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Celtics not impressed by Heat’s 21-game win streak

Mar 16, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

Paul Pierce, LeBron James

The Heat won their 21st straight game on Friday in Milwaukee, and while there’s no easily predictable end to the winning on the Miami horizon, at least one team isn’t lining up to fawn over the defending champs.

The Celtics are in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, and are just a half-game out of fifth after going on a legitimate run following the season-ending injury to Rajon Rondo. Boston is the one old-school, throwback team that has nothing positive to say about its conference rivals, and its players went on record Friday as being anything but impressed by Miami’s current stretch of winning basketball.

From Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston:

“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.”

Asked whether he wants the Heat to still be carrying that streak on Monday, [Paul Pierce] offered, “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.”

This is what makes the Celtics who they are, and it’s what gives them an edge beyond their won-loss record once the postseason begins.

There’s a competitive fire and a chip on the shoulder that the veterans in Boston take with them into each and every game. From a pure talent perspective, the Celtics can’t hang with the efficient execution of a team led by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. But aging guys like Terry and Pierce (and of course, Kevin Garnett) treat every one of their battles like it may be their last.

Should Miami win in Toronto on Sunday afternoon, the win streak would be at 22 as the Heat head to Boston to face the Celtics the following night. It’s not like they’ll need any motivation to continue their winning ways, but in case they find themselves searching, the quotes from Pierce and Terry should more than suffice.

  1. rodge1 - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    The mark of a true champion is having other teams talk crap like desperate women… Go Heat!

    • hehateme2 - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      spoken like the true losers the celticks are. Green with envy!

  2. nbascreed - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Sometimes “false bravado” goes to far. Of course he’s impressed with it. Jet’s been in the league for 10+ years and knows, full well, the rigors of an NBA season. To win 21 straight is very impressive. I don’t know why he couldn’t just say this. It shouldn’t make him any less intense and focused when game time comes, but alas. Like I said false bravado.

    • Nostrils10 - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      Or maybe we can take the mans word, and he really isnt impressed by it??? Damn know it alls on here.. How u know what the man is thinkin? Someone always has something to say

      • michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        This isn’t a subjective matter. A 21 game win streak is objectively impressive. The reasons for Terry’s comments or his irrational belief are subjective and nbascreed is attempting to explain that. I think he’s right, false bravado.

  3. davidly - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Who knows from Monday? The only thing one can say with certainty is that Garnett will go after one of the Heat’s little guys, and Wade will punch one of the Celtics guards in the nuts.

    • badintent - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:25 AM


  4. thenmoveback - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Title should read… Heat not impressed with celtics “ok” record

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Bravo and exactly what I was thinking

  5. robones - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    They are GREEN alright. GREEN with envy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! how can anyone specially an NBA player, specially veterans not be impressed with 21 straight victories. Its hard winning in the NBA, and its specially hard winning on the road. What a bunch of dumb a$$es filled with nothing more than envy!

  6. lemfaxx - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    If he is not impressed with the miami’s record right now how much more his own team – Depressed?

  7. dls612 - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    The negative comments from the Celtics says otherwise! But really do anybody think that the heat care?

  8. jimeejohnson - Mar 16, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    The Celtics can win against any team on any day. But, they can also LOSE. Ask the Bobcats: they’ll tell you.

  9. romo2dez88 - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Yeah the Celtics talk tough, then get whipped by the Heat. Sounds about right.

    • andyhr17 - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Doesn’t seem to be how it went down last time they played.

      • miamatt - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        How about when it matters?

      • andyhr17 - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        You must be a post LeBron Heat fan because prior to that the Celtics owned them for just as long as the Heat have been owning the Celtics. Basketball history, son. It goes further back than 2 years.

      • miamatt - Mar 16, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        ^^^^^ahh, there’s nothing like the veil of the internet to give some coward the guts to judge somebody he doesn’t know and will never meet.

        #1: I’ve been a fan of my hometown Heat and the NBA since the expansion season so give me a break with your moronic “history” lesson. If by “owning” Miami you mean the head-to-head REGULAR SEASON matchup then congratulations. Well just have to settle for being a better franchise since we came into the league. What, is that one ‘chip since ’86? That’s super, we’re about to get #3.

        #2: “When it matters” refers to the PLAYOFFS, in which case the only history is the last three years- two series wins for Miami, one for the Celtics.

      • bozosforall - Mar 16, 2013 at 9:40 PM

        Miamatt, the Heat OWN the Celtics…and you OWN sandycrotchho17.

      • andyhr17 - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        You are everything that people dislike about Heat fans.

