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 New York.
The Celtics had Carmelo Anthony's number.
The Knicks forward said he attempted to do a bunch of different things to move the ball, beat double-teams by passing and get his teammates involved in last night's first-round playoff game at the Garden.
"Loosen the defense up," Anthony said. "But it just seems like [the Celtics] weren't loosening up."
"I think they made adjustments, especially defending me [from Games 1 and 2]," Anthony said. "They doubled every time I got the ball. They sent somebody over whenever I got the ball in the mid-post area or the elbow. They loaded up. They'd shift the court. They were sending two-three guys at a time.
"And that makes it tough, when you catch the ball and you're looking at two-three guys, just everybody's just staring at you."
Melo sure has changed his tune. After Games 1 and 2, he was reluctant to give the Celtics any credit for their wins. Now he sounds like a beaten man.
Melo's counterpart – Paul Pierce – enjoyed the Celtics decimation of the Knicks.
The crowd recognized him as an "a——" with chants, and the referees whistled three fouls on him in the first half, but Celtics wing Paul Pierce, constantly engaging in the game's physical grind, found a rhythm early against the Knicks and never relented Friday night.
His final 3-pointer punctuated an all-out assault. When the ball rippled through the net, Pierce left his hand high, smiled to the crowd and slipped into a trotting gait, so impressed with his own perfection.
I can relate to Paul. There have been many times where I've finished writing a blog, hit the publish button and trotted away from my laptop… impressed with my own perfection.
On Page 2, hyperbole at its finest.
That one was pure pain and misery from jump street. Traditionally, every time I've written a recap, I've gone through each player to give my impression of his impact on the game. That would not make sense in this case, however, because every player who made an impact on the game seemed to be wearing green tonight. Paul Pierce (ugh) and Ray Allen combined to shoot approximately 99% from the floor, including 99.5% from beyond the arc, and Rajon Rondo had one of the gaudier triple-doubles in the history of the NBA playoffs.
Anyone have an ounce of sympathy for Knicks fans?
I didn't think so…