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.
“You make your bed, you have to lay in it,” he said. “So if I have to
deal with it, then it is what it is. I’m just smarter than that.
Composure is everything in the playoffs. . . . I have to keep my
composure in a situation like that.”
“I just saw Q was standing over him, talking nonsense,’’ Garnett said.
“I just asked him to give him some room. Before you knew it, mayhem
started . . . Before you knew it, it all just broke out. I have to use
my head, the only thing that I saw was Paul hurt, and that was the only
thing that I cared about at that time.’’
… “I don’t even remember elbowing anybody,’’ Garnett said after the
Celtics closed out a Game 1 win. “I just remember people grabbing me.
That’s all I remember. Next thing I know, Doc [Rivers]
is sitting there yelling at me.’’
Hey Rahseed Wallace… you're going to have to step up in Game 2… because KG is probably sitting. Everyone around the team seems to be resigning themselves to that. We can only hope the league sees Quentin Richardson's move as an escalation and maybe it will mitigate everything.
If the Celtics need any added motivation… just take Quentin Richardson's quote and put it up on the bulletin board:
Explaining how he saw
things unfold, Richardson said, “I was trying to get over there to take
the ball out of bounds and he started to talk to me so I talked back. I
don’t have any business talking to him [Pierce], he was on the ground
crying. I don’t know what was going on, two actresses over there, that’s
what they are.’’
that when he walked over “I said to Jermaine [O’Neal],
‘He’s OK,’ because I knew nobody touched him. Is he taking another
break like he does so many times? Sometimes he falls like he’s about to
be out for the season and then he gets right up, that’s all I said.’’
You can eat a fat one, Q. That's all I gotta say about that.
On Page 2, we give credit where credit is due
"I think for couple minutes there they kind of got in our head," Wade
said when asked if the Celtics bullied their way back from a 14-point,
third-quarter deficit. "We started turning the ball over and taking bad
shots. We can’t get into their game with the, That’s not a successful
game for us because that’s not the way we play. Now we’re not gonna
back down, no question about it. You gotta understand that there gonna
try to rush you, they’re gonna try to get up in you. There gonna try to
do a lot of things. They’re gonna get away with more things than we’re
gonna get away with. It’s simple, it is what it is. They’re respected
in this league for their toughness. So you gotta fight through it and
come out on the other end of it.”
Allen did a spectacular job limiting Wade, holding him without a
point for nearly a quarter's worth of time spanning into the fourth
frame as Boston's defense propelled the comeback.
Tony Allen did work last night. Plain and simple. Tony Allen was reason #1 why the Celtics won that game. 29 minutes off the bench, 7-12 shooting, 3 steals, 2 blocks… and NO TURNOVERS.
And let's not overlook the efforts of Glen Davis, who grabbed 8 boards, many of them in the key stretch where the Celtics were cutting Miami's lead down late in the 3rd. The Celtics needed every one of those boards, too… because Kendrick Perkins had a bad game. Luckily, Baby picked him up.
There rest of the links:
Herald: Celtics comeback win open and shut case | Rondo leaves Heat ill | Scal ready if Doc calls | Wade: We must be calm | Wrapping up Tony Award | Globe: Celtics put lid on Heat | Defense solid | Tony Allen had guard up | Some reasons to believe | ESPN Boston: 3 point play: TA, Pierce, Melee | Video: KG's comments | WEEI: For Celtics & Heat, there's no hiding hostility now | Beasley: The Celtics are going to try to punk us | Richardson on Pierce, KG: I don't like them | Fast Break: Celtics Heat | Souza: Just like old times | TA wins Sixth Man award | CSNNE: A closer look at KG's elbow