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“Jason Collins, for getting one point and two rebounds, had an amazing impact on the game for us,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers.
His ability to defend the post and draw charges not only provided a much-needed defensive presence, but it also allowed Kevin Garnett to go back to his natural power forward position which paid dividends for the Celtics at both ends of the floor.
“First basket we had was a pick; it was a bone-crushing pick, and it was by Jason,” Rivers said. “That’s what we told you before the game, he sets picks — hard ones. That set the tone.”
Said Collins: “If I’m not scoring, I better do something on the offensive end. I pride myself on setting tough picks; going out there and being physical. And on the defensive end, players drive the lane. … are they going to try and take a charge on you or foul you pre