is rarely emotional, but you could physically see it at the start of
the game – Rajon wanted to win this game.’’
“It definitely was a benchmark game
for us because we’ve talked about this game for the last month or so,’’
said Ray Allen (18 points).
they beat us [83-78 in Boston Nov. 20] we knew we were playing them
here on Christmas Day. Everybody was focused and we took care of the
game and we all feel good about it, and it does propel us going
You know who else really wanted this game? Me. I had to check myself several times during the course of this game, reminding myself it's just a regular season game that won't mean squat come May. But you can't underestimate the emotional and mental value of beating Orlando in Orlando minus Paul Pierce, Marquis Daniels and a 100% Glen Davis.
On page 2, Perk reveals the secret to shutting down Dwight Howard.
"He likes to be physical, but he doesn't like anyone to be physical with him."
Doc says the Celtics do not scheme anything special for Howard, adding he's lucky to have solid one-on-one defenders in Perk, Sheed and Glen Davis.
Memo for Dwight Howard – You Need a Go-To Move.
The rest of the links:
Globe – Garnett OK after Crashing to Floor | Rondo Takes On Role of Leader | Herald – Garnett Fall is Headache for Club | CSNNE – Green Christmas | Celtics Blog – A Great Gift | The Ledger – Playing on Xmas Didn't Bother Celtics | WEEI – Celtics Leave Their Mark | Orlando Sentinel – Celtics Overcome Christmas Bustle