Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Doug Collins is known to tell it like it is before and after games. He's not one to sugar coat anything and he often delivers lines that have the press corp laughing. Sometimes he cracks on his own players, and other times like on Saturday night, he has some fun at the expense of his opponents. But beware when you basically call Kevin Garnett and his teammates old.
From ESPN Boston via CelticsBlog:
While meeting with the media 75 minutes before Saturday's back end of a home-and-home, Collins noted, "There's no reason [the Celtics] should be fresher than us. Not with the amount of playoff games, the amount of minutes they've put into this league."
Not exactly the worst thing in the world to say, but then Doc Rivers passed the info along to his team:
And asked after the game how Garnett and his 51,152 minutes responded to
the news, Rivers noted, "Kevin reacted the way you think he would
react." Which is to say that Garnett was essentially enraged.
Yeah, you don't really want to do that.
The Sixers went on to get beaten rather handily on Saturday night. KG had a team-high 19 points and shot an efficient 9-11 from the field. And he's a scary human, so there's that.
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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Jarrell Brantley scored 21 points, Joe Chealey added 20 and they both had a double-double in Charleston's 78-65 victory over Delaware on Thursday night.
Charleston (22-8, 13-4 Colonial Athletic Association) has won three straight and remains a game back of UNC Wilmington atop the conference standings. Delaware (12-18, 5-12) has lost consecutive games after winning three in a row.
Brantley and Chealey grabbed 10 rebounds apiece, and Marquise Pointer added 11 points for the Cougars, who made 25 of 29 (86 percent) free throws. Chealey also had seven assists and Brantley blocked three shots.
Cazmon Hayes scored 20 points to lead the Blue Hens.
Charleston closed the first half on an 8-2 surge and led 34-28 at the break. The Cougars opened the second half on a 20-6 run, including a Brantley dunk and capped by Pointer's 3-pointer for a 20-point lead. Delaware pulled within 10 points but didn't get closer.
In case you haven’t heard, the Sixers traded big man Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks before Thursday's deadline (see story).
While Noel's former teammates were saddened by the trade, including Joel Embiid, the rookie big man is already looking forward to squaring off against his friend.
The Sixers face Noel and the Mavericks on March 17 at the Wells Fargo Center.