Post-game Reactions

  • ‘Baby’ delivers the Celtics late: The Celtics set up nearly every option possible in a half-court set on their final possession against the Orlando Magic last night. And with four guards – Ray Allen, Eddie House, Paul Pierce, and Rajon Rondo – eager to take the deciding shot, the ball ended up with Glen Davis, who lofted a 21-foot jumper just before the buzzer to give the Celtics a 95-94 win. [Globe]
  • Imposing man, even bigger shot: It’s the one you shoot in the driveway every day when you are a kid. The shot you always take in the mind games of youth. You feather your way into the corner while the imaginary clock winds down. You count down . . . three . . . two . . . one as you take the pass from out top. [Globe]
  • Trust runs in the family: Who else but Big Baby should have been the star of the game on Mother’s Day? “I told our guys before the game – we talked about Mother’s Day, actually,” coach Doc Rivers said before Glen “Big Baby” Davis hit the deciding jumper in a 95-94 win over Orlando last night. “And we were talking about emotions, looking at the qualities of Mother’s Day. What did she give you? And it was usually determination, heart, discipline. You don’t talk about any other things and I told them that was what we needed. I thought we really dug deep.” [Globe]
  • Celtics go Big for win: Doc Rivers predicted it. There would be a night when both sides brought their respective “A” games – a night reminiscent of that brutal, eviscerating first-round series against Chicago. The Celtics coach ran onto the floor last night, bent over and slapped the hardwood with his right hand to proclaim Glen Davis’ 20-foot buzzer-beating game-winner good. He probably had no idea of how accurate that prediction would be. [Herald]
  • Big moment by Big Baby: Everyone dreams of taking the final shot in the final second, but not everyone really wants to do it. Truth be told, most guys want the ball in their hands as time is running out about as much as they want to sit next to someone with swine flu on a three-hour plane flight. [Herald]
  • No Magic formula for Glen Davis: The Orlando Magic didn’t go into last night’s decisive play paying a lot of attention to Glen Davis. Instead, they were more concerned with sharpshooters such as Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Eddie House. Big Baby made them pay. [Herald]
  • Bad shooting night dooms Orlando Magic: The Orlando Magic lost on Sunday night because they couldn’t put the ball in the basket. And it wasn’t because of poor ball movement (59 percent of their field goals were assisted), careless offense (only eight turnovers) or a lack of attacking the hoop (28 free-throw attempts, compared to 27 for Boston). Really, that’s what made this loss so frustrating. The Magic weren’t playing poorly. They were missing open shots. [OMD]
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Brian Robb co-founded CelticsHub in 2009 and is the currently editor-in-chief. He is a producer and reporter at 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston and also contributes to Boston.com and Bleacher Report among other outlets.
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  • Amidst the unyielding and celebratory exuberance after the game, I couldn’t help but be a little sad after Baby sunk that 20 footer to win the game– I had barely recovered from 30 seconds prior when Baby hit a 15 footer to give the Celts a 93-92 lead.

    For so long we leaned on our captain, Paul Pierce, to be the guy that takes the most important shot when it mattered most. When the game was on the line, Pierce was our guy. He was our closer. The Truth.

    With 1:07 left in the 4th, and the Celts up 91-90, Pierce tried to take control of the game. He dribbled at the top of the circle like he has done so often. He spun. He pumped faked. He faded away. He shot from about 14 feet. He missed. I can’t remember who was guarding him (Pietrus?), but he stayed with Pierce when he spun. He didn’t bite on the fake. He faded with Pierce to put a hand in his face.

    People have been very critical of Pierce during this playoff series, myself included at times. We criticize his iso plays and heroic antics. Winning teams win because players understand their roles: some score, some pass, some are defensive specialist, some are enforcers. Paul used to be the scorer. But with his dedication to defense that started last season and welcoming Ray and KG, we can see him letting go of his offensive control of this team. He has turned into a different kind of play maker.

    Change is hard; with difficult habits, addicts find themselves still falling off the wagon. We’ll still see moments when Pierce tries to make the last big shot every, but he’s learning to let go. Change is hard. But more often than not, change is necessary.

    You’re still a winner. Still a champ. Still ’08 Finals MVP. You don’t need to sink a buzzer beater to be a winner. You’ve willed your way to leading this team through 62 wins this season, plus 6 more this post season. And it’s not over yet. I am glad you didn’t take that final shot and trusted Baby’s open shot was better than yours in double coverage.

    But, it still makes me sad that you didn’t take that shot.

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