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“We don’t have a smackdown
mentality,’’ he said. “You might have seen that with [Kevin]
Garnett on [Orlando’s Dwight] Howard
in Game 6 in Boston, where he was smacking Howard’s arm and
was finally called for an offensive foul. That’s not our kind of team.
We don’t go out there to smack people around.
“I call it more resiliency. We’re a more
resilient ball club. We try to stay strong and play hard. But we’re
going to have to withstand some of that. We’re going to have to play
through it. We have some guys who are capable of playing to that style
in [Derek] Fisher and Ron [Artest]
and obviously Kobe [Bryant]. But our
big guys are going to have to stand up because that’s basically what got
the Celtics through Orlando.’’
Phil Jackson planted a ‘seed’ like this one before the OKC and Phoenix series. He said Kevin Durant gets all the calls. He said Steve Nash carries the ball.
I don’t believe this ‘smackdown’ comment is geared towards the referees. Jackson is speaking to his own team. He knows the Celtics will try to bully the Lakers (Rumor has it, Pau Gasol asked the league office to let him wear a helmet), and he doesn’t want them a) respond by playing too physical (you listening Ron?) and b) cower in the corner (you listening Pau?).
Meanwhile, there are no hidden messages from Doc:
“We’re just going to be us,” Rivers said following Monday’s practice. “I
don’t know if that’s with any particular person. We’re going to be us
and if that’s physical, that’s what we’re going to be.”
On Page 2, updates on the injuries.
Rivers. “Rasheed is not right yet, he did the skeleton offense stuff,
but other than that, we didn’t allow any contact. So if we have a
concern right now with anybody, [Wallace] would be the only one.”
Rivers noted that Marquis
Daniels, who suffered a concussion in Game 5 against Orlando, will
remain sidelined indefinitely. That means Brian
Scalabrine, who ran through drills with the second team at the end
of Monday’s practice, will likely be active for at least the start of
the Finals and possibly the entire series.
“Marquis is out,” said
Rivers. “I don’t know if it’s the whole Finals, but right now he’s out.”
Perkins was still sporting tape over his sprained right wrist, but
participated fully, as did Tony
Allen, who continues to nurse a sore ankle after twisting it in Game
2 against the Magic.
The rest of the links:
Globe – Better chalk it up | Past is perfect, present is tense | Herald – Callahan predicts Cs win | LA gives rivalry a shrug | LA brings out Truth | Kobe offers new issues | WEEI – What Papi sees in Baby | Ted Green apologizes for stabbing line | 5 Questions for the Finals | ESPN Boston – Pierce vs Artest | Celtics – Lakers History | Celtics Blog – Who will step up? |