Mike Gorman on D&C: ‘I’ve never been around a more unpredictable team’
|05.22.12 at 10:20 am ET|
Longtime Celtics broadcaster Mike Gorman joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to discuss the latest on the Celtics in the wake of their Game 5 victory over the 76ers Monday night.
The personality of the Celtics has been a hot topic of discussion this postseason — mainly their inconsistency. Gorman has been left perplexed and couldn’t offer a concrete answer to the team’s unpredictability.
“I’ve never been around a more unpredictable team. I have no idea what they’re going to do from one quarter to another let alone what they’re going to do from one game to another,” Gorman said, adding: “In the 30-plus years that I’ve been [broadcasting], I’m as perplexed by this team as I’ve been by any in terms of how I think they’re going to play.
“They could go into Philly tomorrow night and win by 18 or lose by 18, and neither one would surprise me.”
One game after a Game 4 collapse in which they blew an 18-point lead, the Celtics seemed to start out flat in the first half before kicking into gear in the second half and ultimately blowing out the 76ers behind a standout performance from Brandon Bass.
“The Celtics were flat last night, I don’t there’s any question about that,” Gorman said. “I sent a text to Doc [Rivers] when I was driving home last night saying, ‘I don’t know what the hell you said at halftime, but you have to save that.’ And he sent me back, ‘I’m not sure what I said either, but it worked.’
“That’s been a problem with this team all year long and will continue to be a problem. They’re capable of beating anybody or losing to anybody on a given night.”
Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
On the future of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen: “I think KG probably is here, if I had to guess. Although, again, he’s a very unpredictable character, so he could retire and just go off into the sunset somewhere. But I think if he plays, he probably plays here. I think he likes it here. I know he loves playing for Doc. He really feels Doc understands him. … Ray is more of a question mark. Ray makes double-digit millions of dollars per year. I don’t know if the Celtics are going to be willing to pay that kind of money going forward.”
On the Celtics wanting Miami or Indiana if they make the conference finals: “I think they want Miami. They like the stage, the bright lights. I’ve been doing rounds of talk shows around the country and everyone wants a Boston-Miami Eastern Conference final, certainly the NBA wants a Boston-Miami final. And I think it’s going to be much easier for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo to be razor-sharp against LeBron James and Dwyane Wade than against Paul George and company.”