“Charlotte is going to be a monster game,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “We’re going to have to match their energy somehow.”
Of greater concern for Rivers should be matching up with the 6-foot-8 Jackson, who plays at shooting guard while Gerald Wallace, a 6-7 athletic freak, plays small forward.
“They’re huge now,” Rivers said. “They’re saying, ‘whoever you put the 2 (shooting guard) on, we’re posting up.’”
I don’t know about it being a “monster game,” but certainly the Bobcats are a different team than the one the Celtics dismantled earlier this season. The ‘Cats not only added Jackson, but top reserve Flip Murray as well. They pack considerably more punch now than the team that rolled over and played dead while scoring 59 measly points in the teams’ first meeting.
Jackson is the biggest reason for the team’s improvement:
“He definitely adds scoring and depth to that team,” said Celtics center Rasheed Wallace, another troubled but talented player who thrived under Brown in Detroit. “That veteran leadership to a young ball club is what they needed.”
Despite the huge margin of victory in their last game against Charlotte, the Celtics are well aware of the Bobcats’ new look and attitude:
“Charlotte is going to be just as much a dog fight (as Miami), just as grimy,” said Boston’s Kevin Garnett. “We just have to be ready.”