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 Miami.
I particularly liked the moment where Garnett apparently didn’t like Big Z’s screen the play before so he clotheslined Mike Miller in retaliation. I suppose it was technically not a foul because his feet were set but you could see it in his eyes and how he threw out his right elbow that there was an intent to knock him down. That’s not a flagrant or a technical foul according to the refs. Yet when Garnett flops wildly after Wade reacts and shoves Garnett while fighting for position as both were going for the rebound, it’s a flagrant foul? Those are too many points given away in what would turn out to be a tight game. Inexcusable. (And what was up with Rondo annoyingly trying to be a pest during the ensuing Heat huddle? Where’s Jamaal Magloire when you really need him?)
"Clothesline" may be a tad strong. There's no doubt KG gave Miller a little extra something-something. It appeared legal to me, but I wouldn't have been surprised if the refs blew the whistle. There is ZERO consistency with the way officials call illegal screens.
As for Rondo's act, I assume it was legal because a time-out had not been called. Rondo has every right to that space on the court as the Heat players.
On Page 2, Mike Miller's ridiculous trash talk after the game.
Miller missed the potential tying 3-pointer in the final second and then had the nerve to tell Rivers, his former coach, “Don’t leave me open like that again next time.’’ That wasn’t precisely the plan, but the Celtics are content to allow the Miami bench to respond in critical moments.
Has Mike Miller ever made a clutch shot?