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.
Boston,” Van Gundy said. “I think they’ve got three of the premier
interior defenders in the league, with Perkins and Rasheed Wallace and
Garnett in there. They don’t really drop off when they have to go to
the bench. (They’re) all big strong guys with good defensive technique,
and they have played (Howard) very, very well.”
Said Howard of Perkins, “He’s a big body, but I can’t allow what he does on the floor to affect my game.”
When Perkins’ physical play was mentioned, Howard sniffed, “A lot of
guys are physical. Just certain guys get away with physical play.”
Anyone else enjoy watching Dwight Howard lay brick after brick against the Celtics? In his last two games against the Cs, Howard is a combined 3-for-11 from the field for 14 points.
While the Celts have mucked their way through January at a 6-5 clip, Orlando has been a notch worse with a 6-8 record.
Vince Carter, who has played well against the Celtics (26.5 ppg) this season, has been downright awful. Check out his numbers for January: 9.8 ppg, 30%FG, 22% 3FG.
On Page 2, Danny Ainge addresses the Ray Allen/Monta Ellis trade rumor on WEEI.
You’ve been reading one Ray Allen story.
Let me rephrase it: I’ve read a lot of different stories about one Ray Allen rumor. How’s that?
There you go. That’s my point. There’s one little rumor, that’s made
up by the way, that gets reported that actually ends up being a story
every day for a couple of weeks. That’s the point I’m trying to make.
You know how it works. The question then is: Have you talked
to Ray Allen or is this so preposterous that you don’t feel a need to
talk to him?
No, I did talk to Ray. Ray gets it. He’s been in the business a long
time. He knows there’s no such thing as players being untradeable. He
knows he’s 34 years old and at the end of his contract. At the same
time he knows that he is a very valuable piece to what we’re trying to
do right now, which is win a championship, and he’s one of our key
components. So, he gets all of it and he understands the business. It’s
unfortunate that someone says something and then players have to
respond and coaches have to respond for weeks at a time sometimes, with
no validity to it. But, at the same time they’re big boys and they’ve
been through it.
The rest of the links:
Globe – All-Star Turn for Rondo? | Herald – Accountability? Doc Runs To It | ESPN Boston – Dwight Howard Ranks Perk | Quis the new Posey? | Up for the Challenge | CSNNE – Cs look to bottle up Magic | Celtics by the Numbers | WEEI – Picking the All-Stars | Celtics Blog – Stopping Dwight Howard