It might be because teams are sick of hearing about how their asses are getting kicked while said ass-kicking is in progress. It might also be the refs sick of hearing how every call they make is wrong. All I know is all the talking the Celtics are doing on the court is about to catch up with them.
“There have been teams that have talked a lot of (expletive), but usually those are the bad teams,” he said. “And this is different from the stuff Larry (Bird) used to do. This is overt trash talking, and really I think they can take that stuff too far sometimes. Forget about the fact it doesn’t look good from the defending champions, I think it takes away from them.”
We know about Perk and his techs. And we all know that you can’t look at any close-ups of Kevin Garnett without seeing some m-f bomb’s. And while we chalk up KG’s outbursts as raw emotion… the perception outside of Celtics-nation is growing increasingly negative. The Cobra thing he does is seen by some as showing up the other team. KG is seen as always picking on the little guards, like when he followed Jose Calderon up the floor.
I know what happens when you try to calm KG down and have in scale back on his in-game emotion: He withers. He slows down and loses any aggressiveness he might have that night. KG’s emotion really is like Sampson’s hair… cut it and he’s finished. I don’t know how you keep that emotion from biting you in the ass later… but I’d hate to see something stupid… like a key player getting tossed in the playoffs… because of this.
Also still an issue, apparently, is the play of Brian Scalabrine. I don’t know why. I think he’s been exactly what he’s supposed to be this year. I think if his name was anything else, we wouldn’t be talking about it. But the people who have thought he sucks from day one still get on his case. The thing is… he doesn’t suck. He’s limited, yes. But he doesn’t suck. He’s even got a fan club.
And I’d like to thank the Worcester Telegram for freaking me the hell out this morning by publishing something that looks remarkably like an obituary for Bob Cousy. Especially when all you seen in your Google Reader is his full name with Bob in quotes. Thankfully… he’s still alive.
Finally: Happy Birthday Larry Bird.
Herald: Perkins stealing show from supporting role | Lakers mimick C’s defensive approach | Globe: Perkins goes on the offensive | Globe OT: Tom Caron interviews Doc Rivers | Souza: Keep Perk posted | Defense still C’s MO | CSN: Doc, KG, Fans miss Gino… blame bench | Enterprise: At quarter, no change for Celtics | ESPN Fantasy Blog: Pierce owners not happy… but Rondo owners are
After the jump, a bunch of photos from Celtics fan Manny Pacquiao’s demolition of Oscar De La Hoya.