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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Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

BOSTON -- When it comes to NBA awards and accolades, players in contention often try to play it cool when asked about whether they are deserving.
 
And then there’s Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, who gives a definitive response whenever the question about whether he should be an All-Star starter is raised.
 
We’ll find out later today if Thomas will in fact be named as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team when the East and West starters are announced. 
 
“It’s a little bit refreshing in that he is open about it,” Danny Ainge said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show this morning. “But every player wants to be acknowledged by their fan base, by other players in the league, coaches. You come into the league and as a young player you want to earn the respect of your peers and then you want to get paid and then you want to be an All-Star; maybe that’s the wrong order; and then nothing more important than winning.
 
Ainge added, “Isaiah is having a great year. He’s talked a lot about it. At some point in his career, he’ll talk about the most important thing and that’s winning championships.”
 
Ainge pointed to when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were all Celtics, there was no mistaking that winning came before anything else.
 
But where those guys were in their careers in terms of individual achievements and just age, were major factors in their focus being so deeply rooted in winning.
 
“Along the way they all want to win, but when you get to the point where Paul, Ray and KG were in their 30s, they didn’t care about any of that other stuff because they had it all, already,” Ainge said. “They had multiple All-Star games, they had big contracts, winning became the only thing that mattered.”
 
In other Celtics-related news, Ainge said that there’s no timetable for when Avery Bradley (right Achilles strain) will return to the floor. He has missed five of the last six games with the injury which includes last night’s loss to the New York Knicks which was a game in which the 6-foot-2 Bradley was a last-minute scratch from the lineup