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 dirty work because, you know, I was one of the main focal points on
the team,” he said yesterday. “But here with me coming off the bench and
having the Big Three, as y’all like to call them – or the Big Four, I
should say – I’m not really needed to score. So I have to go in there
and do the little things to help the team.
"If it’s fouling somebody hard, I’m going to foul your (butt) hard. If
it’s screening, I’m going to screen you hard. Whatever. I know I’m not
major no more.”
“The difference is, I’m clean with it,” he said. “You know, some guys
who do that, they’re dirty with it. They’re like walking under you when
you’re taking a jump shot. But I don’t dirty-play. It’s just all tough. I
don’t do dirty play.”
When it comes to fouling hacking, no one gets their money's worth like Rasheed Wallace.
His presence doesn't allow Howard to relax. Typically, when a starter with a defensive mindset leaves the game (i.e. Perk), his counterpart breathes a sigh of relief. No such luck for Howard.
Speaking of back-up centers, the Celtics cannot have a mental lapse on Marcin Gortat. He's proven that he can burn them.
On Page 2, Rondo and KG's staring contest in Game 1.
in internal squabbles.
For example, take a brief but intense first-quarter disagreement
and Kevin Garnett on Sunday.
“I had two guys arguing over a play yesterday, and I had to call a
timeout because they couldn’t move past it,” Rivers said. “Two plays
later you could see them staring at each other – it was over a defensive
rotation – and that’s something you can’t have. It’s all right to
disagree, but then you have to move forward.”
I'm a bit surprised by this revelation. I realize a team like the Celtics has a lot of alpha males, but at some point you gotta let it go. Like that time I won the New England District IV Blogger of the Year in 2007. John was jealous, but he sucked it up and didn't let it affect our team goals.
The rest of the links:
Globe – Defensive rotation comes full circle | Focus on prevention is finally paying off | Magic give outside estimates | CSNNE – Cs at home on the road | Magic seek better play from Howard, Lewis | ESPN Boston – Glue guy (Doc) | Herald – Celtics success away from Garden a wonder | Ray Allen a man of resolve | Fox – Kobe, Lakers stomp Suns |