(Image courtesy Boston Herald)
Every morning, we compile the links of the
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giant step further away from right knee surgery that had him laboring
and thinking through most of this season. And his four assists – mainly
interior passes where instinct has to rule – were proof that he’s again
playing the game with a level of comfort and confidence that is
absolutely critical to this club.
“He’s back,” said Kendrick Perkins.
“You can tell just how he got up on the shot-block. I thought the way
he was blocking shots tonight was great. His help defense was great,
the way he was spreading the court. As long as he keeps getting healthy
with his leg, you can tell it’s coming. He’s picking it up.”
Paul Pierce garnered much of the attention after last night's win (deservedly so), but a deeper look reveals more positive news about KG. Even the doubters (myself included) have to admit Garnett is moving around a lot better of late. He still gets beat off the dribble more than we'd like, but there finally is some explosiveness to his game.
Last night's performance by this team was great, but I'm not backing off the ledge just yet. It will take a couple weeks worth of wins and solid defensive performances before I deem them "championship caliber" again.
On Page 2, Stephen Jackson says Paul Pierce challenged his manhood.
“You can be emotional in the game and you talk to your teammates and do
all that but when you get personal and direct certain things to people
as far as their manhood, that’s when the problems come up. And I
guarantee you that if I wasn’t in this gym, that wouldn’t have been
said to me.”
When I look at Stephen Jackson, two things come to mind: crazy and dangerous. I wouldn't say one word to that guy under any circumstances.
The rest of the links:
Globe – Jax takes it personally | Celtics have the answer | Robinson flashing array of skills | Herald – Cs blowout proves disco isn't dead | The Truth rebounds | Baby's on the boards | CSNNE – More positives from KG | Pierce, Robinson, and D carry Boston | ESPN Boston – Pierce, Cs show fight | Celtics Hub – And Gino danced | Celtics Blog – Pure Energy | WEEI – Larry Brown says Boston shouldn't panic |