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Enemy Chatter: “There was nobody there.”

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.

“Turned the corner with my right hand, took it to the basket and was
expecting the defense to collapse,” he said. “I was surprised when I turned to
the basket there was nobody there.”

Rashard Lewis – AP Game Recap

"That's the best he's played against their big guys in the low post,"
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I thought that he looked tremendous
down there, and we kept going to him in the fourth quarter because he
was playing so well. I just think [that] we were able to get him the
ball in the fourth was the big thing."

SVG on Dwight Howard – Orlando Sentinel

Tired of seeing Howard hammered on a hard foul, Magic small forward
Matt Barnes confronted Boston’s Paul Pierce early in Thursday’s first
quarter. Pierce made no attempt on the ball and wrapped both arms
around Howard, drawing a whistle. Barnes went to the defense of Howard,
going head to head with Pierce. Both Barnes and Pierce were issued
technical fouls. …

John Denton – NBA.com

On Page 2, even the Magic bloggers can't believe what transpired in the game.

And I know what you are thinking at this point: Rashard Lewis driving to the hole? Redick hitting a game-tying 3-pointer?

Just wait, it gets better. Not only did Dwight Howard dominate
Kendrick Perkins, Rasheed Wallace, Kevin Garnett and anybody else
Boston sent at him in the fourth quarter — 19 points on 8-of-12
shooting and a variety of offensive moves to go with 10 rebounds and
four blocks — but he did that with Marcin Gortat playing alongside him
for the entire fourth quarter.

Wait, it gets better.

Orlando, ranked 24th in the league in offensive rebounds, grabbed 17
offensive boards helping the team erase a 16-point deficit. This on a
night when the team was not shooting particularly well from anywhere,
Ray Allen found a nice rhythm in the second quarter.

Orlando Magic Daily (True Hoop)

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  • Alex

    The Celtics are just pissing me off with their inability to grab rebounds.
    The 2007-2008 Celtics didn’t have issues grabbing rebounds, why is it an issue with this team?!

  • I miss Leon. He always managed to not only get rebounds, but convert them into buckets while getting fouled in the process. It was an underrated contribution that we’re missing this year.

  • ohiocelticsfan

    I think it comes down to desire…they just seem to be playing lazy for stretches of every game. Part of me want to believe this will change come the playoffs but the other part of me thinks they are just tired and may not be able to turn up the intensity for the playoffs

  • ohiocelticsfan

    We definitely miss Leon but Baby and Sheed should be able to fill his shoes. Where is Sheldon? Doc went with Scal instead

  • Double P Reppin the B

    Sorry but missing Leon is not the reason we are losing. That is the least of this teams worries. I truly believe they are old and tired at this point and don’t have any desire. They might be banking on the idea that they can ramp it up after the all star break but i’ll believe it when i see it

  • JD

    Sheed and Baby are horrible defensive rebounders for their position, KG is still getting back into it and is rebounding poorly, so that leaves Perk all alone. No wonder they have been sucking on the boards.

  • Al

    my thoughts exactly…it’s worrying…

  • cmoney

    Baby’s the worst. Can’t wait for him to NOT be a Celtic.
    Seems like every media outlet is getting the Barnes/Pierce thing wrong. Barnes initiated it before the foul on Dwight occurred. He blatantly shoved Pierce as he was rotating on to Dwight, and after Pierce prevented the dunk, he approached Barnes to confront him on the cheap shot.
    Whatever, Barnes is a punk, but a player I wouldn’t mind having on the Cs.

  • Good call.. the cheap shot from barnes occurred before Pierce even fouled howard. In fact Pierce probably would have got that rebound if Barnes didnt hit him. Reggie Miller was looking right at it and still decided to not even mention it. Not really a big deal but interesting how it is discussed as if Pierce initiated the beef by fouling Howard an “nba basketball without borders kid” as Sheed calls them. Ugly loss and unfortunate to see d-howard have any success against perk.

  • FSantos33

    Is it time to pull the plug on the big 3, trade for draft picks or players and focus on the future? Answer Yes or No and Why.
    ____ Yes and Why.
    ____ No and Why.

  • 11rings

    No. The Celtics need to improve between now and the playoffs, no doubt. But the true test comes in the playoffs. No need to get despondent at this point. Pulling the plug on the Big 3 now would be a big over-reaction. Ainge we re-evaluate after the playoffs. Re-signing Ray Allen for a hometown discount makes sense, especially because Allen seems open to a reduced veteran role if he’s no longer the top 2 guard. Trading Pierce, the current Mr. Celtic, would in extremely poor taste. Sorry, some players are untradeable. I’m not doubting KG’s ability to bounce back to a high level, but as for trading him, I don’t think it’s going to happen. He’s significantly more valuable to the Celtics than he is to any other team. I can’t picture any team offering enough to interest Ainge. I really think all of the Big 3 are staying here until the end of their contracts, and I’m happy with that.

  • 11rings

    Lewis’ game winning shot looked like pretty bad team defense to me. KG did not protect the baseline – looked out of position, to far to the inside, the whole way – and Sheed was too slow in helping. Maybe KG was trying to funnel Lewis into Sheed but if so then the whole team has to be on the same page.
    We’ll see how the C’s react tonight. Regardless of whether or not they win, if they don’t come out with maximum effort and focus against the Hawks, then it will be very disappointing. I know it’s the second night of a back-to-back, but this team has to start showing grit. That can’t be magically turned on for the playoffs.