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"Me knowing Chris, I know he's got that game penciled in based on what happened last year with the Paul Pierce dunk, with the kick and stuff," Evans said. "Knowing him, when he has so much ammunition on a team, I know he's looking forward to that game. He may deny it, but I'm pretty sure he's looking forward to it. It's going to be fun to watch."
Evans explained that Bosh never said anything about the play, but suggested that it wouldn't be a big leap of faith to suggest that the new Heat forward is using that play to prepare for the Oct. 26 showdown at the Garden.
"Anybody would take that personally," Evans said. "Getting kicked on a dunk, who wouldn't take that personally? The thing about it is that Chris never said anything about it out of his own mouth, but Chris, with his competitive nature, I could see how he would be looking forward to playing him again.
Did Chris Bosh hire Reggie Evans as his spokesman?
For the record, that dunk happened in November. Bosh had two other chances in the regular season to seek redemption.
Evans – labeled the league's dirtiest player by his peers – is clearly annoyed that Bosh never sought payback.
We all know that's not Bosh's style. He's a non-confrontational kinda guy. He'd rather play 3rd fiddle than carry a team on his shoulders.
On Page 2, Stephane Lasme is making a strong bid for the 15th roster spot.
Lasme has made the most of his limited opportunities, scoring 12 points and grabbing four rebounds in seven minutes in the preseason opener against the 76ers last week.
“I think I have a pretty good defensive mentality,” said Lasme, the former shot-block specialist at UMass. “This team is based on defense and I like playing defense. I think I can help in that way.”
Lasme’s versatility has caught Rivers’ attention.
“I like him a lot,” Rivers said. “He just does everything. He has high energy, he has a high basketball IQ, he’s athletic – he’s probably our most athletic player . . . He has a great shot of making our team.”
I just can't see the Celtics going with an unproven guy like Lasme. We've heard Doc and Danny say repeatedly that the team needs another shooter. For all his athleticism and defensive prowess, Lasme is not a shooter. Plus, there is a ton of depth in the front court.
The rest of the links:
CSNNE – West returns to form in return to Garden | Garnett sets tone in preseason victory | Jermaine does it with defense in debut | Patriot Ledger – West/Robinson combo looks like winner | ESPN Boston – Why Doc hates SI | Lasme finds dream opportunity | Postgame notes | Globe – Bob Ryan Once more, with healing | Triano impressed by Rondo |