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Your Morning Dump… Doc keeps it in perspective

Chuck - Red's Army April 2, 2012 Uncategorized 3 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. 

Say this for Doc Rivers — he’s not going to order any blank white banners with green trim just because his team systematically dismantled one of the best teams in the NBA on Sunday at TD Garden. The Celtics outscored the Heat, 31-12, in the third quarter, taking the heart right out Miami en route to a 91-72 blowout over the second-place team in the Eastern Conference.

The Celtics could very well see Miami in the playoffs. And if they do, does Sunday’s performance give Rivers a baseline of what it’s going to take to have a chance?

“It’s going to take this, and better because they’re going to be better,” Rivers said. “Miami didn’t play well today. We had something to do with it but they didn’t play well. They’re better than that. We know that.”

WEEI

Watch the video clip (with headphones – NSFW) and remind yourself that yesterday's win counts as just one win in the standings.

In the span of 24 hours, I've gone from "the Celtics deserve more respect from the national media" to "let's not get crazy with our expectations." 

I'm not worried about the team overreacting. They are too smart and too experienced. And Doc Rivers will never let them get comfortable. 

The Celtics have a helluva week – Spurs, Bulls and Pacers. How many wins would make you happy? I'll throw a party if they can win 2 out of 3. 

Related link: Herald – Stating case for respect | ESPN – Doc Rivers mixing right formula

On Page 2, Mickael Pietrus is having trouble with light.

Still feeling the affects of what coach Doc Rivers said was a Grade III concussion (the most serious classification), particularly light sensitivity, Pietrus' return to the court remains in limbo, but the team was excited to have him in attendance for a blockbuster matchup with the Heat. 

"I wouldn’t be surprised if he played next week [and] I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn't see him," Rivers said. "I just don’t know. With that injury, I don’t think anyone really knows now. When I played it was easy, we just played the next day and [Rivers' former Hawks coach] Mike Fratello would yell at me for not playing well. Now I call Mike all the time and tell him, ‘I have an excuse!’ But really it’s amazing what we didn’t know back then and what we know now. I’m glad we know it now." 

The Celtics expected Pietrus to simply pop in and Rivers said he was hoping to send him right back home to recover. In typical Pietrus fashion, he stayed until the end of the game to revel with his teammates after a big win over the rival Heat. Spotted leaving the locker room, he wore sunglasses and a hood to help with the light sensitivity. 

ESPN Boston

Glad to see Pietrus visiting the Garden, but the light sensitivity scares me. We're going to need his defense in the playoffs. 

The rest of the links:

CSNNE – Rondo once again shines on big stage | James: Good ole fashioned you know what | Globe – Bradley getting comfortable as a starter | Rondo triple-double helps Celtics stifle Heat | Road not so hot for stumbling foe | Herald – Celtics hand Heat beating | Rondo tunes in yet again | Healthy guard Doo-ing more | WEEI – Fast starts key to winning ways | ESPN Boston – Turnaround on turnovers | Healthy Pierce helping to mask injuries | Rondo shines under spotlight

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

    1 1/2 games behind orlando.. why not

  • And1

    In the span of 24 hours, I’ve gone from “the Celtics deserve more respect from the national media” to “let’s not get crazy with our expectations.” National media? U mean espn, because they’re too star struck, blind or ignorant to believe that Miami, can actually lose to the Bulls, Thunder, or even the Celtics.
    Miami, has great talent in James, Wade and Bosh, but they’re not a great overall team. Bulls, Thunder, Spurs and Celtics are great overall teams with chemistry. There’s a difference. Of course the Celtics shouldn’t get excited, because it’s just another game, to the Celtics.

  • ww

    “It’s going to take this, and better because they’re going to be better,” Rivers said. “Miami didn’t play well today. We had something to do with it but they didn’t play well.
    Whatever Doc, didn’t play well my behind! Let’s give credit where it’s due. The Celtics played harder and out played Miami, on both ends of the floor. Miami cam alive in the 2nd quarter, but 3rd quarter, the Celtics hit the gas petal and never let up. Miami was out-played in the second half and had no response.
    The Celtics defense forced Miami to take contested jump shots. And everyone knows that Miami is a transition fast break team not a jump shooting team. The Celtics, yesterday arguably played their best basketball of the season. Now it’s matter if they can keep this streak going especially with all the injuries piling up.