Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

Thomas on Suns: 'We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery'

BOSTON – Stacking wins on top of wins is the mindset of the Boston Celtics right now, so the players who did speak to the media following Friday’s 130-120 win over Phoenix drove that point home emphatically.

But inside the locker room, it was unusually quiet, the kind of silence you expect following a loss.

Considering how the Celtics’ defense was absolutely thrashed by Devin Booker’s franchise record 70 points, there’s no question at a minimum the Celtics’ pride overall was stung.

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And when Suns coach Earl Watson began calling time-outs and having his team commit fouls at the end of the game, there’s no question it rubbed a few Celtics the wrong way.

“I don’t think anybody has ever seen that; continuing to call time-outs, continuing to foul when we are up 15. But I mean, it was obvious what they were trying to do. They were trying to get him (Booker) the most points possible. Hat off to to him (Booker). He played a hell of a game.”

Following the game, Watson defended his late-game decision making.

“Calling time-outs at the end kept the game close,” he said. “It’s basketball; I’m not coming to any arena to be liked. If people don’t like us while we build … so what? Do something about it.”

The Suns (22-51) never came any closer than 10 points, which was the final score margin.

Al Horford acknowledged that there was some aggravation following the game.

“You can be frustrated when somebody is doing that to you,” he said. “It’s not to one guy, it’s to the team so I think we’re probably more aggravated at ourselves, at least personally I feel that way. I probably could have done a little better, maybe done some different things to prevent it. We got to give him credit, 70 points, I don’t care it’s 70, he got 70. It’s impressive.”

But there will be some inside the Celtics locker room and among their fan base, who were bothered by the Suns’ late-game actions which seemed more focused on Booker getting numbers than anything else.

When asked about being disrespected by the Suns’ late-game strategy, Thomas wanted no part of that conversation.

“It is what it is,” Thomas said. “We won the game. We’re worried about the playoffs; they’re worried about the lottery.”

 Boom!

Marcus Smart laughs off Jimmy Butler’s comment questioning his toughness

Marcus Smart laughs off Jimmy Butler’s comment questioning his toughness

WALTHAM, Mass. – There are lots of questions about Marcus Smart that you can’t help but find yourself asking from time to time.
 
But his toughness?
 
That isn’t one of them usually.
 
But Chicago’s Jimmy Butler raised that question following Boston’s 104-95 Game 4 win, a game in which Smart and Butler had a dust-up that led to both players being whistled for technical fouls.
 
When asked his response to having his toughness questioned – something Smart said has never happened – he said his response was, “ha ha.”
 
Smart added, “You heard him. He said, ‘I don’t think Marcus Smart is about that life.’ If you say he ain’t about that life, you should know, right?”
 
You can bet Game 5 officials will be on the lookout Wednesday night to make sure Smart and Butler don’t have any issues that escalate into something more than just two highly competitive players woofing at each other.

“I ain’t gotta tell you what I’m about,” Smart said. “I can show you better than tell you.”
 

Kevin Garnett reveals what was in his message for Celtics

Kevin Garnett reveals what was in his message for Celtics

Kevin Garnett says there’s still “a special place in my heart when it comes to the Celtics,” which was evident by the message he left for the C’s before their first playoff win over the Bulls last week.

On his Area 21 show, with guests Bernard King, Gary Payton and Chris Webber, KG provided a little insight into what his message was.

He said it specifically was for Isaiah Thomas, who has been playing in the wake of his sister Chyna's death in a car crash. 

“His sister is an inspiration. And play for her. He took it and put it on the boom box and it is what it is,” Garnett said. “We all are C’s and that’s what it is."