'Sheed speaks ... briefly
May, 6, 2010
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace still wasn't in a mood to chat Wednesday.
Wallace, who emerged as a hero in Boston's Game 2 win over the Cavaliers Monday after pouring in 17 points, didn't address reporters following that game, and he spent little more than a minute fielding questions following Wednesday's workout at the Sports Authority Training Center at HealthPoint.
What's more, Wallace seemed eager to sneak off the floor and answered the questions while pulling a door shut near the entrance to the locker room area at the practice facility.
Wallace tried to stress that there's more to his game than just putting up points.
"You all think it's just one facet of this game," Wallace said of his scoring. "It’s not. There’s two facets to this game. If I’m not making shots, OK, then, I have to do something on defense. So if I’m missing shots or making shots it doesn’t affect my whole overall game."
Wallace's teammates were happy to speak for him both after Game 2 and again Wednesday.
“Rasheed is a gamer,” Pierce said Wednesday. “He knows what he’s capable of. He knows what he can do. What better time to have a big game than that? We could have been in a 2-0 hotel coming back, but he came up big.”
Added Rajon Rondo: "“[Wallace’s] play spoke for itself -- he was big for us. He doesn’t have to score 20, or whatever he had [17 points]. If he can give us 10 [points] and 10 [rebounds], we can definitely win the championship.”
After Game 2, Kevin Garnett told the Celtics' radio broadcast that he had a conversation with Wallace in the showers and stressed the need to simply give something to the team.
Asked about the potentially inspiring confab, Wallace noted simply: “We’ve been talking all year," before he disappeared behind the door.