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Enemy Chatter: Stiemsma changed the momentum

Chuck - Red's Army April 19, 2012 Uncategorized 5 Comments

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 Orlando.

The momentum changed in the Celtics' direction when, with the Magic trailing 71-70, reserve forward Earl Clark went driving for a possible slam dunk when Celtics' reserve center Greg Stiemsma blocked Clark's attempt. On the ensuing fast break, Pierce made the short bucket, was fouled, and made the free throw.

Boston completed a 12-0 run after a Kevin Garnett basket to open the fourth quarter made the score 81-70 Celtics, and extended their lead to 91-78 before the Magic's comeback attempt in the final 7:16 fell just short because of the clutch play of Pierce.

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Greg Stiemsma rejecting shots like it ain't no thang. You know what I love most about the block on Clark? Steamer didn't sneak over from the weak side. He was in Clark's face the whole time. Just kept moving laterally on the drive and timed his jump perfectly.

Stiemsma will be a restricted free-agent with a $1.05 million qualifying offer. He wants to stay and the Celtics should be able to keep him, but never underestimate a silly GM throwing big money at a big man. It always happens.

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  • sev

    its funny cause he can’t jump that high for alley oops and vicious dunks, but when you have long arms you don’t have to time the block as much as those who depend on their jumping ability to swat shots

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    Long arms or Reebok pumps, whatever. Dude can defend the rim and should only get better as his feet heal and his timing improves.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redslovechild1 Redslovechild

    Stiemsma and Pau Gasol both have 85 blocks this season.
    Stiemsma did it 757 minutes…Gasol did it in 2,351 minutes.

  • Alex

    Only thing I worry about Steimsma is his lack of intimidation (by his look alone) and his habit of getting constant fouls called against him.

  • Manny

    His look is also a reason why a lot of other players underestimate him. But he blocks their shots and they don’t anymore. I think that’s why he gets a lot of fouls against him because the refs do not believe he has the ability to do it cleanly without fouling.