Take the Weekend Off

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“We’re playing really well right now, but we need a break,” said Rivers. “You know, Paul (Pierce), Ray (Allen) . . . all of them need a break, and, you know, I worry when we come out of a break because it will be four days off. And it doesn’t matter who we play, because (our opponent) will be in rhythm. But I would take this break right now. This is absolutely needed.”

“We have a good schedule…We earned it. The first month was awful and they are paying us back now.”

Doc is giving the guys the entire weekend off and will have them practice Monday and Tuesday before Wednesday’s game against New Jersey. This means we don’t have to get on Doc’s case for reducing minutes – the light schedule takes care of that.

The team doesn’t go back-to-back until the final two days of the regular season (at Philly, vs Wash) and depending on playoff seedings, Ray and Paul might get those days off anyways.

Perk was a quote machine after the game:

“They tried to play physical, but you can’t be something that you’re not. Either you’re physical or you’re not, I don’t care who tells you to be.”

“Everybody keeps talking about it’s a rivalry,” Perkins said. “How is it a rivalry? Last year, we beat them [during the regular] season, then they took us to seven games, then we beat them, 4-0, this year. When you have a team’s number, keep it.”

“When Rondo is aggressive, I think there is no team in the league that can beat us. I’m talking about when he is looking to score, I think he’s one of the better point guards in the league, and I don’t think he gets enough credit. He’s been working on his jump shot and he’s just got to shoot it with confidence.”

And Hawks coach Mike Woodson loves Davis and Perk but doesn’t think much of KG:

“They’re not that much different,” said Woodson. “KG, he’s just a double-double guy, and I think Big Baby and Perkins are filling up that void of him not being in there, I think they’re doing an excellent job. A lot of that has to do with the fact that they’ve won the title so they’ve been through the ringer, they’ve been through big games last year in the playoffs so they don’t shy away from it.”

Yup – guys like David Lee or Troy Murphy are KG clones. What a fool….

Today’s Links: Herald – Celtics Hit Spring Break | Tony Allen Returns | Globe – Celts Bigs Pick up Slack | Hawks Upset Bid Doesn’t Fly | MetroWest: Much Needed Rest | KC Jones Tells Old Stories |Iverson Done for Season, Playoffs | Magic Beat Cavs by 29 | Lakers Get 60th Win

After the jump – video of Big Baby’s Big Block.

31 Responses

  1. Dont have a problem with woodsons comments, and I think some people need to realize that
    a.) KG isnt even a double double guy anymore, so that was a compliment, and dont talk to me about sacrificing for the team, after 14 seasons in the league and over 1000+ games played, every great NBA player of all time stats have gone down…just facts of life
    b.) We played better against the hawks this season without KG, plain and simple.

    I know KGs good, but I also think hes been a total dissapointment this year, and this team is still one of the better teams without him, and he often gets too much credit for things he has nothing to do with….Even if hes not around the team, people try to credit him with the win for chrissakes…and Ill never forget the dallas game wherre he couldnt do anything to stop dirk, lost his cool and had to sit on the bench, out other guys win the game…and somehow he gets credit….gets annoying if you ask me because the other guys on this team deserve all the credit this year…KG has has his least effective season since his rookie year and has missed more games then ever in his career, and is nowhere to be found when hes not playing..

    time to start crediting the other guys

  2. wow, Kendrick Perkins says something smart? STOP THE PRESSES!

  3. You’re kidding right Matt….Don’t be dissin’ The Beast like that. What a job last night-7 blocks. These guys are really stepping up. Defense is what this team was built on during last year’s championship run, so let’s hope they keep it up.

  4. Baron, have you got any brain? Only other reasonable explanation for your comment is that you are anti-KG guy no matter how good he’s playing

  5. Speaking of not getting enough credit…. Perk has become the most underrated big man in the Eastern Conference.

  6. Woodson was complimenting the team. Anyway, take the one word “just” out, and what he said was fine.

    If we had a 100% KG, we’d be better off. Now that we don’t, and Baby’s stepping up and doing almost everything KG used to do (I would not have believed it, but it’s true) – we can still win it all, esp if Powe comes back 100%.

