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 Indiana.
Jermaine O'Neal had a big night early, blocking everything that came into the paint, taking multiple offensive fouls, and crashing the boards. It was all every Pacer fan could do but not long for the play of O'Neal, partially envious for what he could still provide the Pacers, mostly annoyed that he was playing well against Indiana. It was a bittersweet performance from #7, that is until he went out with an injury in the third quarter. You can't make these things up.
Oh, Jermaine… how you love to torment us.
On Page 2, KG and Paul Pierce are compared to an old cat.
After one of the ugliest first halves of basketball I’ve ever seen (Indy led 33-25 at the break), the Pacers found a way to score some points. The bench was instrumental in the victory and some familiar — but unseen-so-far-this-season — faces keep the team out-playing Boston for most of the second 24 minutes. George Hill, AJ Price and Jeff Foster all showed why many people were talking up this team’s depth before the season started. Even with some regular contributors struggling (namely, all of them), Indy was able to grind this one out in Boston, who tied a franchise record for futility in a half with just 25 points in the opening two quarters. That’s impressive — even if Paul Pierce and KG looked like the 16-year-old pet cat I recently had to put down.
Typically, I would rush to defend Paul and Kevin from such childish criticism. But after last night's perfomance… it's justified.