Defense comes first
The Knicks’ Iman Shumpert and Boston’s Avery Bradley have earned reputations for being hounds on defense, but Rivers said they go about it in different ways. Shumpert does it with size, Bradley with relentlessness. “He’s a hell of a defender,” Rivers said of Shumpert. “He’s just so big. Avery’s more of a ball pressurer all the way up the floor. That’s different.” . . . In light of the recent Anthony-Garnett dustup, Garden security was instructed to remove any signs from fans that made specific reference to Garnett’s reported insults . . . Making his return to the Garden for the first time since “retiring” after the 2010 Finals, Rasheed Wallace made sure to cross the hallway and drop in on the Celtics locker room, yelling a loud greeting.
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