    Nobody here is “anti” KG. It’s just reality. I pretty much agree with Baron’s entire post. I hope this year was an aberration for KG, caused by injury (which was almost certainly there since the beginning of the season – remember his knee brace?). If not, then it’s certain KG is in decline. He’ll probably have some work done in the offseason, so it’s possible he’ll be back 100%… but far from certain.

    Win anyway.

  7. Baron, there is no need to discredit KG to credit other guys. Geesh. The guy has been injured this year.

  8. My problem with what Woodson said was not that he said KG was a double double guy but that he kind of wrote him off by saying that he is ‘just’ a double double guy. Does not sound complimentary to me. As like Red’s Army pointed out, it diminishes what he does for the team.

  9. are u insane?! KG is the reason why we have banner 17 and he is the main reason for our defense and swagger… he motivates the young guys perk, davis, powe and rondo to play harder for every game as if its their last game in the league.

  10. My beef is why do you guys get all up in arms and feel like you have to defend someone from what a “NOBODY” says.

    Do you think KG is tripping by what some fool from Atlanta says. I bet hes more interested in what other big men in the league (Bynum pregame last night video or what Dwight did to the Cavs) than what another coach thinks. On the flip side do you think Perkins and Davis are thinking “wow that woodson guy is right except for the KG remark”?

    They don’t give a rats a$$ so why do you?

    Maybe instead of looking for things to trip about y’all should be focused on whats ahead of us or what might be potentially in our way cause I assure the Celtics are.

    With that said i suppose i’ll get called a troll…
    Commence with the hate!

  11. Stop telling people how to feel. If people want to discuss something this is a place to do that.

  12. ok nora. tell me whats most important to you right now what some one says or a championship?

  13. btw i used the word “maybe” which tends to imply a suggestion rather than a demand…or did you mean to just call me a troll or did your use of “STOP telling people how to feel” to tell me what to feel or was that a suggestion or way to start a disscussion

  14. I’m not a player, I’m a fan. I don’t have to think of the championship at all times.

  15. Nora imma starting to think you’re a troll…maybe my lack of proper grammar/spelling has you twisted…or your “imma a fan defense” is a weak way of avoiding discussion about the game

    looking at my post again i broke it down for myself to see why you attacked me and this is what i found

    1. a statement of how “I” feel
    2.A question (start of discussion)
    3. A comment on what “I”think the players most likely aren’t thinking (perhaps some thing more to discuss)
    4. Another question (another avenue to talk about)
    5. A statement followed by a question to everyone (more stuff to discuss)
    6. A suggestion
    7. my acknowledgment that i will get attacked (and thats where you come in

    I want to discuss why some “fans” would rather talk about the BS than while some FANS want to talk about the game.

    Nora are you suggesting that this isn’t the place for that?

  16. “I’m not a player, I’m a fan. I don’t have to think about championships at all times”

    The most classic statement

    RED probably just rolled over in his grave

  17. RIP RED she knows not what she says

  18. Red if you’re up there listening I’m not sure if nora is a girl. If she isn’t i apologize to nora and especially to you for assuming that was the case. RIP

  19. How many posts do you need to make? Why are you worrying what I say and not the championship? LOL

  20. Thats two questions right?

    1. im just trying to discuss things and lets not forget you attacked me not the other way around.

    2. i think i have maybe 100 more posts in me today, give or take a few.

    i just answered your questions and you havnt answered one of mine yet…

    Just for the record, i’ve seen people get a beer poured over their heads for comments for things far less than your “i’m a fan” one… question!

    do you stand by your statement?

  21. Just in case you forgot them all by now.

    1. Do you think KG is tripping by what some fool from Atlanta says?

    2. Do you think Perkins and Davis are thinking “wow that woodson guy is right except for the KG remark”?

    3. They don’t give a rats a$$ so why do you?

    4. Whats most important to you right now what some one says or a championship?

    5. I want to discuss why some “fans” would rather talk about the BS than while some FANS want to talk about the game.
    Nora are you suggesting that this isn’t the place for that?

