The Celtics have gotten rid of their morning walkthrough, but that doesn’t mean we have to. Here are a few Celtics links, and maybe even an NBA link or two, to help wake you up and get you focused for the day.
A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE- “Orlando became the first higher-seeded team to fall behind 3-0 in a playoff series, and rally back to force a sixth game. The C’s know that they are indeed reeling right now, and the bandwagon has gotten a little lighter in the last few hours. Still, the Celtics maintain they’re still on track to achieve their goal, which is to win an NBA championship. ‘We have to take it one game at a time and obviously we made it look easy early on, and now it’s becoming a fight,’ said Kevin Garnett. ‘We anticipated this from the giddy-up and it is what it is. We will deal with it.’”
Mark Blauschund, Boston Globe- “Davis went down for a moment, managed to get back up and staggered to midcourt before Crawford caught/held him and escorted him to the bench with what was diagnosed as a concussion. ‘I hope he’s all right,’’ said Howard, who saw Davis staggering at midcourt. ‘He’s a friend of mine. I never want to see anybody go down.’ Davis’s status for tomorrow night is doubtful, although he made his intentions perfectly clear. ‘I’m not speaking,’ said Davis. ‘I’m all right. I’ll be back next game. That’s all you need to print.’’’
Gary Dzen, Boston Globe- “The injury Pierce suffered in the third quarter last night was, by his own characterization, “a stinger.’’ Pierce suffered the same injury against San Antonio in March and it happened again in practice later that week. He did not miss any games. Pierce refused to blame Howard for his hard foul. ‘I think that’s just playoff basketball,’’ said Pierce. ‘Both teams are getting hard fouls. That’s just part of the game. You’ve got to expect it.’’’
Jarrod Randolph, Boston Globe- “The Magic have been a different team since their disappointing performance in Game 3, seeming more confident with a clear understanding of what needs to be done to beat the Celtics. Perhaps the Celtics — and heavy criticism — woke a sleeping giant. Perhaps the Magic are a team that performs better facing difficult odds. One thing is certain: They’re not the same team the Celtics beat three times last week. ‘We just believe that we can win this series and if we want to win it we have to go take it,’ said Dwight Howard, who scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds. ‘We have to go out there and play hard for 48 minutes, put out a lot of energy and work extremely hard.’”
Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel-”The impossible suddenly looks plausible. The Orlando Magic are still alive to take a title shot after Wednesday night’s 113-92 victory against the Boston Celtics, or what might be left of them. ‘At this point,’ Magic point guard Jameer Nelson said, ‘we believe we can win the series.’”
Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston-”‘I’m all right,’ Davis said emphatically as he stormed past cameras en route for the exit. ‘I’ll be back next game. [Expletive]. That’s all you need to print.’ While the rest of the room was decidedly less surly about the matter, Davis unintentionally summed up the mood of a Boston team punched in the jaw and left scrambling to pick up its teeth (quite literally, as Howard’s elbow dislodged at least one of Davis’ chompers that the Amway Arena staff collected as he was being attended to). The Celtics say they’ll be all right. They’ll be back next game. That’s all you need to know.”