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 Atlanta.
Friday night. Turns out all we saw was Celtic age. And all we heard was
the whoosh of a younger team flashing past the regal C’s and sweeping
them out the door….
The Celtics spent the offseason getting older. The Hawks spent it
getting better. Trading for Crawford didn’t make one one-thousandth of
the noise that accompanied Shaq relocating to Cleveland or Vince to
Orlando or Rasheed to Boston, but that heist of Rick Sund’s was the
move of the summer….
Put out a hit? For Boston, this was closer to a no-hitter.
But that’s the thing about these C’s. They’re yesterday’s men. They
talk better than they play, at least against the Hawks. They were
better than the local team in 2008 and 2009, but now it’s Twenty-Ten
and time marches onward.
Younger and stronger. Younger and faster. Younger and deeper. Younger
and better. If you’re the Hawks, the Celtics are now the team you’re
hoping to see in Round 2 come May.
Great column by Mark Bradley. Even though it pisses me off, everything he writes is true. Maybe the Celtics can use it for motivation.
just dribbled around until he felt like hurting Boston's feelings, and
upon that moment, he did. And if you remember the first half or were
reminded by a steal, Jamal Crawford provided the "hey, we are going to score and you no longer have good defense" effort.
On Page 2, we hear from Jamal Crawford and a blogger's kind words for the Celtics.
say it’s only one win or one less, but it’s more than one win," said
Crawford. "We know it’s a team we’re always measured against."
“We won’t stick our chest out yet,” Crawford said. “But we can stand up
and look them eye-to-eye. We’ve got a lot of respect for them but we
don’t fear anybody.”
– Paul Pierce was a force. Mo did just about all you can do against him.
– KG isn’t yet KG. Once he is back for real, he no
doubt will make a big difference should the Hawks see the Celtics in
– Doc held back ‘Sheed when he approached the Hawks
while they were celebrating after the game. It turned out ‘Sheed just
wanted to give the Hawks some dap.