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Your Morning Dump… Where the Celtics ‘trust’ knocked the swagger out of the Knicks

Chuck - Red's Army May 2, 2013 The Morning Dump 8 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.

The Boston Celtics’ core veterans banded together, withstood a staggering 11-0 deficit in the opening minutes, then knocked the swagger out of a stunned New York Knicks team by stealing Game 5 in their vaunted Madison Square Garden with equal parts poise, pride and precision Wednesday night.

The word buzzing around the buoyant, yet restrained Celtics locker room in the wake of the team’s 92-86 victory was “trust.”

“I thought this was the first game we had complete trust, moved the ball and found the open guy,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said.

The rest of Boston’s veterans joined in the “share the ball” mantra, and the result was an efficient, balanced approach that featured 20 assists and produced five players who scored between 16 and 18 points — KG (16), Pierce (16), Brandon Bass (17), Terry (17) and Jeff Green (18).

“That’s when we’re at our best,” Piece said, “when we look up at the scoreboard and we have a bunch of guys in double figures.”

ESPN Boston

I’m not sure the Celtics can play a better offensive game against New York.

  • 45%  from the field.
  • 50% from three.
  • 100% from the free throw line.
  • 20 assists on 32 buckets. 

Sure, they can cut back on turnovers (15), have some better individual performances (Pierce was 6-19) and possibly, maybe getsomethingfrom Avery Bradley, but what we saw last night is a realistic zenith for this offense.

Assuming Jason Terry has used up all his horrific performances, Terrence Williams is the new X-factor in this series. With Bradley devolving into a puddle, Doc Rivers turned to Williams in the 2nd half.

Williams’ size and athleticism have made the Knicks’ strategy of pressuring the ball handler less effective than when Pablo Prigioni was able to hound Avery Bradley up and down the court. Bradley, who was being asked to play out of position and was overwhelmed by the assignment, sat for most of the second half while Williams (4 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 0 turnovers) and Jason Terry assumed the de facto point guard mantle.

The best part of Williams stat line is the 0 turnovers. I think he had one coast to coast lay-up that caught the Knicks off guard and I was screaming at him to continue. It’s as if the Knicks were stunned to see an aggressive ball-handler wearing green.

The only black mark on last night’s win was Jordan Crawford’s vulgar trash-talking.

Lip-readers are claiming Crawford made a sexual reference to Carmelo Anthony’s wife. You can see the disgust on Chris Wilcox’s face as he leads Crawford away from the scrum.

The NY media is blowing up this incident, but I doubt it will have the same impact as the ‘funeral’ and ‘golfing’ trash talk because Crawford is a non-factor in this series. What KG had to say after the game carries much more weight than Crawford’s verbal diarrhea.

The Celtics thrive in bar fights while the Knicks quiver. Is it Friday yet?

The rest of the links:

Herald – C’s take shot of ’04 vibe | Celtics are 5 alive | Crawford not in Melo mood | Globe – Celtics stay alive | Melo says his shoulder is fine | End of an era on hold | Knicks let down by shooting of Melo, Smith | CSNNE- Williams earning Celtics trust | Terry: Only buried if casket is closed | Shipping up to Boston | Smith all sound and no fury | ESPN Boston – Williams steps up, handles pressure | Big play Bass strikes again | ESPN New York – Skirmish intensifies rivalry | Knicks searching on offense | WEEI – Suddenly Knicks are scared of Celtics

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  • dk

    lol loved Doc screaming at Fab. Hilarious that these jokers want to be part of the act.
    Great win! Nice to make those idiots Kmart, JR and Spike look even dumber w/ this funeral crap.
    I live in NY and you can start to feel the pressure mounting and the knoose gettig tighter. I only wish we had a few more off days for the NY media to lay it on even more.

    • eddysamson

      I thought Fab might have done something to piss Doc off but I think Doc just wanted all the players off the floor after what happened and he was still lingering.

      • Reggie35RIP

        Nah I think Doc was more telling the rookie he had no business getting involved and to stfu.

  • LA Flake

    Doc could throw them off balance by starting AB & TW and bring Jeff and his scoring abilities off the bench at the 5 minute mark?

  • Reggie35RIP

    Gotta check out the post-game vid below at the 1:48 mark.

    Oh so now you only want to talk about basketball Kenyon? What about that funeral? You can’t talk sh!t, then not want to talk about it. Fool.

    http://watch.nba.com/nba/video/channels/tnt_overtime/2013/05/02/20130501-courtside-knicks-celtics-game-5.nba

  • hickfromfrenchlick#33

    If Kenyon wants to talk the trash then he should be able to answer the questions from the media after eating crow. Great win! Lets rock the Garden for Game 6 and head back to NYC and steal this series!

  • Graham Brunell

    Man I miss Barbosa watching that Jordan Crawford clip. I laughed at first but I don’t want that to become a regular thing.. “We out here scrappin” after a win is much better than what he said. Plus that type of behavior leads to losses.

    • Chulinho

      I would actually take a post-injury 30-31 year old Leandro Barbosa next season over Jordan Crawford. Barbosa is a great team guy, solid role player, he doesn’t take shots away from the guys who need to be shooting, and he’s a fan favorite. Crawford can’t be described in a similar way.