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Enemy Chatter: The Celtics still bully the Magic

Chuck - Red's Army February 7, 2011 Uncategorized 9 Comments

I often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics after playing the Celtics. Here's a dose of 'enemy chatter' from Orlando.

The Magic had seen their antics countless times — the yakety-yak, the ref-baiting, the bullying tactics.

"Extracurricular B.S.," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy called it. "They create it and the other team can't play through it." Photos from another physical Magic-Celtics game

The Magic are not only still falling for these shamrock shenanigans, but falling to the Celtics in the usual manner, helpless at times to do anything about it.

The Magic had seen their antics countless times — the yakety-yak, the ref-baiting, the bullying tactics.

"Extracurricular B.S.," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy called it. "They create it and the other team can't play through it."

The Magic are not only still falling for these shamrock shenanigans, but falling to the Celtics in the usual manner, helpless at times to do anything about it.

Orlando Sentinel

As long as Dwight Howard continues his aww-shucks routine, the Magic will be bullied. I've said this before, and I will say it again – Howard is too soft. Sounds crazy as he is the most physically imposing player in the league, but his demeanor needs to change. And this new routine of blowing kisses to the crowd and mocking opposing players pre-game rituals (KG's powder toss) does nothing to help. He needs to be tutored by Rick Mahorn and Bill Laimbeer in the off-season. Howard and his teammates would benefit greatly from this attitude adjustment.

Rondo exerted his will on the game and because Howard isn’t able to be as aggressive on defense as he has been in previous years because the security blanket known as Marcin Gortat is gone, it’s forced him to be more passive with his interior defense. Howard can’t afford to get in foul trouble because he is, more or less, the first and last line of defense for Orlando. Rondo knew this and was relentless in his attack, dribble penetrating into the lane and collapsing the Magic’s defense in the process. Rondo made it easy for his teammates like Allen, Garnett, and Pierce to do their thing on offense and it resulted in an easy win for the Celtics.

Magic Basketball

Rondo sure is fun to watch when he's attacking the basket.

On Page 2, Gilbert Arenas tops the "dog ate my homework" excuse.

“I haven’t liked the 2 o'clock games in the past because I can’t eat breakfast," Arenas said. "And [Saturday], I slept all day, so I figured I’d put food in my system. So I came into the game a little weary, I guess when I got the offensive rebound, I don’t know who hit me, but I got hit a little hard, was a little dazed.

"I didn’t score today? Yeah, I don’t think I’ve ever not scored. Maybe rookie season. Nah, I scored in middle school, this is probably the first, I guess there’s a first for everything."

ESPN Boston

What in the hell?….

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  • Classless

    Its pretty obvious with the Magic. Its bad coaching (Van Gundy can’t get his soft players to ignore the Celtics “extracurricular b.s.”?) And a bad GM (Otis Smith trades his only big guy away for a guy that blames breakfast for his shitty play?).

  • Nora

    This is rich considering all of Dwight Howard ‘shenanigans’ LOL
    Hypocrites!

  • greenbeand

    the magic are a joke and stan van pussy is a complete loser- who would want to play for him?

  • Banner18

    The Orlando Magic do more clutching and grabbing than most NBA teams (they have to because they don’t move their feet). Howard climbs over the back for rebounds and never gets called for it. They perceive the Celtics as bullies because they can’t stop them, then to compensate, Orlando resorts to cheap shots, hard fouls and pushing players down low when they’re in the air.
    There IS a difference between the tough, physical play of the Celtics and the cheap shot, clutch and grab play of Orlando. There are always many shades of gray, but on Sunday it was Orlando who fouled more and justly got called for it, in what I thought was one of the better officiated games of the season. Sure the refs missed a few, but they’re human, and for the most part they got it right on Sunday.
    Go Celtics!

  • jared

    Its impossible for me to watch D. Howard on the court and think anything other than “this guy does not take the game seriously”
    Hes a paper tiger, who also at times acts like a petulant bitch on the floor.
    Next!

  • steveb

    If they called Dwight Howard for his moving screens like they call Perk he wouldn’t play 12 minutes a game. The guy is always moving and edging into the defensive player. He even clutches them if he can to further slow them down. He has this rep as soft which is his personality. My biggest problem is he wants to be the nice guy but every now and then he takes these awful cheap shots on guys. The push on KG was bad but I’ve seen him do way worse, knocking guys down while they’re in the air. His offense has come a long way from last year though. I’ve been impressed with the new low post moves he has and he’s able to finish usually.

  • KY Celts fan

    What do the Magic expect? They traded away defense for offense. And when you’re up against a team like Boston that knows how to limit offense, you better have something to fight back with. And besides Howard, they’re soft on defense.

  • CelticsSuck4Ever

    Boston is the dirtiest team in the NBA by far. They are good at hiding it so I will give them some credit.

  • Caterpillar from Italy

    Thanks, your blessing is crucial to us.