What up, what up everybody? That was a rough start for us yesterday against the Celtics, but we all knew this series was going to be an ugly, physical battle. Everybody focused on LeBron losing in that last series, but that was more about the Celtics winning. They have a lot of good vets who know the game and they defend as well as anybody in the league.
Not to make any excuses, but I felt like that layoff might have taken away some of our edge this time. Boston hit us with a big shot in the first quarter and I think we were kind of out of rhythm from the jump.
We just need to shake that rust off real quick and get back to playing our style of basketball. We have to get back to moving the ball side to side and make them work on defense. They’re not going to give you your first option. Against Charlotte and Atlanta, we could get Jameer a layup on pick-and-rolls or dunks to Dwight, but a good defensive team like Boston is going to make us work harder for points. So we just have to be patient and work harder to exploit them.
I know we haven’t lost a game since early April. I think we had won something like 14 games in a row. But we weren’t even thinking about any sort of streak or anything like that. I was actually worried that we might be spoiling people by winning so many games and blowing teams out the way we have the past month.
I mean we would have liked to win every game, but that’s just not realistic in the postseason. It’s too tough to do that and these veteran teams like the Celtics are too good. It was a good streak while it lasted and we wanted to keep it going and it’s tough to lose on our homecourt, but maybe this will bring us all back down to reality, too.
Nobody is perfect and there’s never going to be a sweep throughout the playoffs. The most important thing is bouncing back from this and responding like champions.
The only thing on our minds now is responding like we have all season and not going down 2-0 on our home floor. We know going to Boston that it’s going to be really tough up there, so we’ve got to be ready in Game 2 come Tuesday night.
We’ll be better next time. We hate, hate, hate losing and especially losing on our homecourt! We knew all along that the Celtics are going to be a tough team in this series, and it’s going to be a dogfight every night. We’ll be ready come Tuesday.
You guys take care and I hope to see you down at Amway Arena cheering for the Magic.