Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Practice leftovers: C's are colorblind
By Chris Forsberg
WALTHAM, Mass. -- A handful of practice leftovers after the Boston Celtics met with the media on Tuesday before a morning session and afternoon flight to New York in advance of Wednesday's Game 5 of an Eastern Conference first-round series against the Knicks:
* C'S ARE COLORBLIND: Informed that Kenyon Martin told his teammates to wear "funeral colors" to Wednesday's Game 5, Jason Terry brushed off the suggestion that Boston's season will end then. "That's good. I thought they wore that last game, too," said Terry. "I mean, for us, it doesn't change. Whether they wear white, pink, blue, black, green -- it's Game 7 for us. So we know what mindset we have to be in and if you lose you're going home. That's what it is."
* KG NOT THINKING ABOUT HIS FUTURE: Asked if he had considered that Wednesday's Game 5 could be his last NBA game, Kevin Garnett said retirement isn't on his mind at the moment. "I'm thinking about the game Wednesday and pretty much that. I haven't thought about post, after -- I'm focusing on what it's going to take to get to the next game."
* FAITH IN BASS: Celtics coach Doc Rivers said it was Brandon Bass' success guarding LeBron James during the Eastern Conference finals last season that gave him the confidence to put him on Carmelo Anthony in this series. And why has he been so successful, particularly on the perimeter? "[Bass] has a lot of size. Shooting over size, I jokingly said in 2009 or 2010, one of those years we were playing the Lakers, we were getting a lot of wide-open shots, why are we missing them? And then you watch the film, a lot of 7-footers are standing in front of them and you have to shoot over them, and, even though it’s not a tight, contested shot, it’s still a 7-footer. In Brandon’s case, he’s not that, but he’s bigger than guys that normally guard Melo."
* EYE-OPENING PERFORMANCE? Asked if he thought the league might take notice of his play, particularly given his exploits this round against the Knicks, Jeff Green offered, "I hope so. I’ve been working hard. The playoffs are where players are made. Hopefully people are starting to take notice of what I can do. I mean, I know what I can do. I don’t care what other people think. It doesn’t matter to me. I’m just trying to win games and win for my team."