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“This Is Not A Rivalry”

RedsArmyAdmin December 18, 2008 Uncategorized 9 Comments

Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images

Kevin Garnett clearly wanted to make a point.  When the Globe asked him about a Celtics-Hawks rivalry, he said:

"This is not a rivalry.  [The Hawks] are a very good team, they play with a lot of confidence and swagger. Joe Johnson is one of the best in the business and they cause a lot of hell and havoc. But you have to win for it to be a rivalry."

OK.  At some point, the Herald apparently asked the same question.

“This is not a rivalry, and I want that on the record.  You have to win some games first. But they’re a very good team.”

I know Hawks fans are going to come back with the 3 games they won in the playoffs last year… but in the end… it was the Celtics that won the series.  So let's nip that in the bud.

I don't know how many people noticed it last night, but Rajon Rondo took the next step in being the leader of this team on the floor.  Not only did he calmly lead the team in the clutch, but he outwardly took the leadership reins when he stood and addressed his team during a late time out.  He actually got KG to calm down.  If you don't think that's connected to him burying shots late in the game, you're nuts.

By the way, on November 16, I wrote Rajon Rondo might be regressing.  At that point, he was averaging 7 points a game and he'd only taken 10 shots once.   Since that post, he's averaging 14 ppg and he's taken 10 or more shots 10 times (he dropped 15, 8 and 7 in the game immediately following that post).  In December, he's averaging 14.5 ppg, 8 asst and 7 reb, while shooting 53% from the field.

Am I trying again to take credit for lighting a fire under Rajon Rondo?  Of course I am.

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  • MikeintheNE

    Mark Jackson said the same thing last night. Not a rivalry. KG was unreal last night. Do hope we avoid them in the playoffs.

  • AboveTheRim

    Great game last night and a hell of a win on the road to keep the streak alive.
    The Josh Smith dunk on the entire teams was absolutely filthy.

  • http://redsarmy.com BigMck

    Is there a shortage of pictures from the Hawks/Celtics games?

  • Matty S.

    Wheres DoucheBagMike??? He said he would be back today to take his licks.
    I was worried about OT last night. Thank god for that choke. JJ must STILL be sick to his stomach about that one…

  • Bill

    I’m getting a little ahead of things here, but I circled 12 games remaining on the regular season schedule that should be pretty tough for the Celtics and fun to watch at the same time.
    LAL 12/25 A
    POR 12/30 A
    HOU 1/7 H (2nd of back-to-back)
    CLE 1/9 A
    ORL 1/22 A (2nd of back-to-back)
    NO 2/11 A
    UT 2/19 A (middle of a long road trip)
    DEN 2/23 A (2nd of back-to-back)
    CLE 3/6 H
    SA 3/20 A
    ATL 3/27 A
    CLE 4/12 A
    I’m not really worried about Portland or LA this month but Houston and Cleveland next month should be tough games. The loss to Indiana was a fluke loss, at least partially (they did get in at 4 AM and it was the second night of a back-to-back). So this team could theoretically be 25-1 or even 26-0, although streaks are hard to maintain psychologically. But assuming that they take care of all of the inferior opponents and, speaking conservatively, they win half of these 12 games, we might be talking about the 08-09 Celtics instead of the 95-96 Bulls.

  • NewsFlashMike

    well great b ball game to attend.. the OldGuys pulled it out.. although I dont see the Greatest Team of All Time or anything out there like you guys proclaim.. you beat us by 1 and by 3 the past two times… not exactly domination.KG hit some shots in the stretch but I wish he would have been doubled. JJ fucked us and so did the refs but we will be back im not worried. OldGuys are due for an injury after last year or maybe another paul pierce stabbing at a gay bar. we can hope, right?
    http://www.faniq.com/blog/Video-Josh-Smith-Monster-Dunk-On-Kendrick-Perkins-During-The-Boston-Celtics-8885-Win-Over-The-Atlanta-Hawks-Blog-16311

  • Nickels

    Well, one of the telltale symptoms of VinceCarteritis is a .500 record……so that rules out Pierce, maybe he’s suffering the very rare NBA Champion “disease?”

  • Henry Bibby

    Actually, NewFlashMike, I think you are talking about my son.

  • double P reppin the B

    Perk’s Interview last night was one of the best interviews I’ve seen this year. Whatever way you look at it we are the defending champs and the clear best team in the league again, everyone outside of boston is going to hate us and want us to lose and that just comes with being the best, happened to the pats for years and now the celtics are dealing with it. They have the swagger and until someone dethrones us expect this “rivalry” from every team on the schedule, they all want the crown!!