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Pacers' Granger: Celtics are better than Bulls

Posted on: April 12, 2011 9:43 am
Edited on: April 12, 2011 9:44 am
Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger says he'd rather face the Chicago Bulls than the Boston Celtics. Posted by Ben Golliver. danny-granger

In case you missed it: the Eastern Conference playoff match-ups are set. The Miami Heat face the Philadelphia 76ers, the Orlando Magic face the Atlanta Hawks, the Boston Celtics face the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls face the Indiana Pacers.

That last match-up is worth noting, in particular, because Pacers forward Danny Granger recently provided some locker room bulletin board material for the Bulls, saying that he felt the Celtics would be a tougher opponent according to
"Boston's a different monster," he said. "They don't have the best record in the East, but they won championships; they know how to do it. They have four, five guys you have to worry about.
"Chicago, they go as Derrick Rose goes. If you make a concerted effort to stop Derrick Rose, you have a better chance of beating them."
Well, I can definitely think of smarter things to do than writing off the team with the league's best defense as a one-man show. Rose is amazing, to be sure, but he's commanding a talented group.

Chicago already plays with a massive chip on their shoulder. Hearing that a fringe All-Star on a fring playoff team doesn't fear them? That's only going to get the nostrils flaring even more.

Does Granger have a point here? Perhaps. Boston has been there before. But Celtics observers would argue that the team is struggling right now precisely because its point guard, Rajon Rondo, isn't playing up to snuff and that it's carrying over to the rest of their options. Is it easier to make a concerted effort to stop Rondo than it is to stop Rose? Of course. 

Make no mistake, the Pacers are just happy to be in the playoffs and would get bounced quickly by either team. Give Granger credit for being honest here and pass along our condolences in advance for what Chicago is about to do to him.

Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2011 11:36 am

Pacers' Granger: Celtics are better than Bulls

Yes, CelticsFor18, I would rather play Derrick Rose over Pierce, KG, Rondo, Ray Allen, and Shaq.  Unfortunately, that is not a relevant question.  Granger does not seem to understand this either.  I would much rather play against that old Celtics lineup over Rose, Deng, Boozer, Noah, and Taj.  It's not even close.  It was a lot closer before they got rid of Perkins.  The Celtics will have a tough time getting through MIA.

Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2011 11:16 am

Pacers' Granger: Celtics are better than Bulls

Ask Granger again when the series is over (4 maybe 5 games) and see if his view has changed. Enjoy the thrashing that is coming Mr. Granger and do your best against their outstanding defense and deep bench.

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: April 12, 2011 11:16 am

Pacers' Granger: Celtics are better than Bulls

Think about: Would you rather play Derrick Rose or Pierce, KG, Rondo, Ray Allen, and Shaq? Hm...

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