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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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