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Enemy Chatter: KG walked through Sanders’ shoulder

Chuck - Red's Army March 1, 2012 Uncategorized 5 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 Milwaukee.

Sanders had a solid Larry Sanders game:  some defense, seven rebounds, a few tip-ins.  But in the second quarter, he had the perfect reaction to a typical Kevin Garnett head-game/stunt.

Headed to a timeout, Sanders and Garnett crossed paths on the court, but Sanders was looking elsewhere and Garnett made a point to walk straight through Sanders’ shoulder and jolt him.  Larry countered with a measured response.  He didn’t go nuts and start a fight.  He didn’t walk away as a flustered victim.  Instead, he reached out a long arm and turned Kevin’s shoulder toward him as if to say, “Hey, I’m here and I’m paying attention now. Knock it off.”

The refs got the call correct, too, doling out a double technical instead of solely penalizing Larry’s reaction.

Behind the Buck Pass

I haven't had the chance to look at the replay so I'm not 100% convinced Garnett targeted Sanders. Given the history of both players, this sounds like vintage KG.

Mike Gorman complemented the official for diffusing the situation, but he did so by handing out double-technicals. I HATE double-techs. They're a crutch for officials who don't have the balls to find the instigator.

On Page 2, the difference between Rajon Rondo and Brandon Jennings.

Both Jennings and Rondo had eight assists and two turnovers at one point.

That is where the comparisons end. Rondo controlled Boston’s offense, manipulated and moved through the Bucks defense, took chances and set his teammates up. Brandon Jennings passed the ball. That’s what he did. He dribbled the ball up the court and then he passed it. On rare occasions, he shot it. For a brief period in the fourth quarter, he looked great. Back-to-back threes always get our hopes up with Jennings.

Otherwise he did what every point guard in the D-League and every point guard that plays on a major college basketball team could have done. Meanwhile, Rondo finished with a triple double. Remember when there was some conversation about which one of them was an All-Star?

Bucksketball

It's sad when opposing bloggers heap more praise on Rajon Rondo than half the fans/readers on this site. 

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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  • vandell

    Really sad. Im a celtics fan first, but Rondo is my favorite player in the league. Im starting to feel celtics fans don’t deserve his presence . He wont be appreciated until he is shredding the celtics defense like its nothing with a different jersey on his back.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/eric73 mrchumpy

    We shred because we want humility and improvement, not because we’re abject haters. Rondo takes unnecessary risks with the ball that drive Doc up the wall, and there are growing reports of his attitude problems.
    There’s no I in Ubuntu.

  • James Eisenman

    It’s much easier to love Rondo when he’s NOT on YOUR team and you don’t see his attitude every other night. It’s like when people are shocked that the “perfect couple” announce that they’re getting a divorce. The outsiders don’t see the serial cheater like the other spouse does.

  • chachee

    I disagree. Not all the readers/fans of this site are bashing Rondo. We respond to whatever content is fed to us. If a headline suggests that Rondo is on the trade block, then the fans/readers comment. If Rondo’s name is mentioned about not giving it his all and only showing up when he wants, then WE (the fans/readers) comment. I can’t tell you how many times I read something, on this site, about how Redsarmy is “selling” Rondo’s performance. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say Rondo sucks and we should be upset because he’s basketball’s version of Randy Moss but then write something like, “it’s sad that more praise for Rondo comes from other teams bloggers than readers from this site”. That’s not fair. No one wants to see Rondo go. However, if he’s upset with losing and let’s his frustration with trade rumors affect his play, he’s got a LONG time to wait before the C’s are contenders again, especially if no moves are made. This team is not making it out of the 1st round. If Rondo becomes disgruntled, why frustrate him even more?

  • sev

    he didn’t say ALL the readers/fans, he said half.