Wilcox happy to get taste of postseason

Wilcox happy to get taste of postseason
May 3, 2013, 7:30 pm
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BOSTON —- It took Chris Wilcox 11 seasons to get to where he is today - the NBA playoffs.

No, he's not a focal point of the Celtics in their series against the Knicks, playing a combined seven minutes in two games, but Wilcox no longer has to wonder what it'll feel like to play in the playoffs. He finally knows for himself, and is excited but also staying levelheaded about the experience.

"I'm here now. At the end of the day, it is what it is. It's fun, it's exciting just to be a part of it," Wilcox said. "I'm not getting a lot of minutes right now, but at the end of the day we're out there playing hard and we're competing. The environment is just so intense. It's a great feeling out there. So that's why you see me on the bench and I'm up every possession almost, you know what I mean? So it's a great experience, but at the same time, I wish I could play more, but at the end of the day we're winning so if it ain't broke don't try to fix it."

Wilcox, who had his thumb wrapped before the game, has played in 628 regular season games with the Clippers, Sonics (Thunder), Knicks, Pistons, and Celtics. The biggest thing he's noticed about the last five games compared to the first 628 is the little room for error.

"I think regular season a lot of things you get away with," Wilcox said. "In the playoffs a lot of those things you can't get away with. It's more intense, more aggressive and I think in the playoffs it's more who wants it the most. I think in the regular season you kind of can just go along with it a little bit, but I think right now it's everybody is in grind mode. So you get the best of every player every night."

There's not a whole lot to base Wilcox's playoff success on. He hasn't taken a shot, but did grab two rebounds in six minutes of action in Boston's Game 2 loss. He remembers getting the call from Rivers to enter the game.

"I'm here now," he recalled feeling upon entering the game. "So it's just like alright now go out there and do what you can do. So I did, went out there and just played, so it'll work out.

"I think I did pretty good once I got out there in the time that I was out there. I mean, I didn't see anything wrong with what I did when I was out there. So, that's something positive I can take away from it."