Grousbeck: 'I want Miami to lose so badly'

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Grousbeck: 'I want Miami to lose so badly'

By A.Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck hates losing.

So you can imagine with the Celtics ousted in the second round of the playoffs, he hasn't had too much incentive to pay attention to the playoffs.

Oh, he's watching and pulling for one team. Anyone but Miami.

"I'm watching this year because I want Miami to lose so badly," said Grousbeck, speaking to WEEI at a charity benefit for the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund.

Still, Grousbeck acknowledges that based on how the players for both teams performed in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Heat were more deserving to move on.

"I thought they outplayed us in the series," he said. "They had more juice; they had more pop. Can't really deny that."

Grousbeck looks back at the C's Game 4 loss as being the most pivotal game in the series.

"We might have won the thing (with a Game 4 win)," Grousbeck said. "I don't regret it like a huge, missed chance. I'm just annoyed we didn't beat them."

He added, "I'm rooting hard against the Heat."

Grousbeck touched on a number of other Celtics-related topics:

THE KENDRICK PERKINS TRADE
WG: "I love Perk, but I don't think our issue was guarding the 5-spot. Our issue was guarding their 2, 3, 4. So not only did we need Jeff Green, we needed about 3 more of him."

NEEDS FOR THIS UPCOMING SEASON
WG: "We ought to look to keep these guys together, and add two or three more pieces if we can, aggressively. Whether we can spend more money than other people that's what we've done before, hit people over the head with the wallet club. The 60M to Pierce, the 100M to Garnett, 40M to Ray Allen, extending Rondo, extending Doc. We basically say, 'come here, we're a big market team. that's the way we run this thing.' If we can hit some people over the head again this summer, we'll do it."

ON BREAKING UP THE BIG 4
WG: "I love the Big 3, the Big 4. I love those guys. I think the fans love seeing them together. I haven't heard anything from Doc or Danny or anybody else about anything we're planning to do."

MARK CUBAN AND WHY GROUSBECK'S ROOTING FOR HIM
WG: "I love the guy. Out of all the owners in the league, when we came in, he said, 'anything you need, I'll help you out.' He did so well, we won the thing before he did. He genuinely roots for us against other teams. He's a Celtics fan when he's not a Mavs fan, and we're going to return the favor."

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Thomas strains right groin, says he'll 'be fine for Wednesday'

Thomas strains right groin, says he'll 'be fine for Wednesday'

The bumps and bruises continue to pile up for Isaiah Thomas, adding a new one to the group during Boston’s 107-106 loss at Houston. 
 
The 5-foot-9 guard said he strained his right groin in the second quarter, but added that the injury won’t force him to miss any games. 
 
“I’ll be alright,” Thomas told reporters after the loss. “I’ll get treatment. I’ll be fine for Wednesday (against Orlando).”
 
The injury appeared to have happened shortly after Houston’s Trevor Ariza hit a 3-pointer that put the Rockets ahead 55-45.
 
At the time it didn’t seem all that serious as Thomas, who had 20 points on the night, came down and drained a 3-pointer. 
 
But after the game, Thomas acknowledged his groin did bother him during the game in which he played 33-plus minutes. 
 
“A few drives I didn’t have the lift,” said Thomas, who finished with 20 points. “It is what it is. I’ll figure it out.”
 
Thomas, who played in all 82 regular season games last season in addition to each of Boston’s 21 games this season, has dealt with an assortment of injuries including but not limited to, a swollen middle finger injury on his left (shooting) hand. 
 
Thomas, an All-Star last season for the first time, has played at an elite level that should once again position him to be represent the Eastern Conference. 
 
Following Monday’s game, Thomas is averaging a career-high 26.0 points per game which ranks ninth in the NBA along with 6.1 assists. 

Smart: 'Can’t blame the officials for the outcome of the game'

Smart: 'Can’t blame the officials for the outcome of the game'

The fact that the James Harden of the Houston Rockets went to the free throw line 18 times which was more than the entire Celtics roster (12 free throw attempts total) certainly fired up conspiracy theorists among Celtics Nation. 
 
But what seemed to draw the most ire was what appeared to be a 3-pointer by Avery Bradley late in the fourth quarter that was initially called a long two-pointer. 
 
And after it was reviewed by the good folks in Secaucus, N.J., they allowed the ruling to stand because there wasn’t enough proof in the many replay angles for them to overturn the original call. 
 
The missed lay-ups by Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas in the closing seconds stand out, obviously. 
 
But the 3-pointer that wasn’t a 3-pointer was one of the more talked-about topics in the Celtics locker room afterwards. 
 
“From the angle we saw, it was a three,” Boston’s Marcus Smart told reporters after the game. “We definitely thought it was.”
 
Said Jae Crowder: “I thought it was a three. Nothing we can do about it now.”
 
It was that kind of game for the Celtics, one in which plays that could go either way more often than not, went against them. 
 
And while Bradley’s questionable two-pointer certainly was a factor in the game’s outcome, as was the free throw discrepancy and the late-game misses, ultimately the blame for Monday’s loss falls upon the Celtics players who were still in position to win despite all those setbacks.

They simply didn't get it done, when it mattered.
 
Smart, who had 13 points off the Celtics bench, understands that fans like to blame the officials when a game ends like Monday’s loss to Houston. 
 
“Officials, they did their job,” Smart said. “You can’t blame the officials for the outcome of the game. We made some costly plays down the stretch. Give credit to the Rockets. They made plays and executed down the stretch.”