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Pierce’s Comment Fuels Wade’s Motivation

Jay April 17, 2010 Uncategorized 2 Comments

It's always interesting to read what the enemy has to say about an upcoming matchup or in this case, a playoff series.  While most local (and national) pundits believe the Celtics will eliminate the Heat, the only argument seems to be how many games it will take.  It has gone the full spectrum with people picking the Celtics in 4, 5, 6 and even 7 games.  Not in Miami however.  Maybe it's the positive vibes from being in the South Beach sun but the Miami scribes like the Heat to advance.  Here's what Israel Gutierrez has to say about the Celtics:

And his Heat has followed, to the point where it has been the hottest in the league during the final six weeks of the season.

Do you think that doesn't matter when it comes to a facing the Celtics? Think again. This isn't about some immeasurable concept like momentum. It's about a real trend. The Heat has been playing excellent basketball during its 18-4 run through March and April.

The Celtics, on the other hand, have been little more than mediocre during its 15-14 run to end the season that includes losses to the Knicks, Rockets, Wizards, Grizzlies and Nets. The Heat couldn't lose to the Nets even though it was trying to.

The veteran Celtics can talk themselves into believing they're still capable. But it's merely the denial of a team living off reputation.

The Heat is on a roll. Wade is at his best. And the Celtics will be at his mercy. He will take advantage of Garnett's slow reaction, of Kendrick Perkins' overly aggressive defensive play and of Rajon Rondo's roaming nature on defense.

Furthermore:



These aren't the Celtics of 2008. And these Celtics haven't seen the best of Wade.

“In '08, I think that [Celtics team] was probably the best defensive team I've ever faced,'' Wade said. “In those games, I was trying to be too aggressive at the wrong times. So I've tried to be smarter against them and pick my spots. Every team has a weakness; you just have to try to find it.''

The gloves are off and the lines have been drawn.  Time to drink from the firehose!

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704263ce970b Papa Irish

    does it bother anyone else that he refers to the heat singularly? … the heat is on a roll…

  • Shawn-cvd

    This is why teams without plural names are retarded. What do you do say if you were ever so lucky to with such a poorly named team? “I’m so happy to be a Heat.” How about giving Orlando’s Center some praise? “Dwight Howard is the most dominant Magic since Shaq!” And now you can say such verbal abortions as “the Thunder is going to shock the Lakers”. Now to combine it all “The Jazz is well prepared to contain the scoring champion and OKC Thunder Kevin Durant.”
    Lame.