When Erik Spoelstra credited the Celtics with having "championship DNA" after Game 5, it led many to do some serious head scratching. Why would he compliment his opponent when the Heat are on the verge of elimination?
"I think Erik is in a really really tough spot," said Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely. "He's got a team that is expected to move on and win a championship year in and year out, and they haven't done it yet. And right now they're on the cusp of being eliminated again. To give the Celtics that kind of props at this point is a bad idea."
Brian Scalabrine thinks Spoelstra -- or, more accurately, Spoelstra's boss -- could be trying to motivate his team.
"One thing that could be happening here," Scalabrine said, "is I think it could be Pat Riley telling him to say that to challenge his guys."
Tommy Heinsohn breaks down Jaylen Brown's impressive game against the Magic, and how impressive Terry Rozier was as well.
Well it appears that Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic wasn’t the only one who didn’t see Jaylen Brown’s powerful dunk over him coming.
Apparently, Brown didn’t see it coming either.
“It caught me off-guard,” Brown said after Boston’s 117-87 thumping of the Magic. “I wasn’t even expecting it. It happens. It’s part of basketball. It’s two points.”
The play in question came early in the second quarter when Brown blew past Jodie Meeks into the lane and took off towards the rim.
Vucevic jumped late, got dunked on and the Celtics bench went bananas!
“It gave our team a lot of energy,” Brown acknowledged.
Brown understands part of his job in coming off the bench is to make an impact with effort.
And in doing so, he senses that his teammate’s confidence him in and his game can only grow.
“I feel like my teammates are trusting me more, getting more trust from the coaching staff,” said Brown who finished with 13 points.
Avery Bradley likes what he’s seen from Brown, a young player who has shown tremendous promise.
And that dunk over Vucevic?
“You’re going to see a lot more of those in his career,” Bradley said. “He gets us going.”