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.
n most walks of life, being irritating isn’t a positive trait. But it’s one that comes in handy while battling for position in the paint.
“Honestly, he’s an irritant. He (ticks) guys off in practice,” Rivers said. “He just irritates people. The funny thing is he’s the nicest guy. He doesn’t mean to, but that’s just what he does.”
[...] When asked if he can tell when he’s getting under an opponent’s skin, Hollins smiled and said, “a little bit.” But he said it’s not his main objective.
“I’m not really worried about how they feel,” Hollins said. “I’m worried about our team’s success and what we do. I’m a guy that plays hard and if I can disrupt a guy’s shot or get a guy off of what he’s doing, I’m doing my job.”
Ryan Hollins played crucial minutes in a closeout game for the Celtics.
And he didn't kill the Celtics. He might down the road. He might in this series. But he didn't in Game 6. And he might not the rest of the way. He's a wild card in so many ways. But if he's out there, doing things that KG tells him to do and pissing other guys off… good for him.
Who knows, maybe he's this year's PJ Brown?
On Page 2: The full series schedule
Game 1 – Sat Philadelphia at Boston 8 p.m.
Game 2 – Mon Philadelphia at Boston 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Wed Boston at Philadelphia 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Fri Boston at Philadelphia TBD
Game 5 * Mon May 21 Philadelphia at Boston TBD
Game 6 * Wed May 23 Boston at Philadelphia TBD
Game 7 * Sat May 26 Philadelphia at Boston TBD
This is making a Celtics in 5 prediction look better than my original Celtics in 6 prediction. We should be glad the Celtics finished the Hawks off in 6. If they had gone 7, they might have gotten hit with a back-to-back like the Spurs vs. the Clippers/Grizzlies winner. Two days off before a potential Game 5 looks pretty nice right now.
The rest of the links:
Herald: 76'ers young, dangerous | Old bones, new trouble | Thanks, C's, for keeping us on a roll | No D-Nying how teams succeed | 5 keys to the series | Celtics-Sixers matchups | Globe: C's can't overlook what's before them | Celtics expect more defense | Garnett wary of Sixers' depth | WEEI: NBA acknowledges Game 6 referee error | Winning ugly: C's get ready for Sixers | CSNNE: are people sleeping on Sixers? | Celtics vs. Sixers through the years | Rivers isn't buying KG's motivation for Game 6 | ESPN Boston: Bradley sore, but ready | Keys to the series | Experts unanimous for C's | MWDN: C's gain home court for 2nd round