We often wonder what opposing teams, their beat reporters and bloggers are saying about the Celtics. Here’s a look at some enemy chatter from Charlotte.
“There are three things in terms of the offensive side of the ball,” Dunlap said. “He plays up top, and they use the pick and roll up there nice. And then when he’s not going up top, then he’ll post you. And then the third part of his game are easy baskets, free throws. He’s inevitably going to get to the free throw line. He’s much like Melo (Carmelo Anthony). He’s diverse in how he does things, and he can get some cheap ones off the offensive boards.”
Then the coach got to the heart of the matter — the stuff that isn’t on the stat sheet but most certainly finds its way into the final score.
“The other thing,” said Dunlap, “is that obviously he’s going to be a Hall of Famer, and two is he just settles the entire team down. He has a very calm disposition, and he doesn’t get too high or too low. That’s been his career.
“He’s just a salty dog warrior.”
Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap (I still have no idea who this guy is or where he came from) with a good summary of Paul Pierce’s game. He’s spot on with the ‘calm disposition’ comment.
If I told you before the game, Pierce would have just 7 shots in 23 minutes, you might think the Celtics were blown out. But he was brilliant; 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Just giving the game what it needs.
Read the rest of the article and you’ll get some good stuff from Doc Rivers about how he often underrated Pierce when he was coaching in Orlando.
All hail the Truth.