Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying as a good morning dump.
because they didn’t play well. We’re upset because we didn’t play well.
But they’re just playing very well to go through two series like that.
No. 1, they will get down and dirty on defense. No. 2, they are a very
unselfish team on offense.’’
Well, I'll be darned. Those gray beards in the green uniforms who
frustrated us with their inconsistent play from November to April are
four wins away from Banner 18.
How great is that quote from SVG? It sums up this team perfectly.
Doc Rivers deserves a ton of credit. Aside from the obvious move of preparing Nate Robinson to play last night, he pushed the right buttons all season long. Remember the "practice hard, play less minutes" strategy at the end of the regular season?
“I had seen unhealthy, and
we were .500 unhealthy … We only had one shot at this.”
“I thought it was the right plan, but it didn’t look right because we
were losing,” Rivers said. “But guys were resting and conditioning, and I
thought that was the only chance we had.”
While he couldn't convince the media, he did convince his players they could achieve this.
On the injury front, Doc said he thinks Rondo will be fine, yet he's concerned about Rasheed's back spasms. I'm sure 5 full days off will cure most of this team's aches and pains.
On Page 2, kudos to Nate Robinson but the night belonged to Paul Pierce.
rebounds and 5 assists over 44:53. He erupted for 11 points in the third
quarter, getting to the line for six freebies — all of which he made
– while helping the Celtics build a 21-point cushion and coast to the
finish line of the series.
But it was Pierce's work on the glass that really stood out to the
"The rebounding — I said it earlier, if you want to see how Paul
Pierce is playing, go to the rebound numbers," said Celtics coach Doc
Rivers. "If those numbers are high, that means he's playing well."
It was a money performance by a money player. In his column this morning (see link on Page 1) Bob Ryan compared Pierce to Bird and Havlicek. He was right on.
The rest of the links:
Globe – A shot at Banner 18 | Robinson emerges as star pupil | Despite pains, gains made | Herald – Cs finally done kidding around | Celtics are no Bruins | Rivals give Green their due | ESPN Boston – Finals tickets on sale June 2 | Rivers savings plan pays dividends | Cs knock off another favorite | WEEI – 5 reasons the Cs won Game 6 | Guess who's heading back to the Finals? | Magic lost control from the start | Yahoo! – Road to redemption |