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Pierce dismisses Knicks rivalry… and rightfully so

Chuck - Red's Army December 14, 2010 Uncategorized 7 Comments

Via ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg:

"It’s a rivalry?" Celtics captain Paul Pierce asked with a big grin. "Man, y’all are letting me in on all the new stuff, all the talk. I didn’t know we had a rivalry going."

With the Knicks, winners of eight straight, playing inspired ball and sitting a mere four games back in the division — about as close as an opponent has managed to stay in the Big Three era — the "R" word is being tossed around freely after years of lying dormant.

"Hey, if that's what y'all want it to be, if it'll sell more tickets and get more viewers, then I guess so," said Pierce. "[The media makes] up the rivalries, we don't. To be honest, New York is playing well, they're in our division, and both teams are streaking, so it's going to be an exciting game."

There will always be a rivalry between anything associated with Boston and New York. It's nature.

But to insinuate the Knicks are a legitimate threat to the Celtics is absurd. Yes, they are no longer a horrible team. I will grant them mediocre status.

As for Shaq's injured calf:

Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal, who has missed the last two games with a sore right calf, said he's "getting better," but Rivers said the team would evaluate him during Tuesday's practice before determining if he can play Wednesday against the Knicks.

"We'll see what he can do in practice today and, if he’s good, he’ll pay," said Rivers. "If not, we’ll probably sit him again."

Shaq playfully noted that his "calf juices" are replenishing after six days of rest, adding, "I'll be alright."

I'm betting the big fella laces them up and plays Wednesday night.

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  • http://jtshoopsblog.blogspot.com jtshoopsblog

    If I were u, I wouldn’t dismiss the Knick so non-chalantly.

  • greenbeand

    wait, who are the knicks?

  • MikeinNYC

    trying to get my hands on some tickets for tomorrow’s game. will be great watching all these knicks fans who came out of the cave they have been hiding in just in time to see the Celtics roll.
    must say, was at the raptors game last wed. when packed msg is still the best place around to watch basketball.

  • Classless

    Meh…Knicks are a .500 team when all is said and done. Diantoni’s system is like the Oakland A’s system: wins regular season games, useless in the playoffs.

  • ShawnCVD

    Even if they win they are not in the title hunt. The C’s are. Consider the Knicks are dismissed.

  • ShawnCVD

    oops drop the “are”

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    Just be glad the Knicks are bringing a more entertaining team than in the past. New York could win, the C’s most likely will, comfortably.