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Enemy Chatter: The Celtics are a dirty, dirty team


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 San Antonio.

Let me quickly say this; the Celtics are a dirty, dirty team. If they were lab-born, the DNA used most likely would have been Chris Paul's and John Stockton's. They utilize every old man trick in the book. They grab jerseys, push from underneath when you shoot, step on your feet, throw elbows, set illegal screens, and hit you when the officials are not looking. They do this the entire game, but always manage to never cross the obviously intentional line. I'll be honest with you; I don't know whether to hate them or respect them. They do what it takes to win and even if it is dirty, it's within the game's rules and therefore intelligent basketball. It does drive me crazy, though.

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I'm a tad confused by this blogger's take on the Celtics. He criticizes them for dirty tactics, then credits them for playing intelligent basketball. It can't be both.

It's not fair to label the Celtics a dirty team. Call them physical, gutsy, scrappy, intense but not dirty. 

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  • Shawn

    He’s saying you don’t have to like them but you have to respect their will to win is what I’m getting from that.

  • tom

    Well with the celts being dirty and the bulls being defensively gifted the matchup could make for a nice betting oppurtunity and ive written about this in my blog! http://nbawagers.com/2012/04/how-to-wager-on-boston-celtics-at-chicago-bulls/

  • KY Celts fan

    I wouldn’t characterize Chris Paul as dirty either. A flopper, sure. But not dirty.

  • I’m kind of surprised with the examples, given that the step-on-foot play that stuck out to me was when Tim Duncan stepped on Paul Pierce’s foot while charging him and PP got the call against him.

  • Detroit`s “Bad Boys” were viewed as a “dirty” team.
    They didn`t seem to lose much sleep over it, as they enjoyed their back-to-back titles.

  • classless

    This coming from someone who covers a team that employs Manu the flopping fish and injury faking Ginobli.

  • MDKJ

    Dirty? That is how the Spurs lost to the Grizzles, in last year’s playoffs. The Grizzles were tougher and more physical. Is the league becoming so soft that opposing teams bloggers and writers are complaining.
    True sports fans don’t like soft players or teams. Being aggressive get’s u better results.

  • alu

    spurs retired bruce bowen’s jersey. so they really like dirty players there.

  • Nora

    A fan of a team team that used to have Bowen on their team should maybe keep thier mouth shut about other teams being ‘dirty’