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Barry on D&C: ‘We could see history again’

05.27.10 at 4:23 pm ET
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ESPN basketball analyst Jon Barry joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning after the Celtics’ 113-92 Game 5 loss to the Magic. He discussed the urgency of Game 6 in Boston, how he believes Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis will both be back for that game, and the ramifications of not sweeping the Magic when the Celtics had the chance.

‘€œI’€™ll tell you, it’€™s unfortunate, and that’€™s exactly why you take care of business when you can, Barry said. ‘€œInjuries, technicals, ejections, all those things come into play. Now, you have a very confident Orlando team, and Boston’€™s going to have their hands full tomorrow night.’€

What follows is a transcript of that interview. You can listen to it in its entirety at the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

You’€™ve said, ‘€œI wasn’€™t worried about the Boston Celtics, but I am now.’€ This is a team in trouble, is it not?

With all the stuff that went down last night, concussions and Rasheed Wallace‘€™s back is now hurting. To me, [Rajon] Rondo looks like he’€™s not 100 percent. He’€™s not playing the same. You’€™ve got a confident Orlando team. Everything they couldn’€™t do in the first three games, they’€™re able to do now. Game 6 is basically Game 7 for the Celtics. I really do believe that. I think they have to get it done at home, or we could see history again. I don’€™t know how the Boston fans are going to deal with it with the Bruins doing it and the Celtics in the same year. Hard to believe.

We expect Kendrick Perkins to have one or two of his technicals rescinded. Do you agree with that, and do you think there’€™s any way Glen Davis plays? Are you expecting to see Perkins but no Big Baby like we are?

I’€™m expecting to see both. I am. Like Doc [Rivers] said, Baby would have a hard time passing a test if he was perfectly normal because he’€™s a little bit kooky anyways.

But the culture has changed. There’€™s a much higher burden of proof today to prove you can play after a head injury.

Yeah, there is. He’€™s going to have to get cleared certainly, but I believe he’€™ll be out there. Certainly Perkins, it wouldn’€™t surprise me if both technicals were rescinded, certainly one of them should be. It was a tough break for them obviously. The final score wasn’€™t really indicative of what happened. This was a pretty tight game. You can’€™t lose Kendrick Perkins. I think Kendrick Perkins plays Dwight Howard as good as anybody does in the league. Kevin Garnett, I didn’€™t even mention him. I think his leg looks different than it did a week ago.

The longer you go in a series, obviously the tougher it becomes. This is an older team, and they don’€™t look the same like they did in the first three games. That’€™s why Game 4, you do not mess around. Sitting with Magic Johnson, he said, ‘€œTake no games for granted. You have a team 3-0 and you’€™re at home, you take care of business.’€ And they didn’€™t do that. Read the rest of this entry »

Heinsohn on D&C: Howard getting away with flagrants

05.27.10 at 2:39 pm ET
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Comcast Celtics analyst Tommy Heinsohn joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning to give his take on the officials from Wednesday night’€™s Game 5 loss and why Dwight Howard should be suspended.

‘€œI was up at the [Comcast] studios at Burlington and was in the conference room watching [Game 5],’€ Heinsohn said. ‘€œThere were several people and we kind of all were hit with the same thought that these [referees] are incompetent.’€

Heinsohn also touched on the similarities and differences in Rajon Rondo and Hall of Famer Bob Cousy‘€™s game.

Below is a transcript. Visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page to hear the interview.

I want a mental picture of you during last night’€™s game. Where were you watching it and with whom were you watching it?

I was up at the studios at Burlington and was in the conference room watching the game. There were several people and we kind of all were hit with the same thought that these [referees] are incompetent.

What was Ed Rush thinking on the technical foul calls?

Well this guy goes way back. I got in hot water some years ago when I said ‘€œEddie F. Rush. F for fool.’€ I used that because in a game against the Knicks on the very last play, they tried to get [Patrick] Ewing the ball. The man passed it five feet away from Ewing, it went out of bounds, the Celtics are going to win the game, and he calls a foul on [Robert] Parish like he was holding him or hitting him or something and they end up winning the game. This guy has had no common sense, I don’€™t know why he’€™s still around. He has a history, I’€™ve been watching the game all these years, I just marvel at how they let him keep refereeing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Donaghy on D&C: NBA wanted Game 6

05.27.10 at 1:30 pm ET
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Former NBA official and author of ‘€œPersonal Foul’€ Tim Donaghy joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning to talk about the officiating in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals and how referees manipulate games.

