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.
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.’’
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.
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.
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.