Posted by Ian Rider March 2, 2011 10:32 PM
A few quick hits on a heated match up between the Suns and the Celtics at the Garden...
- With what happened between KG and Channing Frye in the last game, we knew that this one was going to be testy (no pun intended), and this one didn't disappoint.
- Channing Frye, who shot his mouth off about KG for the second time this season before the game, got destroyed by Kevin Garnett, and whoever else he was guarding. Frye had to resort to headbutting Vince Carter to get himself out of the game.
- Seriously, Frye claims that he isn't afraid of KG, but he played the entire game with a look on his face like he just walked out of a bar bathroom in Milledgeville, GA.
- KG tapped the ball in on a Krstic miss during second half action. No word if the league will be investigating the tap this time around.
- The Hack-A-Rondo defense was in full affect tonight, I believe Rondo was 2-for-4 in those situations, before the controversial 3-pointer to close out the game. I hope more teams employ this strategy with Rondo in the regular season, so he is prepared (and hopefully confident) when it happens in the playoffs.
- Speaking of Rondo's 3-point attempt at the buzzer, I generally think it is bad form to be shooting when the other team has conceded to let the clock run out. Pierce ran the clock out with under a minute left and gave the ball back to the Suns. Mickael Pietrus, rather than just let the clock run out, decided to take the ball baseline on KG and score. While this is certainly not as bad as shooting when you're up ten, it was unnecessary and it clearly bothered Rondo, who decided to give it back to Phoenix. Unprovoked, the move by Rondo would really bother me, but there is just something about Pietrus that is super-annoying and just because he was involved I give Rondo a pass. Plus, after the game Cedrick Maxwell said that Suns coach Alvin Gentry was talking smack to players all game, which is absurd and he deserved to have this loss thrown in his face.
- The new guys looked pretty good for the Celtics, but it is clear that some players are still getting used to playing with strands of Krstic hair all over them.
- Just kidding, Nenad. Everyone knows that bald is the new...um...never mind, that hair sucks. I'm sorry.
- Okay, okay, I'll stop referencing loss of hair, I promise.
- Big Baby, who limped off the court in the final seconds, reportedly has a strained patella tendon in his knee. More bad news for Celtics big men, who traded their starting Center, and have a pair of O'Neals nursing injuries on the bench. Word in the locker room after the game was that Davis seemed unconcerned with the injury. Word on my couch after the game was that I am very concerned.
- Jeff Green runs the floor on a break out faster than any non-guard I've ever seen. He's like a gazelle in shorts. He's like a gazelle in shorts with a fro-hawk.
- Troy Murphy didn't seem as nervous as Krstic and Green in their first starts, which is good considering he'll be seeing the floor a lot if Big Baby's injury is worse than he thinks.
- Speaking of the Celtics, they reportedly signed Sasha Pavlovic. On purpose.
- My sources tell me the Celtics signed Pavlovic in order to have a fellow Yugoslavian break the news to Krstic that his hair looks like crap and he should just shave his head.
- After a 3-1 West Coast road trip, getting a vengeance victory on the first game back is a big win for the Celtics. Phoenix is over .500 and was one of the hottest teams in the league coming into the game. Boston has some winnable games coming up, so hopefully they can keep the momentum going.
|Now where is the AFTER picture, Nenad?|
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