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Doc: the bench tonight… think about it Paul was 1-10 at halftime. Ray was 3-8. I may be off on that one… I'm guessing. And we had a big lead… and it was because of our bench. They all were feeling the adversity and going through it… and just hung in there. That's what happens in the playoffs.
Glen Davis: Sometimes emotionally I can get down on myself and get frustrated. When you're emotional you worry about the wrong things. Today I just played the game. That's it. I just played. I didn't worry about no shot. I didn't worry about anything else. I just played. That's what you gotta do.
Maybe most encouraging was the way the bench maintained an early lead for Boston, something it failed to do in the first three games against the Knicks. The Celtics kept at least three bench players on the court during a near nine-minute stint spanning into the second quarter in which a five-point lead built by the starters grew to nine before the first unit returned to the floor.
"Just played a little bit harder," said Jeff Green, who missed five of the seven shots he put up but chipped in five points and seven rebounds over 16:45 in a solid effort. "That's about it. I think that's what we needed to do. [Delonte] West came in and gave us some big minutes, myself, [Glen Davis] played tremendous today. It was just the effort that we needed to put forth today. It had to be another notch up."
Seems like the guys responded to Paul Pierce's criticism since Jeff Green basically echoed the captain's comments right there.
And it's pretty obvious that Glen Davis is just an emotional guy. He's going to be that forever and ever and ever and there's no way we're going to change that. He's the opposite of Jeff Green. Jeff is stoic (Doc calls him a "Poker Face" guy) and he'll rarely show you a lot of emotion on the floor. These are their personalities.
So the only thing Doc can do is try to work with it and harness that emotion in positive ways for Big Baby. Yesterday, Baby was able to keep it in check and just play ball. When he does that, he can be pretty good. When the emotions get the best of him, then you've got to find a way to rein him in a bit and get him back to just playing.
Good stuff out of the bench yesterday. We'll need them against Miami
On Page 2: Doc gets on KG… and KG responds
“I don’t get on Kevin often,’’ said Rivers. “But today he was so pass conscious because of the trapping. We had times where there were point guards on him. We just wanted him to be aggressive.’’
Garnett listened to his coach and came out firing in the third quarter, doing his best Carmelo Anthony impression and exploding for 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the period. But he may have taken his coach’s advice too far. With Garnett as the main offensive option, the Celtics’ lead shrank from 23 to 10 points.
“We got away from what we call our formula,’’ said Rivers. “We went to too much [isolation], too much post where they could see us and trap us. And that allowed them to trap.’’
“On those types of plays, Rondo usually takes my man with him and I just have to get the proper spacing and knock the shot down,” Garnett, who finished with a team-high 26 points, said. “That was no different.”
I love how KG talks about his job like he's not a primary weapon on this team.
Funny thing is… Part of me thinks he believes that. He passes so often… he so team-oriented… it's almost as if Doc has to hold up a mirror on the bench and say "who do you see in that mirror? Do you remember you're Kevin Garnett? Now go score."
When the C's work the ball around, they break down defenses and find openings. When they go iso like they did in the 3rd, they simply rely on shots going down. It's terrible. I hope they see that in film session. When four guys are standing around, the offense blows.
The rest of the links:
CSNNE: Game story (video): Celtics beat Knicks to advance | Billups to Boston? It's possible | Celtics pull off sweep | ESPN Boston: Morning snapshot: Answer man | Rapid reaction | WEEI: Celtics commplete sweep | Anybody else want to question Rajon Rondo? | Rondo on D'Antoni: Everybody has an opinion | Herald: Sweep stands as lesson for Celtics | Celtics leave NYC clean | Jermaine O'Neal does part | D'Antoni runs mouth, Rondo runs floor | Globe: Celtics sweep Knicks | It wasn't easy | Knicks remain optimistic | Rondo did just famously | NBA.com: Boston closes strong, awaits next round