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“Lackluster,” Wallace said of last night’s defensive effort. “We
didn’t pick it up probably until the six- or seven-(minute) mark in the
fourth. But what my high school coach once said was true – winners find
a way to win. We dug it out, they kept it close the whole game, and we
just pulled it out in the last minute.”
That, right now, is the problem.
"Kris Humphries got a couple baskets on me. I wasn't proud of that," Garnett said.
And mind you, Humphries is one of the least-abled Nets to beat anyone,
let alone a former Defensive player of the Year like Garnett, off the
dribble with such ease.
"I messed up a couple times. I am
human," Garnett said. "I will get better at that, but for the most part
my focus right now is rebounding better and continuing to talk. I did
miss some assignments tonight, which is something I don't usually do."
While the Nets tallied 30 points in the 2nd quarter, they managed only 32 points in the entire second half.
Yes, the Celtics defensive effort remains inconsistent, but a quick check of the stats reveals they are still doing a better job than most teams. PPG – 93.7, T-1st (Cleveland), Opp. FG – 44%, 6th best.
As for KG, he did collect 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. At the very least, when the knee/leg reaches 100%, guys like Kris Humphries won't be able to drive past him.
On Page 2, what Doc told the troops at halftime.
told his team, which at that point had been more than adequate
offensively, getting 14 assists on 19 field goals, but had been a
downed stop sign on defense, letting the Nets shoot 63 percent from the
“We’re a defensive team and tonight we want to outscore them.’’
Then, Rivers gave them his last words.
I like Doc's approach. He could have thrown some chairs, but can't you see Sheed and KG trying to hold back laughter during a tirade?
The rest of the links:
Globe – Sinking Feeling Familiar to Rivers | Open House Party | Herald – Rondo's Words Worth It | Shaky Night for Pained Garnett | Kickin House Party | CSNNE – Cs Clutch Down Stretch | WEEI – No Such Thing as Easy Mark | ESPN Boston: After Bleak Win, Celtics See Bright Spots | Celtics Hub – Forgettable