Bill Walker knew not to expect the regular season Celtics. No matter what Boston looked like during their end-of-season funk, he knew, they would become gladiators come playoff time. (ESPN Boston)
“Those guys have got nine lives,” Walker said of his ex-mates. “It seemed like every time we got them down, or made a run, they always had another trick up their sleeve.
“You see them on film and they look like they’re old and slow, until you get out there and they’ve got a 7-foot-1 power forward [Garnett] who is more mobile than you think and a point guard [Rondo] who is an emerging superstar and two guys [Pierce and Allen] who never miss big shots. Then you’ve got JO [O'Neal], who wants to win so badly, and then you realize, they’re hungry.”
They’re hungry. And damn talented. And damn experienced. Miami, the Celtics are coming for you.