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Enemy Chatter: The Celtics forgot their Ensure


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 Cleveland.

They didn't just run out of gas; they turned a smooth-running '76
Camero into a rusting heap by the side of the road. The Celtics looked
terrible in the fourth quarter, and the game was effectively over with five minutes left in the game.

suppose that is what happens when half of your roster is subsidizing
their salaries with social security checks. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen
and Rasheed Wallace combined to shoot 2-for-13 (15%) in the fourth
quarter, and looked as if someone had forgotten to give them their
Ensure at halftime. The Celtics have had difficulty playing well for
entire games, and tonight was no exception.

Cleveland HQ

Rajon Rondo got noticeably worse as the game progressed. He also
played 45 minutes. I know Nate’s new, but let Rondo breathe every now
and then.

I know Ray Allen’s only shooting 35% from three (same percentage as LeBron; stop shooting threes, Ray!), but does he ever miss
a three when he has a good look and his feet are set? I’ve never been
able to shake the notion that he’d shoot like 60% from deep playing
next to LeBron.

Cavs the Blog

this point, there weren't many Celtic fans in attendance  with any air
left in them, and the Garden crowd grew smaller and smaller throughout
the 4th quarter. Likewise, the Celtics shrunk to shells of their first
half selves, missing every basket and getting outraced to every loose
ball. But Cleveland was riding a magic carpet of emotion and never let
up, stretching the lead to 20 and going out with a bang.

Am I missing anything?

Oh yeah: To anyone who wants to make the excuse for Boston that they played without Paul Pierce, I don't want to hear about it. We played with no centers for almost 3/4s of the game. You can't win this argument.

Fear the Sword

Hey FTS, the reason the Cavs won the game is because they played without centers for 3/4s of the game. Shaq's injury was not a detriment, it was a blessing in disguise. It forced Mike Brown to switch his personnel, to go "small," a move he never would have made.

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  • NineSevenEight

    That was the play of the game for the Cavs. If they win it all, play of the year.

  • DRJ

    Last paragraph = very true. Furthermore, Mike Brown appears to be stupid/blind/stubborn/imagination-challenged to recognize the reality that we, the Cs, HOPE that Shaq and Z are both VERY healthy for the playoffs, because we know Mike can’t bring himself to sit them both down.

  • CFH

    Agreed. The Celtics missed Paul Pierce because he can guard the Cavs’ best player (well, more than most). The Cavs didn’t miss Shaq because the Celtics’ best players benefit from a Shaq-slow game. It’s not the same at all. If the Cavs were playing Orlando and lost Shaq, that would be different– that’s where they need him.
    Speaking of centers, can I give Perk some credit for not letting himself be baited into Anderson Varejao’s little slapfest? I’m impressed with him for coming out of that without a tech. And I’m impressed with the refs for being aware of who was at fault.

  • Lakerhater (FD)

    Actually, it was that jackass lbj threw the first elbow, but I agree with you on Perk’s restraint. Maybe Danny has been teaching him how to completely piss people off on the court for cheap fouls, he used to be pretty damned good at it.