

Days later, that choose was traded away to the Portland Path Blazers within the deal that despatched Jrue Vacation to the Cs. Now that there’s no compensation concerned with regards to praying on the Dubs’ downfall, their misfortune turns into a bit much less candy (although it’s nonetheless very actual).

The Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers have seen the biggest shift in placement on this checklist. I entered the season in favor of seeing Tyrese Haliburton and the boys ball out. I wished to see former Celtic Aaron Nesmith thrive in a bigger function this yr.

For what it’s price, I nonetheless do.

I do know there’s a big contingency of Cs followers who can’t stand Nesmith, so I’m making their voices heard right here. His chaotic, hustle-infused type of play left a foul style within the mouths of Boston’s fanbase after a number of Celtics picked up illnesses in video games towards Indy this yr.

For instance, he was accountable for my most important man Kristaps Porzingis getting drilled within the eye again in January.

On high of the Nesmith angle right here, Indiana has performed the Celtics powerful this yr — harder than anybody else. In reality, they’re the one crew who can say that they’ve had a number of wins towards the league-best Cs.

A type of got here within the In-Season Match quarterfinals. Boston was denied a spot in Las Vegas (a sport wherein I had tickets for!) after an impressed win by the younger Pacers.

I don’t dislike the group by any means, that is extra of a “you now have my consideration” rating.

Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic goes around Kristaps Porzingis of the Boston Celtics.

Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic goes round Kristaps Porzingis of the Boston Celtics.
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The Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder

I lumped this group all into one as a result of all of them climbed the checklist for a similar motive.

They’re all Western Convention Contenders who’ve confirmed they’ll beat the Celtics. You may even throw the LA Clippers right here too, however they technically fell down the ranks (as a result of I’m not as mad about them ruining the Malcolm Brogdon-Porzingis commerce).

I don’t dislike any of those groups in any respect. They’re all entertaining and have fairly likable cores, for probably the most half. All three of the losses that Boston has taken by the hands of this trio have been glorious video games that went all the way down to the wire.

Their ascension within the rankings is sort of a pre-spite for in the event that they discover themselves within the NBA Finals towards the Celtics.

Our Detroit Pistons

You learn that proper, our Detroit Pistons. I’ve adopted the Pistons for all of us this season. They’re the NBA crew that has introduced me probably the most particular person laughs all through the course of this marketing campaign.

Their record-losing-streak was must-see tv. From the anticipation that got here together with the “Is right this moment the day that the Pistons lastly win?” query to the sheer affect that the crew’s horridness had on Wing Cease’s total worth, it was riveting stuff and gave us a few of the finest memes from this season.

On high of all of that, they gave the Celtics the most effective fights they’ve gotten all yr with Boston’s residence win streak on the road.

The previous heads are going to hate this, however I see Detroit the identical manner which will see the Knicks, I simply suppose it’s extra enjoyable once they’re good.

They’ve been unhealthy for thus lengthy, that it’s type of merciless to attempt to hate them. The poor guys haven’t been capable of win a playoff sport since 2008.

Yikes.

What do you consider the up to date rankings? Who obtained an excessive amount of hate? Who didn’t get sufficient?

Let me know within the replies. Thanks for studying if you happen to made it this far!

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