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 Philadelphia.
If the Sixers are matched up with the Celtics in the first round, it may end ugly. The help defense from the 7-6 last night was lackluster. I understand though. Boston is one of the best passing teams in the league (Rondo had 13 assists) and choosing to collapse on the player driving to the bucket sometimes isn’t even the best option. Paul Pierce (18 points, 3-of-4 from three point) and Kevin Garnett (14 points) were the beneficiaries of wide open perimeter shots thanks to Sixer collapses. Add in the fact that Spencer Hawes seemed like a ghost defensively on the inside too and you get a near 20-point loss.
Around here, we'rve been trained by the media to be scared of Philly. "Oh no, you don't wanna play the 76ers, they are too athletic…"
Blah, blah, blah. The Celtics will smoke this team in 5.