Doc on Melo-Crawford: 'Healthy dislike' OK

May, 3, 2013
BOSTON -- Before Game 6, Celtics coach Doc Rivers responded to the Carmelo Anthony-Jordan Crawford Game 5 spat, calling it "much to do about nothing."

That was also the message to his players, telling them to forget about it and move on.

"I don't worry about that," Rivers said. "I thought Carmelo said something to Jordan, Jordan said something back. It's words. I'm hearing people are reading lips now. I had one of my assistants telling me what he thought someone said. I was like, 'Oh my gosh, this is getting too deep for me.' I really don't worry about it. There's nothing wrong with a little bit of healthy dislike. That's all good and let's just play the game."

As Rivers walked away from reporters, he said, "Let's hope we're talking about basketball at the end of the game."

Here are two other interesting nuggets from Rivers, related to Anthony and the Knicks:

On defending Melo any differently: "No, he's seen it. There's nothing that Carmelo, LeBron [James], [Kevin] Durant, Kobe [Bryant] hasn't seen really defensively. There's no way they have not seen every single coverage throughout their lives, and I'm not smart enough to create a new one, I can tell you that. So, listen, with some of those guys -- and Carmelo is in that league -- you just hope he's not making shots a lot of times. All you want is a hand in his face, that's all we talk about, and try not to let him shoot it where he wants to shoot it. That's all you can do with guys like that. Other than that, that's about it."

On the Knicks' advantage: "If Melo has one of his great games and Raymond Felton continues to play the way he's playing, it's hard to beat them. That's a lot of points by two guys, not including J.R. Smith and all the other guys that can put a couple points on the board. ... If [Melo] is efficient, it's hard to beat them. If it's a lot of points, but inefficient, then you have a chance to beat them."

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Carmelo Anthony
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2