A few quick hitters before tonight’s game:
“We’ve taken pictures of it and we’ll probably take some more,” he said of tests. “They found a couple pf things – one thing that everyone out here has who’s been playing for a couple of years. That could be the reason why the knee is swelling.”
Whether this is something as simple as tendinitis, O’Neal can’t say – or rather won’t say.
“I can’t tell you what it is, but if this is what it is, then you have to think long term,” he said cryptically. …
“By now it’s come to a point where I just might have to take time off,” he said. “They have great doctors. But swelling occurs when the body reacts to something. It’s become painful to run and stuff. So I probably won’t play tonight, and if I don’t play tonight I probably won’t play on this trip. Give it some time and see some other people.”
“I think it’s just a matter of making a conscious effort to do it,” Pierce said. “I mean, shoot, definitely it’s going to be about patience because you want to get it in the half court, get the ball down low to the big guys and play at that type of pace with them. I think we’d probably prefer to grind it out a little more with them and take advantage of our inside game than try to get into a running match with them. I think that’s where they’re at their best.
“We’re more of an opportunity running team. But for the most part, we want to try to get the ball inside. It just takes patience to get our big men down on the block and set.”
3. Another way to beat the Heat? Find Rajon Rondo. The Heat have already allowed big games to all the elite point guards. Tonight could be Rondo’s second big game against Carlos Arroyo. (Yahoo!)
No opposing fan – or point guard – has rattled Rondo enough to keep him from racking up an assist pace that would rank as the most prolific in NBA history. The 14.8 assists per game he has averaged this season would break the NBA record of 14.5 set by John Stockton 21 years ago. His 118 dimes through the Celtics’ first eight games also is second all time to the 135 that Stockton compiled in the 1989-90 season.
“Last year, seven and eight assists were good for me,” Rondo said. “Now, people are expecting me to get 15 or 16 every night. I don’t know if it’s realistic, but I’m going to continue to try as long as guys make shots.”