‘€œIt’€™s a situation where officials are well aware of what goes on and what’€™s best for the league,’€ Donaghy said. ‘€œObviously, in this series, what’€™s best for the league is putting Orlando in a little bit of an advantage, and it seems to me that’€™s certainly what’€™s taking place.’€

Donaghy also talked about the comparison of Dwight Howard throwing elbows to Kobe Bryant‘€™s arm flailing when he was suspended in 2007 during the regular season.

Below is a transcript. Visit the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page to hear the interview.

I would be very interested in your just overall impression of the specific event where Ed F. Rush called the second technical on Kendrick Perkins and washed him out of the game.

Obviously, that’€™s a situation there where he’€™s just not thinking and not concentrating knowing that [Perkins] already has one technical foul, and the second one is not only going to mean an ejection for him but a suspension. So it’€™s something where he wasn’€™t thinking and I’€™m sure he’€™s sitting around today wishing he didn’€™t do it because it certainly to me looked like it wasn’€™t deserved.

We were speculating on the postgame process for officials. I’€™m assuming the three of you would sit in the room and go over the video tape and look at each call and I assume that an NBA official who is at the site would come into the room with you. Is that how it goes?

It would, and there’€™s an enormous amount of reports that you need to fill out on the computer in the locker room to justify what you did and why you did it so that they have a full understanding of the entire situation and that they can defend any media request that comes their way in regard to this. Certainly this is something where a lot of answers need to be had. Read the rest of this entry »

NBA rescinds Perkins technical

05.27.10 at 1:04 pm ET
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The Celtics and Kendrick Perkins received a reprieve from the NBA Thursday when the league rescinded one of the two technical fouls Perkins received in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, clearing Perkins to play in Game 6 on Friday.

Perkins and Marcin Gortat earned double-technicals early in the game and then Perkins was hit with a second one by official Eddie F. Rush with 36 seconds left in the half. Perkins was ejected after the second T, his seventh of the postseason, which triggered an automatic one-game suspension.

The league does review every technical foul that is called and they decided to rescind the second technical foul. Perkins still has six technicals against his name and would still be in danger of a suspension if he is hit with another one during the postseason.

In an eerie bit of foreshadowing, Doc Rivers spoke about the problems his team had with getting technicals, particularly Perkins, some two hours before it happened on the court.

‘€œI actually don’€™t like the rule, the suspension,” Rivers said. “I just don’€™t like it. I think the longer you are in the playoffs the more likely it’€™s going to affect your team. I think the fans want to see the best players on the floor. I just don’€™t agree with the whole suspension thing.’€

Part of the problem, Rivers believes, lies in the process of issuing double technical fouls to players, a tactic used by officials to try to calm things down.

‘€œIt’€™s the double tech thing that has to be resolved,’€ Rivers said. ‘€œSometimes the officials are just trying to clean the game up and an easy way to do it is give both guys techs and calm the game down. To me, those are the ones that we have to figure out a better way.’€

The league also upgraded a personal foul on Paul Pierce to a Flagrant 1 after Pierce shoved J.J. Redick in the back in the fourth quarter. The NBA announced before Game 5 that they had upgraded fouls from Game 4 on Orlando’s Dwight Howard and Matt Barnes to Flagrant 1 status as well.

Players are assessed points for flagrant fouls (one point for a Flagrant 1 and two points for a Flagrant 2). If they hit three points, they are also subject to an automatic one-game suspension. Howard has two Flagrant Foul points.

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Stan praised Sheed

05.27.10 at 2:39 am ET
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ORLANDO — Lost in all the madness of Game 5 was the fact that Rasheed Wallace made seven of nine shots and scored 21 points in 18 minutes before fouling out.

Stan Van Gundy was not surprised. “I’ll tell you what, Rasheed Wallace, I want to say this in the right way: I hate the guy,” Van Gundy said. “I mean, he never, ever — same thing when I was with Miami — it’s like the guy never, ever ever has a bad game against the team I coach. So incredible.”

Wallace for his part wasn’t talking to reporters after the game. He shooed a pack away from his locker saying he didn’t want to get fined.

