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 Washington.
to bumbling youth, as they succumbed to a game-ending 20-4 run and lost
"Well, we choked," Saunders said, explaining how the Wizards squandered
a huge lead so quickly. "The disappointing thing is we outplayed them
for 42 minutes, but we didn't have the gall, the leadership and the
know-how to close it out when we had to."
"We beat ourselves by getting them energized, which got their crowd
energized," Saunders said. "Dray is wolfing the whole time at Kevin
Garnett. You can't do those kinds of things. When you're coming up and
establishing yourself, you don't take a guy that's been defensive
player of the year and is probably the best power forward and get that
guy juiced up to play against you. You got no chance."
they a man. If a man is talking to me this close to my face," Blatche
said, moving his hand toward his cheek. "I'm going to say something
back. He has to respect me just like I respect him. I just, 'Get up out
of my face.' He was this close in my face – I can feel his lips
touching my cheek – I wasn't bragging saying 'Ah we winning.' It was
'Back up.' "
Andray Blatche (Washington Post)
As I watched the Celtics make their 4th quarter run, I did not think of the Blatche-Garnett exchange as a tipping point. It seemed like such a minor incident.
And it's not like KG took over the game. He was 2-4 FTs with 2 rebounds during the final 5 minutes of the quarter.