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Enemy Chatter: KG insane to pick up Dirk that close

Chuck - Red's Army January 12, 2012 Uncategorized 6 Comments

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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 Dallas.

Funny, in my head, I almost thought Dirk needed to sit for a few extra minutes in the fourth. His jumper was wonky and he displayed little to no effort on the defensive end. How silly I am. Dirk is still scoring at the lowest rate since his rookie year but those veins remain frosty with nine clutch points in the fourth quarter. On the last basket, Garnett was absolutely insane to pick up Dirk that close to the three-point line. Call it foolish, old pride as the 25-year-old KG might have been able to hang with Dirk on the perimeter but not anymore. Dirk blew by Garnett and his 17 handcheck and body fouls before finishing a circus shot and-1 over former Maverick Brandon Bass. Dirk has the reputation of plenty heroic fades and jumpers but the German has quietly complied quite the list of game-winning and game-tying layups, dating back to his legendary layup against the Spurs in Game 7 in 2006. Basically, Dirk is just the best and no one should ever doubt his immortality.

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I understand the need to play up on Dirk. Give him a half-inch and he’ll make you pay with a fadeaway jumper. But Garnett was pelvis-to-pelvis with Dirk on the perimeter. Even a 25-year old Garnett might have a hard time keeping pace once Dirk gets that left hand extended.

It was a silly decision. One that cost the Celtics the game.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    maybe some desperate playoff team can wow danny at the deadline

  • http://profile.typepad.com/tcsherwood KY Celts fan

    I don’t think it was a terrible decision. Dirk is one of the greatest shooters of all time; THE greatest for his height. If Garnett hadn’t gotten so close, Dirk would have just done his signature one-footed fadeaway and still made the basket. It was a pick your poison situation.
    The problem was the help defense from Bass came too late. If Dirk takes a jumper, its all on KG to stop it which is nearly impossible for anyone to do. If he drives past him, there is supposed to be help defense to stop it. Bass rotated late and gave Dirk the opening to make the shot, albeit a crazy one.
    The play I hated most late in the game was the drive by Terry where Garnett and Pierce just watched as he entered the paint. Neither even took a step forward and gave Terry the uncontested layup. Luckily Rondo was able to immediately answer. Pierce was playing with cinder blocks tied to his ankles all night.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kristovar Kristovar

    For me the most maddening play came right toward the end of the game with Rondo’s inbound pass to Ray that went straight out of bounds. I about ripped my hair out when that happened.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sondler Jerry Sondler

    Dirk v. KG :
    It was a “big man” version of Ray Allen beating Sasha Vujacic in 2008 {Game 4}.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jmeedu James Eisenman

    It’s not that he played up on him that was the problem. He committed to overplaying his left hand. Dirk goes with both hands. It’s not Bass’ problem that KG gave one of the best finishers in the game a free right hand to the basket. Dumb

  • http://profile.typepad.com/tcsherwood KY Celts fan

    It was definitely frustrating, but it was really just good defense by Dirk to take away the direct pass to the corner.