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Enemy Chatter: A Chunk full of kryptonite for Dwight Howard

Chuck - Red's Army December 26, 2009 Uncategorized 3 Comments

Perkondwight

I often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers
are saying about the Celtics after playing the Celtics. Here's a dose
of 'enemy chatter' from Orlando.

The Boston Celtics stuffed a chunk full of kryptonite into Dwight Howard's Christmas stocking.


On an afternoon when all 17,461 fans inside
Amway Arena received a free Superman t-shirt and cape in Howard's honor, the Celtics made the Orlando Magic center look like Clark Kent.

Josh Robbins – Orlando Sentinel

If anything told the story, it was Van Gundy chatting with Dwight Howard in a near-empty lockeroom, patting him on the back after wishing him Merry Christmas.


Howard needed some cheering up after scoring just five points, missing
6-of-7 shots and committing seven turnovers. Denied the ball, he didn't
look so super despite the fact a sell-out crowd received promotional
Superman shirts (with cape) bearing Howard's No. 12. It looked like a bad joke.


Howard playfully zipped his lip when asked if he got the ball enough.

Brian Schmitz – Orlando Sentinel

I'll leave you with this much, though: in terms of efficiency, Orlando
played its 7th-best defensive game of the year; in effective field goal
percentage defense, their 9th-best; and in turnover rate forced, their
very best. Yet the Celtics still managed to walk out with a win on the
strength of their own otherworldly defense.

Ben Q Rock – Orlando Pinstriped Post

“Our game plan was to make them play defense for a couple more seconds
than they did. We only made them play defense for one pass. Most of
those shots were good looks but that just wasn’t our game plan.”

Jameer Nelson – NBA.com

(On the Celtics defense) “They have a lot of athleticism, they move
well and they take up a lot of the paint, so they make it tough. They
do a great job and believe in each other on the defensive end. That is
always a mark of a good team when you never have to look over your
shoulder and I think they do a great job of that.”

Vince Carter – NBA.com

(On their play in the second quarter of the game) “Well we played very, very poorly. They played well defensively, you
know when I go back to watch that on the film I’m going to see that we
played very poorly. Everybody was just trying to go one-on-one and beat
their guy, taking contested shots. There were at least five possessions
in that quarter with no passes whatsoever."

Stan Van Gundy – NBA.com

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  • Sophomore

    Major props to Perk and Sheed for playing great D on Howard. It’s huge we don’t have to worry much about his offensive game when we play Orlando.
    But I have to say he seems like a class act. I always want the Cs to beat him, but I don’t root for him to fail – like, say, the gigantic ego that plays ball in purple and gold on the opposite coast.

  • KY Celts fan

    i agree with that statement about Howards’s class (despite his alleged bathroom antics). I feel the same way about Wade, probably more so.

  • Al

    The man’s a beast for sure and really only our own Beast can guard him….
    Have to say that is a dead set nasty photo – One for Perk’s scrapbook…..