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The trouble with Dwight

05.27.10 at 2:31 am ET
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ORLANDO — Dwight Howard has been causing the Celtics major problems throughout the series and not just with his defense and rebounding. His elbows have also become cause for concern, specifically the elbow the knocked out Glen Davis in the third quarter of Game 5.

“Yeah, I didn’t know that was legal, but anyway, he did,” Doc Rivers said. “But listen, he’s a physical guy. We know that and he should be. That is his gift. Honestly, that is his gift. So he’s doing what he should do and we’ve just got to do a better job of taking the hits, I guess.”

A foul by Howard against Kevin Garnett in Game 4 was upgraded to a Flagrant 1, the league announced prior to the start of Game 5. In the aftermath, Garmett was hit with a technical foul in a game the Celtics lost in overtime.

Earlier in Game 5, Howard shoved Garnett in the back but there was no call. Rivers was seen having an animated conversation with official Joey Crawford during the next timeout and there is no question that Howard’s physical play has been a source of frustration for the Celtics throughout the series.

“We’re just trying to win,” Howard said. “Our intent is not hurt anybody out there, but basketball is a very physical sport. You’re playing against a very physical and tough team in the Boston Celtics.”

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Three things that went wrong and right in Game 5

05.26.10 at 11:34 pm ET
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The Celtics knew they had to overcome the Magic’€™s pick-and-roll in order to win the series. But after a disastrous Game 5 loss,  they have added a possible suspension, two concussions, and failed perimeter defense to the list.

In a snapshot: Kendrick Perkins was ejected after being whistled for a pair of technical fouls and could be suspended, Glen Davis and Marquis Daniels suffered concussions, and the Magic drained nearly 15 3-pointers.

The Celtics, who were on the verge of sweeping just days ago, are headed back to Boston after dropping two straight to the Magic.

Three things what went wrong (and they went so, so wrong)

Possible suspension for Perk: Kendrick Perkins was whistled for two technical fouls in the first half, resulting in an automatic ejection. The bigger problem is he was called for his seventh T of the postseason, an automatic one-game suspension. However, since the league does review technical fouls, one or both could be rescinded and Perkins could play on Friday night in Game 6.

Magic struck first: The Celtics have maintained the entire postseason that the key to winning on the road is striking first. But by the end of the first quarter, their initial 5-0 lead was a distant memory. The Celtics were outscored 31-22 from that point on, giving up 15 points from behind the arc. All of the Magic starters scored at least three points, while Kevin Garnett did not attempt a single field goal. The Magic fought for their shots, outrebounding the Celtics 12-7, and was more efficient at finding the open man (7-4 assists). The C’€™s allowed the Magic — and their home crowd — into the game early and were never able to kick them out.

Perimeter D disappears: The C’€™s knew what they were up against at the start of the series. ‘€œTheir shooting is what has always given us problems,’€ said Ray Allen. ‘€œTheir 3-pointer, we’€™ve got to take that away from them.’€ Tony Allen echoed, ‘€œConsidering they’€™re a team that shoots a gang of 3’s feeding off of Dwight Howard who’€™s very dominant in the post, we’€™re going to have to be ready. No if, ands and no buts.’€ The Celtics were ready in the first four games, holding the Magic to just 31 percent from 3-point range. But their perimeter defense imploded in Game 5. The Magic scored 39 points from long-range off of 52 percent shooting.

Three things that went right (well, not so bad)

Rondo bounced back: Questions of injuries buzzed around Rajon Rondo following a poor performance in Game 4. But whether it was muscle spasms or just an off night, Rondo was more effective offensively in Game 5. He scored 19 points, 10 more than in the previous game in six less minutes. It wasn’€™t his finest showing of the playoffs, but it showed he is back on the right track.

Robinson was reliable: Doc Rivers has said Nate Robinson will win the Celtics a playoff game. Robinson didn’€™t pull off the feat, but he was effective. With Rondo in foul trouble and Tony Allen benched for most of the game with a twisted ankle, Rivers turned to Robinson in the second half. He defended the point well, scored five points in six minutes, and even blocked Dwight Howard’€™s shot.

Celtics are going home: The Celtics didn’€™t want to have to play a Game 6 in Boston (they didn’€™t want to play a Game 5 in Orlando in the first place), but they are returning to their homecourt as they look to finish things up. The C’€™s are 6-2 at TD Garden during the postseason. Records aside, they have to take advantage of the energy the Celtics home crowd is sure to provide on Friday night.

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