Terrence Williams was the only Celtics player to address the media this morning:
“No, there are no surprises,” Williams said. “At this point, I don’t think either team likes each other. We’re all for our guys and they’re for their guys. When people wear all black and say it’s a funeral, a lot of us have people that died in our own personal lives. That’s not really something funny. That’s not something to play with. You can say you’re going to end the series in New York but not [call it] a funeral. We know we don’t like them and we know they don’t like us.”
That bad blood was countered when Jordan Crawford verbally attacked Carmelo Anthony at the end of Game 5, giving the Knicks some ammunition in the war of words. Crawford didn’t play in Game 5 but Williams did. It was Williams, along with DJ White and Chris Wilcox, who was at the center of trying to keep Crawford away from Anthony and the Knicks.
“I was there, yeah,” Williams said Friday morning. “I don’t really remember. I put out of my mind. As you guys saw, I was trying to be the peacemaker. I grabbed Felton. I don’t want that to escalate. I don’t really remember.”
Except for Kenyon Martin’s near flagrant foul on KG in Game 5 and the Crawford, Melo, Felton do-si-do immediately following the game, this series hasn’t been overly physical. That could change tonight.
Ken Mauer, Bennett Salvatore and Ed Malloy are the officials. I like having some of David Stern’s top capos officiating this game. If there’s a conspiracy in the works, it’s one that pushes this series to 7 games.
Although, you might remember Malloy’s awful decision to eject Paul Pierce from Game 1 of the 2011 playoff series with Miami.