morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here…
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying as a good morning dump.
He (Dirk Nowitzki) scored 13 of his game-high 37 in the third, including nine straight
after Rasheed Wallace— Boston’s only hope of containing the All-Star —
left the game with fourth fouls. At the time of Sheed’s departure (3:56
left), Boston led 65-62. When the third quarter buzzer sounded, the
Mavs led 75-68, and the Celtics would never again get closer than five
Wallace. "The fourth really hurt. I thought Rasheed was really doing a
terrific job on Dirk, and without Kevin [Garnett], knowing that Rasheed
was the only other guy [who could cover Nowitzki], that put us in a
a whole lot of bull[crap] calls, but that's how the story goes,"
Wallace said. "I ain't worried about it. We'll see them again.
Honestly, I can't remember which one the fourth foul was, there were so
many bogus [calls]. I ain't worried about it. Like I said, we'll see
again. We go down there in about a month or so. There'll be
I don't think the referees were a factor in the game. They made a few bad calls against both teams. The following quote from Doc sums up the game.
Doc Rivers said. “I don’t think we got back at all on defense, they had
numbers every single time. We had our guards crashing the glass . . .
our bigs complaining to refs . . . they beat us down the floor, and
they scored. Then, all of a sudden it became a walk the ball up the
court, slow down game on one way. And then, on the other way, they were
running back down our throats.
On Page 2, what happened to the Celtics home court advantage?
Much will be mentioned in the next days about the Garden not being a
fearsome place for opponents, but this has nothing to do with the
building or those in the stands.
This is about the people on the parquet floor. Teams aren’t afraid
about coming in because the Celtics don’t give them any reason to feel
that way. The Garden can only be a house of horrors if the Celts start
acting like Freddy Krueger.
The problem is that the Celtics “expect” to win – and that’s it.
Expectation is an important element for a good team, but it means
nothing unless said club is also willing to do the work required to
win. Simply put, and we’ve said this more than once this season, you
have to try.
Reminder: Join us for the Red's Army Birthday Bash on Thursday, Jan 28th at Red Sky in Boston. Free food, no cover and we'll be giving away T-Mobile's new MyTouch phones. Oh yeah..and we'll be watching the Celtics play the Magic.
The rest of the links:
Globe – Home is Where the Heart Was | Cs Have No Answer for Dirk | Herald – Garden of Evil to Celtics | Missing KG Not an Excuse | Maverick Mark Cuban in Line | WEEI – Banged Up Perk Can See Woes Clearly | ESPN Boston – Home Struggles are Defenseless | Celtics Blog – Cs Lose 3rd Straight at Home |