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Your Morning Dump… Where Practice Happens

morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here…
highlighting the big storyline.  Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying a good morning dump.

A few minutes into the third quarter last night, Ray Allen got the ball down low to Kendrick Perkins, who – honest to Ernie DiGregorio – slipped a behind the back pass to Kevin Garnett out by the foul line.

Instead of taking his open jumper, Garnett fed a cutting Rajon Rondo for a layup. The slickness gave the Celtics a 19-point lead. And it gave the Utah Jazz defense a severe case of whiplash.

In the end, the locals had a thorough 105-86 victory and the Jazz
simply didn’t know what hit them . . . and ran around and through them.
They knew only that the machine was white with green lettering.

Boston Herald – The Value of Practice

Anyone surprised by what you saw last night? I'm certainly not. But take note all you budding Allen Iverson's of the world, even championship teams loaded with veterans need practice. Here's what Paul Pierce had to say:

“I mean, during the stretch of eight games (in 12 days), we didn’t
really have any practice time. So throughout that when you play and you
play and you don’t practice, you lose some of the discipline that you
had. It was good to get out there and get a couple of days to sharpen
up and see what our mistakes were, because there was a little slippage
in those last three games.”

After the jump, Page 2, where KG talks about running through cornfields. Cornfields?

…after splitting two Jazz players to finish off a Rajon Rondo third-quarter alley-oop pass, Garnett slipped and ended up on his back.

But he didn’t remain on the floor for that extra second because of anything health-related.

“Alley-oops go so fast, man,” he said after scoring 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the Celtics 105-86 win over Utah. “I thought foul, but it just feels good to be
healthy. It feels like running through a cornfield. I know you city
people don’t know what it’s like to run through a cornfield, but I can
tell you.”

Boston Herald – KG Fine After Scare

(Click here to watch video of alley-oop)

Anyone hold their breath when KG hits the floor? I do. Does it seem like he's hitting the floor more this year? Or is my memory skewed by fears of him re-injuring the knee?

The rest of the links:

Globe – Doing a Number | Davis Thinks Inside the Box | Break Help Them Put It Together | Herald – Scalabrine Miffed | Celtics Tune Out Jazz | Salt Lake Trib – Back, Psyche Hurt | ESPN Boston – Garnett Has Fun in Laugher | Celtics Blog – C's Rock Jazz | Yahoo! – Game Photos

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  • Thibs must really be getting these guys tight in their defensive schemes as well. I don’t know if anyone else noticed last night, but the Celts had the Jazz down to 5 seconds or less on the shot clock ALL NIGHT. Their were a few times we bailed them out w/stupid fouls or someone hit a shot as the clock expired, but the Jazz never really got into a good rhythm offensively in my opinion. They also were all over Okur and really frustrated him. Okur was 0-1 from 3 pt. range. DEFINITELY not what he and Sloan were looking for….