Every morning, we compile the links of the
day and dump them here…
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying as a good morning dump.
the first quarter of the Celtics’ blowout loss to Memphis Wednesday,
the fans left early, and Paul Pierce took the sights and sounds home
Two days old, they were still echoing in his mind.
wants to be booed at home by the home crowd,’’ he said. “That really
sat with me that night, to be honest, and I think it sat with
Doc has been screaming at this team for months – nothing. The media has provided its fair share of criticism – nothing. The fans have booed before, but nothing like we heard at halftime of Wednesday night's game vs Memphis. Judging by what Paul Pierce says, it really had an affect. Congrats to the Garden faithful.
Show' and we are just guests on it," said Garnett. "So whatever he
feels is best. You know, Paul and I, I think I speak for both of us, we
don’t really feel that. But practice does make everything better. You
get to clean up a lot of different things. We're not ones that like to
miss games and he threw that idea at us, but we’ll see. He gives us a
lot of rope around here, Doc’s really good at the dialogue and speaking
with us, he only asks that we are honest with him. So I don’t suspect
that to be continuous, but for the most part, it's about having a
rhythm and playing well going into the latter months.”
That's KG reacting to Doc's idea of sitting Pierce and Garnett in games so he could work them hard in practice. Nice in theory, but it will never happen.
On Page 2, Doc's LA story.
urgency. There was talk about a lack of focus. And the bottom line of
the piece was that the team wasn’t going to reach the NBA Finals if it
continued its recent play.
“Then I told them it was the LA Times and it was from Phil Jackson,
Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant – it was their comments,” Rivers said before
the C’s beat the Pacers, 122-103, last night. “(The Celtics) all
laughed because they thought it was them. I even asked, ‘Do you guys
remember saying that?’ and guys were saying, ‘Yeah, I said that.’ And
it wasn’t them, it was actually somebody else.”
Doc read this story to lighten the mood? Did he feel his guys were too
tense? I don't get it. The Celtics are a .500 team over the past two
months. While the Lakers' recent woes have been ridiculously overblown
by the media, the Celtics struggles have not.
The rest of the links:
Globe – LA story really hit home | 2nd chance from revamped 2nd unit | Herald – Perk strives for stronger play in paint | Nate removes all doubt | Talkin' practice over games | CSNNE – More rest for PP, KG | Cs race past Pacers | ESPN Boston – Misery loves company | WEEI – Pierce, KG get to heart of the matter | Celtics Hub – Just what Cs needed | Celtics Blog – Cs bounce back | Worcester Telegram – Cs find pride, bop Pacers | Hardwood Houdini – Sorry Indy, you chose wrong night to face Celtics |