"It's money time," said Wallace, who led all reserves with 17 points.
"Coming down to that crunch time. First half of the season, one some
teams you got some guys that want to make the all-star team, guys
putting up shots freely. But that second half of the season, when shots
are big, people depending on those shots to be made, a lot of guys
don't want to take them. They'll let the, quote-unquote, star players
take them. That's nut-crunching time. That's the time I like."
Rasheed Wallace has been doing this for years… coasting before the All Star game and stepping it up after. We knew it going into the season. We knew it during the season. And last night we might have seen him flip the switch and start playing like he is capable of playing.
He played a majority of his minutes around the paint. He played well on both ends of the floor. And he played hard just about every minute he was in there.
So can we please cut it out with the "trade Sheed" junk? We're going to need this guy.
Besides… without Sheed, we won't have quotes like this about all the NBA players that were in the Bahamas for the All Star break.
“We could have had some great pickup games,” Sheed said. “There was
me, Ray, Jameer Nelson, Rudy Gay, the cat (Marcin) Gortat from Orlando,
the big head dude from Atlanta.”
“The big head dude. You know who I’m talking about,” Wallace said.
“Yeah, him. . . . There were about 15 or 16 guys down there,” he said.
I love it. "The Big Head Dude." I knew who he was talking about right away.
Coming up, Page 2… Where Shelden Williams is making the rest of us guys look bad.
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“To Russia with love,’’ Rivers said.
“I wanted him to go. He’s got a wife in Russia. Go see her. I told him
most likely [you’ll] be late and miss practice. We’ll just take some
money from you, but I think that’s what you should do. It’s worth it.’’
spent almost half the time off traveling just to spend the other half
with his loved ones. Snow forced the Celtics to stay in New Orleans
after losing to the Hornets Feb. 10. Williams never made it back to
Boston. Instead, he said, “I just took what I had from New Orleans. I
bought another shirt and some jeans and some drawers and stuff and just
headed on out.’’He flew
from New Orleans to Houston, then took a 14-hour flight to Moscow, and
from there hopped another 2 1/2-hour flight west to Ekaterinburg.
could only be out there for so long, but it was great seeing them,
spend time,’’ Williams said. “To actually see [his daughter]
face-to-face, see how much she’s changed in the two months since I’ve
seen her, that’s great to see.’’
This is almost as romantic as what Chuck did for his wife: He made a 2 1/2 minute trip to the freezer for some Stouffer's Pizza… then he unscrewed the box of wine… popped "Dream Girls" in his top-loading VCR from 1979… and fell asleep by 9:30.
Ok… Ok… Shelden's trek is a heartwarming story. This one is for the ladies. Enjoy the story of what love can make a man do. He got fined for missing a practice… probably not much… which just adds to the sacrifice. It's a really nice story.
And for the record I was kidding about Chuck. There's no way he made it to 9:30.
The rest of the links:
Herald: Sources: Celtics to land Nate Robinson | Celtics survive, hold off Kings | Ray Allen stays cool, calm | Shelden's late fee worth every penny | Globe: Pierce, C's silence Kings | Survey: Play Doc (and Danny) | ESPN Boston: First impressions | Robinson to Celtics may happen | WEEI: Rondo's improved shooting | Lex: Road trip projections | Celtics Hub: Nate Robinson issues