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Your Morning Dump… The Legend of Luke grows

Chuck - Red's Army January 8, 2011 Uncategorized 10 Comments

Luke
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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.

“Just to hit that first shot and get my momentum going was huge for me,” Harangody said. “My teammates have been behind me this whole time, so it’s been great.

“Tonight was probably the first night I felt the most comfortable out there and could just kind of be me. You know, I finally relaxed. You could probably see that. Everyone could probably see that. It finally felt good to be out there and have some fun.”

And while the Celtics coaches may have been concerned about him guarding a taller Raptor, the same big guy also had to get out deeper on the court to check Harangody.

“He can do that. That’s the one thing we knew,” said Rivers. “And when he slows down like he did today, he makes those shots.

“You know, every time he makes a shot, the legend of Luke grows in a lot of ways. You know, we laugh, but it does. Next game you’ll hear the other (team) yelling, ‘Get back out to him. Get back out to him.’ And that creates space for (Rajon) Rondo and everybody else.”

Herald – Luke Harangody feels a force

It's all gravy… That's the best way to describe productive minutes from Luke Harangody.

You could say 17 points and 11 rebounds is the gravy, biscuit, desert and after-dinner drink.

Anything that limits the minutes of the big guns (especially during tough stretches) helps this team.

Related links: CSNNE - Harangody legend grows | WEEI – Here comes Harangody |

On Page 2, Jermaine's knee is sore… again.

Celtics reserve center Jermaine O'Neal sat out the second half of Friday's game with left knee soreness, an injury that has already sidelined him for 20 games this season.

“His knee was sore, so I knew in the second half I wasn’t going to go with him," said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. "And we had a lead, so we just looked at it and, if we could get him through this game and maybe play him tomorrow, it would be great."

O'Neal's status for Saturday's game in Chicago is uncertain. He sat out the second half of a loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 8, then missed the next 19 games as he rehabbed a surgically repaired knee that's hindered him in the latter stages of his career.

"[The knee] was a little sore before the game, but at halftime he came to me and said, ‘Man, my knee’s sore,’" said Rivers. "I think his knee’s sore for the rest of his life. But there’s going to be different degrees of pain."

ESPN Boston

It doesn't sound like Jermaine has much time left in the NBA. Tape that sucker together and hope it holds through June. Or at least until Perk returns in a few weeks. Did you hear? KG might be back Monday.

Related link: CSNNE – Jermaine still bothered by sore knee |

The rest of the links:

CSNNE – Celts gain momentum for Bulls | Davis ready to change roles with Garnett's return | Celtics embarass Raptors | Globe – Celtics rip Raptors | Garnett could return Monday | Perkins back soon | West working with one good hand | Herald – Feeling good in Garden | WEEI – Celtics react to Leon Powe's latest surgery |

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  • DRJ

    Looks to me like the second coming of Leon Powe – with much better shooting and knees. We’re gonna need this guy, esp if JO doesn’t make it.

  • javagoogle

    Dear JO,
    See the link to the left (YBN list) about Kobe’s knee being ‘almost bone on bone’?.
    Same mofo that who broke a finger on his shooting hand midseason and had to relearn how to shoot with his other hand on his way to ‘you know where’ last year.
    I still hate that mofo. But game recognize game.
    You’re here for a reason. We need you to earn that MLE.
    Please and thank you.

  • paul

    Doesn’t it seem like Shaq steps up when Jermaine’s not feeling well, and Jermaine steps up when Shaq’s not feeling well … which was how it was supposed to work, but when you see it actually working, it’s great.

  • C

    Shaq steps up, maybe not in the scoring way but he’s stepping up.

  • zippittyay

    Harangody has the strangest looking shot that actually works since Jamaal Wilkes

  • Banner 18

    All we need is the correct chant. It’s Go-Deee … Go-Dee… Go-Deee!

  • Banner18

    Good point. Jamaal’s shot was more of a behind-the-head, slingshot. Gody’s is an exagerated version of Reggie Miller’s cross-armed follow through. The odd thing about Luke’s shot is that he appears to blind himself at the end.

  • Banner18

    From his comments and demeanor, winning a championship this year does not appear to be JO’s number one priority. Some folks just can’t play with pain.
    JO is playing better and we may need him in stretches, but his attitude is a distraction and is poison for the young guys. It’s easy to read between the lines that Doc doesn’t like it either. Remember when Doc said something like “shouldn’t he have to play a game before he’s allowed to talk to the media?” Vets need to tell him to shut up and play. No one wants to hear that he wants to retire in Indiana. Hopefully Perk comes back strong and JO can rest his knees on the bench.

  • javagoogle

    Yup!
    In my head, that press conference thing happened like this:
    * ‘Little Bird’ @ Waltham practice facility while everyone else was working (You can hear those sounds in the background while the ‘interview’ was going on)*:
    “Hey, JO’s doing an interview”.
    Everybody else (esp those playing ‘hurt’):
    WTF?!.
    *Doc Rivers to self*
    “I better get in there and do a ‘tactfully defuse the situation while getting the message across’ thing before KG makes another teammate cry in front of the media.
    *Execute sequence*
    Since then;
    1) Doc has been really ‘nice’ to him in the media.
    2) We have’nt heard much talk from Junior O’Neal.
    3) I spend sleepless nights worrying that he’ll come down with a vaginal yeast infection or something equally mindblowing.
    Please don’t get me wrong, I KNOW he’s extremely talented and brings a lot to the ‘Banner 18′ table .
    He just gives off a heavy ‘90% is enough’ vibe.
    It’s not. Def not on this year’s team.
    Sorry about the long posts!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157053529f970b zippittyay

    I’m relieved to know I’m not the only guy who remembered Jamaal’s funny looking shot. I couldn’t even find an example of it on youtube!