    6. Do you stand by your statement?

    98 more posts to go!

  22. bigbadandgreen, this is a blog, we talk about everything, BS or not.

  23. JD thats what i was doing but was told i was doing something wrong by Nora. I never said that this wasnt a blog. Right?

    I didnt say anyone was stupid for caring just said I have a problem with it mattering when we are fighting for a championship. If someone is of the opinion that it does thats there opinion but to tell me or imply im doing something wrong for having mine is wrong is a bit ridiculous.

    JD is what someone says more important than a championship?

    JD are you a ‘fan’ that doesnt need to care about championships at all times?
    (before you answer this one know that it doesn’t mean like if your wife is pregnant or someone is ill or you have to work etc…)

    JD care to answer my questions that Nora wont/hasn’t?

    This is a blog where we can talk about anything right?

    If nora or you for that matter said “I don’t give a rip about what you think big” i would have left it alone but NO i got accused by a “fan” (one that feels like a championship isnt important enough to care about it at all times) for saying doing exactly what you said this blog is for.

    seriously JD defend “I’m not a player, I’m a fan. I don’t have to think about championships at all times.”

  24. Damn, bigbad&green you are fired up today! Wow!

    In my opinion I am a fan… loyal fan! All I care about is snatching the title 2009 Banner our 18th! I don’t care if we win it on one leg, one arm, with or without whomever. I just want the Celtics to win it all. It tasted so good last year and I want one more chip. Can’t just have one chip right. This a blog where we can talk about anything, debate, contest, trash talk.. etc. I think most people try to respect others commentaries but it doesn’t always work out that way.

    What are the odds the Cavs get in a longer losing streak now? They’ve lost two in a roll… we are 3.5 games back… Naw, long shot.

  25. Fsan… nah, we’ve given up on home court. Hell, it’s just ONE GAME difference… and anyway, it’s mostly out of our control, so whatever, right?

    bigbad… got 4 words for you: much ado about nothing.

  26. Ok..in 26 minutes, this day in DRAMA history will be over..lol. Let’s start over tomorrow.

  27. Fsantto damn right imma fired up and i like your attitude. Im a fan that considers myself part of the best six man in the league and if the team has to be fired up theres no other way to be than that for me.

    Spurs may win at Cavs…they dont want to drop back in the West they need wins and I already marked a W for our game against so if we win its possible…long shot yes but not over yet.

    DRJ i dont know who “WE” are but I’m pretty certain there isn’t a whiteboard in the locker room that says we (Celtics) cant win the east so maybe next time you should say “You have given up when referring to the Celtics/Fans.” Not a demand just a suggestion.

    DRJ four words…

    Heart of a Champion!

  28. Well DRJ I haven’t given up on Hm court quite yet. Go ahead and look at the Cavs vs. our sche. The Cavs have 6 more games left and we still play them one more time. If the Cavs slump for three more games and we take care of business against them in Cleveland then I believe we overtake them for home court advantage.

    The odds are slim but I haven’t given up. I know the coaching staff is just saying to the media that we can’t catch the Cavs just to take the pressure off but in their hearts we are still trying to catch them.

    This may be meaningless but the Cavs can tie our best home court record EVER if they win out their home games. Others might say its stupid to worry about such a record but in my opinion its important for us to break it on their home court. The original Big 3 set the best home court record 40 – 1 in 1986 and I will be damned if the Cavs will equal that. Just saying – Mathematically we can still catch them and stop them from tying our home court record. Wouldn’t that be sweet.

  29. 1986 Celtics not only went 40 – 1 at home during the regular season – including the playoffs and finals Celtics went 50 – 1 at the Boston Garden. Too much pride for the NO tradition Cavs to even sniff it.

    Be thirsty my friends

  30. The Cavs have a tough schedule to end the season.
    I think they will lose to either San Antonio or Boston. I think it will be San Antonio though because the Cavs will be more focused against the Celtics. If the Cavs lose to the Spurs and Celtics then the Lakers will get homecourt. But I think Boston has a really good chance of beating Cleveland at the end of the regular season and in the playoffs.

  31. Good God what a booty!

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