      • miamatt - Mar 17, 2013 at 12:47 AM

        You are just the kind of self-rightous crybaby Boston fan that I remember from having actually lived there for most of the past 9 years. Every year, as soon as the Celtics are eliminated, nobody wants to talk basketball anymore- it’s all about the Red Sox, until they choke.

        Look at your team and know this: nothing delights Heat fans more than watching those washed-up has beens slip further and further into mediocrity. I almost wish the Celtics were good enough to make it to another playoff matchup against Miami, so the Heat and our great sixth man Ray Allen could bury them. That “medium 3” was solid for a minute but now it’s back to the irrelevance that has characterized the last 25 years of Celtics basketball. How are the Sox looking this year? Time to start thinking about that.

      • badintent - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:28 AM

        When I think of Red Sox , BUCKEY DENT ALWAYS COMES TO MIND !

      • andyhr17 - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:49 AM

        Really? You bring baseball to a basketball discussion?

        Ok. How ’bout them Marlins?

      • andyhr17 - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:59 AM

        And you say they were solid for ” a minute”? They won a championship and lost another. What have the Heat done? They won a championship and lost another. The Heat have not accomplished anything more than the Celtics Big Three to this point.

        Keep lying to yourself thinking this Heat team will be together in five years with five more titles. Yeah, that’s how the NBA works.

  10. andyhr17 - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    This is so stupid. What do people expect for them to say? What player on an opposing team is going to say how impressed they are with a rival’s winning streak? Do you think the Lakers ever thought anything of a Celtics winning streak? No. The correct thing to say is you’re not impressed, you hope they lose every game, and stop asking me about how another team is doing.

    • dko83 - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      Finally someone with some sense.

    • money2long - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      these are where all the thumbs ups should be

  11. allen227 - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    It’s hilarious to see all the “new” heat fans voice their opinion. I’m sure over half have never seen the court or a locker room. The Celtics are one of the greatest franchises in all of sports, until the heat accomplish what they have done then they will be the new trend. It takes more than championship to be considered great.

    • miamatt - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      What’s really hilarious is how many Celtics fans brag about a history they weren’t even alive for or aware of to see. Since the Heat came into the league they have been a better franchise than the Celtics have been during the same period. The short version is 2 to 1 titles for the Heat, and you know what? That gap is gonna get waaaaaaay wider before it gets narrower again.

      Have fun deluding yourself again as the Celtics make another heroic but ultimately futile effort in the playoffs. Who knows though, maybe y’all will luck out and get the first pick in the 2015 draft.

      • dynneffxi21 - Mar 16, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        What’s even more hilarious is the Miamatt’s comparisons of two different basketball team’s championship history from different eras. Nice comparison there smart guy……Learn to read history and think before you try to get all intellectual on us here……………..

  12. timb12 - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    I hope you all remember who ended the Rockets’ 22 game win streak…the Celtics. I’m not saying it’ll happen again, but ESPN will use that stat.

  13. miamatt - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Funny. The Heat aren’t impressed by a Celtic team that talks way may more than they win. I’ll look forward to hearing whatever whiney comments they make after they get whupped on Monday night.

    Also, if you are going to mention Terry’s “history with the Heat from the 2011 Finals” you ought to also mention his history with missing the shot that basically iced Miami’s Championship-clinching win in game 6 of the 2006 Finals.

  14. scorp16 - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Let me preface this by saying I am a Heat fan and season ticket holder

    Nothing wrong with what Terry and Pierce said. What the story doesn’t mention is the context in which their comments came from. I’d wager to guess it was something along the lines of ……. Miami comes in Monday with a streak of 21 so what do you think about that?

    Both responses were along the lines of … We think more about what we’re doing than what they’re doing…..

    All that being said…..Miami by 11 Monday night

  15. bozosforall - Mar 16, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    In other news, the teams of the NFL weren’t impressed by the Patriots’ 16-0 regular season record in 2007. Particularly the Giants. Sucks to be a New England loser fan.

  16. wgray981 - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Should be a good game. Hoping KG can dominate the paint like in his glory days and lead the team to a W.

  17. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 17, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Keep talking Terry. Keep talking

  18. trimaster1 - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    I think it’s safe to say these teams don’t like each other. Terry said some things about Ray Allen earlier this year also that weren’t so nice.

    Personally, I think Terry needs to stop talking and focus more on his game.

    Looking at their record and their injuries, I’d say the Celtics are like an old fighter past his prime: he still thinks he can fight, but his mouth is more lethal than his punch.

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