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Enemy Chattter: Lebron is crying about injuries

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.

Despite injuries and a 22-point deficit, the Cleveland Cavaliers'
rallied and put a scare into the Boston Celtics on Sunday. The Cavs
didn't manage to pull out the victory, but LeBron James didn't feel
awful after this particular defeat.

James was quick to remind reporters that Cleveland was not at
full strength. The Cavaliers will enter the playoffs with three capable
big men in addition to a rested James to tackle a barely .500
first-round opponent, and then perhaps Boston or Atlanta.

“What we did [yesterday] was good for
our team,’’ he said. “I don’t know what [the Celtics] are thinking down
there, I don’t know what’s going on in their locker room, but for me,
we’re not hanging our heads about this loss at all.’’

Cleveland Plain Dealer

Is the Queen serious? Complaining about injuries after playing the Celtics, a team decimated by injuries all season long?

One thing you can say about the Celtics – they never use injuries as an excuse after a loss. Never.

-It’s a bit of a cliche, but this was not a game the Cavs deserved to
win. The defense wasn’t there at all in the first three quarters. The
Celtics were moving the ball really well, Rondo and Allen were both
really effective off the dribble. They were executing their sets and
rewarding movement with the extra pass. They even did a great job
pushing the ball and getting easy baskets in transition.

-I’ve said before that the Celtics seem to go as Rondo goes when they
play the Cavs. On Sunday, Rondo was aggressive all game, and finished
with 16 points and 14 assists as the Celtics hung 117 on the Cavs.

Cavs: The Blog

Rondo had 14 assists and 1 turnover in 42 minutes. He can get whatever he wants against Mo Williams. RR needs to be super-aggressive in the playoffs if the Celtics are going to make a run. And by super-aggressive, I mean waving off the Big 3 in clutch moments and taking the ball to the hoop.

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  • Amen. Drive Rondo, drive.

  • DRJ

    I’ve been searching around for answers to the Cavs game, found that Doc actually explained it pretty well.
    It seemed as if the Cs were trying hard to win this game, which made their near-total collapse at the top of Q4 so worrisome. Here’s what Doc said about it:
    “The game wasn’t that important as far as winning the game until we had a 20-point lead and then almost lost the game. Then in my opinion the game became important. We couldn’t give that game away…. I didn’t put an importance on this game (going in) but once we had that lead and lost that lead, the game became very important. I thought: we had to get this win now.”
    Like ALL recent Cs games, this one had virtually zero meaning in terms of W vs. L. Note: This has become even more true since Bogut went down… since now there’s no clear reason to prefer MIA over MIL in the first round, or vice versa. The outcomes of these games is therefore quite meaningless to the Cs.
    If the team plays hard in a game now, it’s because the PRACTICE is important. They want to build confidence and “momentum” going into the playoffs. That, and pride. But if they get a little tired, or if the going gets particularly hard at some point, there is no motivation on the part of the Cs to step up big.
    This helps explain the recent rash of late-quarter collapses. A few missed shots, plus a rampaging opponent star, and the Cs stop caring. But in the Cavs game, as Doc said, “once we had that lead and lost that lead, the game became very important. I thought: we had to get this win now.” That, and the personal stuff going on between Lebron, TA, KG and Sheed, explains the Cs’ response once the lead was lost. Suddenly, they DID play with urgency and a fierce desire to win. Now we know why.
    As for why Paul suddenly appeared to try to take over the game at the top of Q4, Doc gave us the reason for that too. It was because DOC TOLD HIM TO. Doc said in his interview that he told Paul before the start of the 4th: “You know, you’re the man now,” explaining that he expected Paul to do the scoring now, since he was the one scoring starter out there.
    Luckily, Doc also added this: “That’s why you try it out, and now you know”… that this plan doesn’t work very well when Paul is cold, as he was in the Cavs game. So we can hopefully now hope that Doc won’t be doing that anymore… won’t be going to the ridiculously ineffective Paul iso unless Paul has previously demonstrated in the game at hand that he’s hot.
    There is reason in Celtics land after all. We’re good.
    (Here’s the Doc interview. Find the box labeled Celtics: Doc Rivers postgame 4.4.10: “>http://www.csnne.com/pages/celtics_video)

  • Mauritz

    “One thing you can say about the Celtics – they never use injuries as an excuse after a loss.”
    Oh, really? I’ve been hearing them doing that all season (which has been incredibly frustrating).
    If LeBron attacked the rim on every possession in every game, the Cavs would win 70+ games each season. The reason the Celtics looked so good was his ridiculous 9 3pt attempts (of which he made none, making him the second player in NBA history to score 40+ points while making no threes on more than 7 attempts (the first one being Kobe)).

  • Do you ever listen to Pierce and KG after a game? They NEVER reference injuries. Ever.

  • Alex

    DRJ should be one of the RedsArmy bloggers. He has a lot to share and this blog would have lots of good content being updated regularly.

  • rodger

    Your gonna love this i wrote a letter to the nba complaining about officiating.
    Told them they should be like mlb and fire refs over bad calls.
    Told then it was a joke that they could say there was only one bad referre.
    Told them they stink basicly.
    Heres there response.Dear Rodger,
    Thank you for contacting the National Basketball Association with your concerns regarding officiating. The NBA’s highest priority is to ensure that every game is determined on its merits, thus providing its fans with a truly fair and competitive league.
    We take seriously the performance of our officials. They are subjected to incredible scrutiny by the league, including tracking every call they make and holding them to the most rigorous standard in all of sports. Not only is their past performance measured, charted, and evaluated, but we employ a system of stringent metrics designed to continually hone their skills and improve their overall ability. We strive to ensure that NBA games are officiated at the highest possible level with the understanding that perfection is an unattainable goal.
    Thank you again for your concern. We appreciate your feedback regarding this issue.
    NBA Fan Relations
    What a crock this is why david sterns a joke

  • Right, it’s not KG or PP. Though the coach, GM and owner certainly pointed to injuries every other statement.

  • Ok so what I am reading from this post and comments made here is that Doc alone nearly blew this game for the team. Yes I know the players have to do the playing, but he actually admitted that he made the call to stop with the game plan that had his team dominating the best team in the NBA for 36 minutes and set them up for a “classic” second half collapse?
    Did I misread anything here?

  • Joseph

    What does it matter, Boston can’t beat the Cavs in a 7 game series. The Suckdics would be lucky to win 2 games in that series

  • droopy

    THE QUEEENN.. ive been callin him that for years and none of my boys seem to like it.. but i love it. hes a bitch. he cries all the time. not jordanesque

  • DRJ

    Thanks for the compliment Alex! (When I have something that might go on the front page, I just email it to the guys… works out pretty well all around. However, a FanPost-like or forum section on the side would be cool….)

  • DRJ

    But it’s the players who count.

  • DRJ

    Nope, you didn’t misread. This is still regular season, and Doc’s still experimenting from time to time.