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Big Baby, Stoudemire take gentle verbal shots at each other

Apr 18, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

Amare Stoudemire AP

Amare Stoudemire had 28 points, 11 rebounds and a few key baskets for the Knicks down the stretch in Game 1. (He might have had more if the Knicks hadn’t inexplicably stopped feeding him the ball.)

Stoudemire looked like the force he was earlier in the season. It looked like Boston couldn’t really stop him. But Boston’s Glen “Big Baby” Davis didn’t see it that way. Davis and Stoudemire jaw all the time on the court, and they carried that over to meetings with the press. Like the Boston Herald.

“It’s really not that hard; I don’t know why,” Davis said before the Celtics-Knicks playoff series began. “I’ve been tripping. I give him too much credit.”

It didn’t really matter that Davis did add that he needed to be vigilant — “If he gets a step on you, he’s too strong…”

Stoudemire, of course, fired back. In the “you’re not really comparing us, are you?” kind of way.

“I’m sorry, but me and Glen Davis are on two different platforms right now,” said Stoudemire, who scored a game-high 28 points in Game 1 last night, but watched the C’s rally for an 87-85 victory. “He’s a solid player, does a great job for his ballclub right now, but we’re on two different platforms.”

Asked to comment on Davis (two points, five rebounds last night), Stoudemire said, “He’s great for his team. He comes in and plays hard. He rebounds the ball well. He really gets it going. It’s great to play against him because we both talk, we both get ourselves going out there on the court. It’s a lot of fun.”

Okay, that’s not real impressive or incisive smack talk. It’s frankly high school freshman smack talk. But as both of these guys are pretty media savvy and know how many media sharks are in the water around this series, they are playing nice. Relatively.

It will be fun to watch these to go at it for a few more games. But if I were a Knicks fan, there would be other things I’d be more worried about than what Davis says.

  1. pff - Apr 18, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    the refs screwed the knicks last night…plain and simple

    • andyhr17 - Apr 18, 2011 at 8:37 PM

      The refs didn’t blow a double digit halftime lead. The refs didn’t tell the Knicks to stop giving the ball to Amere the last 5 minutes of the game. The refs didn’t somehow make Carmelo shoot 28% from the field. The refs didn’t magically make Billups hurt his knee. The refs didn’t tell the Knicks to give Ray Allen a great look at the end of the game. The refs didn’t tell the Knicks to not know how the hell to play basketball the final 10 seconds of the game. The refs didn’t tell Carmelo to heave up a bad three at the end of the game.

      • rbndrw - Apr 19, 2011 at 12:25 AM

        youre right about most of that, but down the wire is when you can really tell who is being favored in the game regardless of what team u root for..

        the refs DID give the Celtics the ball on a flop by pierce with 30 seconds remaining, this is playoff basketball that should not have been called

        the refs DID give Ray Allen that open look KG tripped Douglas plain and simple this was BS.. that should be knicks ball and theyre up with a little over 10 seconds left

        the refs DID not call a T when Delonte West clearly ran on the court to chest bump ray allen after he hit the 3 as the game was still going on.. rem amare getting a T called while on phoenix for stepping on the court..?

        anyone who says these plays were not more critical in the end than anything you said would be lying.

      • andyhr17 - Apr 19, 2011 at 6:01 AM

        Ummm…you’re calling Delonte West walking onto the court under the circumstances that he did a game changer? You’re really grasping for excuses…

      • rbndrw - Apr 19, 2011 at 1:34 PM

        how is it not? its illegal, thats a technical foul and the ball with 10 sec left.

        either way that melo offensive foul was terrible even Pierce himself said it was a soft call

        I’m not taking anything away from ray allen it was a clutch shot but cmon that look would not have been half as good if KG didnt blatantly trip toney douglas therefore ray shouldnt even of had that shot, knicks ball up 1 with little time left, that threw the game.

      • andyhr17 - Apr 20, 2011 at 8:55 AM

        Yeah, too bad it’s not a technical foul…it’s a delay of game. Wouldn’t have changed a thing.

  2. pff - Apr 19, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    andy must be one of those trashy, bitter, wind blown boston-ites that thinks the C’s can/will do no wrong. seems to be the trend with that team, from the players to the announcers to the fans. refs helped that team to the win…bottom line

    • andyhr17 - Apr 19, 2011 at 11:30 AM

      Nice try, I’m not from Boston.

      And what does your post have to do with anything? What do I have to be bitter about? My team won. The Celtics do plenty of wrong. When they lose, I don’t look for any reason possible why they lost. Celtics should have lost that game, but they played through.

      I’m guessing your a New Yorker who thought that since you traded for Carmelo that it all of a sudden made your team unstoppable? Enjoy watching their one round of playoff basketball this year. Enjoy the scoring machine/cancer to a team that is Carmelo Anthony.

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