Mar 10, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Boston Celtics guard Paul Pierce (34) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha (2) during the first half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
The Cetlics have always been a team that doesn’t concern themselves about what’s going on around the league. The team usually stays focused on the very next game that they play, knowing that each win is going to be crucial down the stretch.
Good teams never really look ahead to challenges, but a few Celtics were asked their thoughts about a few things today by ESPN Boston.
When asked his thoughts on the Miami Heat’s winning streak, this is what Jason Terry had to say about it:
"“Not really impressed with it or anything that they do,” said Terry, who has a history with Miami from his Dallas days when the two teams met in the 2011 Finals. “So, for me, it’s more about what our team is doing and how we’re coming together as a unit.”via ESPN Boston"
Its possible that the Heat could tie the Houston Rockets 2nd all-time longest winning streak of 22 games by the time they play the Celtics on the 18th–the same day that the Celtics ended the Rockets streak as well. Many believe that if any team is going to kill Miami’s streak, its going to be the Celtics.
Paul Pierce was asked what he thought about the streak as well. He said that he hopes the Heat lose the rest of their games:
"“I really don’t even care. I hope they lose every game the rest of the season. I just worry about what this team does.” -Paul PierceVia ESPN Boston"
Doc Rivers may hit the nail on the head with his comments about the Heat’s streak. His thoughts represent the Celtic way here:
"“I don’t really care,” he said. “We’re going to play them one way or another, whether they have a streak, or coming off a loss. We’ll be ready, I’m sure they will be.” -Doc RiversVia ESPN Boston"
Pierce also gave his thoughts on the Celtics having a shot at winning the Atlantic division. He doesn’t seem to care much about that either. Homecourt doesn’t mean too much to Pierce, I guess:
"“I’m sure if we hung Atlantic Division banners up here, we’d be looking at lot more closely at them, but right now we’re just floating under the radar, trying to win as many games as possible and play well going into the playoffs,” Paul Pierce said.via Boston.com"
The Celtics are taking things one game at a time and letting the pieces fall where they may. This lack of a sense of urgency is something that Boston has had since 2008 when they won their title. They’ve been the underdogs in the East for the past three to four years now, and it hasn’t changed one bit. They know how to handle these pressure filled situations and always seem to come out on top. Hopefully, we see that same resilience this season.