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Former Celtic and current Knicks analyst Wally Szczerbiak on game 5

May 1, 2013|

Wally Szczerbiak joined the show and told the guys the series is not over quite yet and that he has a lot of respect for the Celtic players and Doc Rivers. Wally also said that he would have no problem playing with Carmelo Anthony even though he is a ball hog.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

I joining us on the AT&T outline AT&T four GL TE Campbell's the post game on chemistry for the New York -- bunkers Celtic Wally Szczerbiak the morning Wally how aria. Oregon -- are doing very well when you look at this version of the Boston celtics' -- do you see an overmatched aging tired basketball team or do you still see one that is a little bit dangerous. Have a lot of respect for the guys remember my played with a lot of them up later in the Doc Rivers show. You know I would never want to you know give kind of -- KG and Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers -- great coach likes. And they came up with a big time victory in game or. And they're going to be ready to play game five Nixon -- -- come out very focused and play good brand of basketball elected not -- series you know they're definitely dominated the series. But I got to do it on the defense then collective virtually abilities out there on the opens office. You know without a true point guard helping them get their -- special inspector Lebanon to visit a night game. Well we've used this analogy a couple of times to the 2004 Red Sox when Kevin Millar Kyle but cowboy up guy said when they Red Sox were down three games to none to the Yankees. Said don't let us win tonight's game just don't let us back into the series ultimately they won four straight in an historic comeback. -- do things change for game six in Boston does the psychology of this whole thing changed the Celtics somehow pull this out tonight. Of course you know on momentum the big thing in the seven game series and you just take one game at a time and each game takes a completely different identity. You know I haven't said that it's never been done in the NBA right now being down Austria so so we definitely are up against that. And that's the reason why the knicks took a three game lead and almost -- -- stop them they look like the better team for the first. Bringing especially in. You know almost were able to pull out another game of Boston's another series -- -- the garden but you know each game -- totally different chapters of the beat them you know so it's one tonight. You know that they have all the momentum coming back home hopefully they can you know play well in game six -- You know look look ahead of the players that -- -- that coach you just pick one game at a time you know the knicks have the advantage with the game being vulnerable orbit aren't going to be loud rock and rocking. And they got to have the mentality that hey we need to put the series the way help you going to give itself -- any more life in any more confident. That we -- game four and know you have -- Well in this in say it's a different game but it is itself the said the same promise him you you mentioned earlier I assume you see it to wall that they don't. Have a ball handler -- and get the ball over half court they don't. Have anyone it's the boards they don't they don't have any big man and they don't really have a small man. Other -- they're in great shape. There's yet there they you know they you know -- glaring in the first couple games not that bridge on -- there. You know Paul -- little. Out of -- comfort zone haven't run the offense in the turnovers were pretty inexplicable and you know Avery Bradley. You know he's he's a great role player but he definitely not a go to that point guard I think we're really seen that the series. And Raymond Felton really gun at him and attack them. And played very well investors' overall so. You know -- they're gonna have to do more of the same if they want to close out match you know they gave itself a little -- allies in the fact that Jason Perry got -- And that and that over time we paid for itself experience. You know carpet from wrong the other had a great year no I struggled a little bit this year so far in the Connecticut that swagger back so to speak and play well we get a confidence that they it was a good time to sell the experience so he didn't area than it. Tell us what has that happened for the Celtics to pull the upset -- specifically what do you think. Has that happened tonight that we haven't seen the last four -- they were lucky to win game -- wall you know they scored thirty points in the second half and and a I Carmelo was awful so I mean there really were lucky and and Jim Smith was out so that McConnell looking game four they really do have to. Turned things around tonight but what do they have to do specifically. What specifically they have they have something they can draw on game one pitch you know Vick played well there are -- seven -- in the third quarter against the -- in the garden came through there up six stone and a half so they definitely have shown the ability to play with conviction especially in Madison Square Garden. They have to figure out there you know down the stretch of games when it comes to real you know crunch time in the defense wraps its. You know find it would put the ball in the basket and you know I've just been shocked at how you know KG hasn't been able to get more shot attempt laden played with him for seven years and Minnesota march and play and played against the -- -- Cleveland imposed a lot more aggressive -- know the knicks have very good defenders and -- Chandler and Kenyon Martin but you know seeing KG go five for seven. You know normally he's got a he's more he's got to be more aggressive especially playing upwards of 38. To forty minutes. You know you wanna see his shot -- and get a little bit higher. And I think they'll take the pressure off a lot of the other guy that's because. You know he should not percentages and I just have never seen him differ so much and we'll see if he gets a little bit more aggressive tonight but he needs to be back side. That can take pressure off that -- -- -- also maybe get the ball on the posts and created few double teams and get some easy shots are being made especially down the stretch in. But you know ducks got a lot to -- are they played well in the garden you know at the end spurts they just had really really bad drought. And they can minimize those routes you know he's -- it feel like they have a chance. We're talking with Wally Szczerbiak who handles the MS -- post game for the New York Knicks if you look at the first half staff -- vs the second half stats in all four of these games is remarkable. -- Celtics are scoring sixteen points fewer in the second half than they did in the first. Off field goal percentage is down 18% in the second half vs the first. Three point percentage it's down 12%. And rebounds are just a little bit worst what does that say to you is at a coaching adjustment is that an old team getting tired and can't sustain it for four quarters or something I'm not sitting. I think it's an old team getting tired and you look at the minutes that the guys to play and then. You know until we are very deep they'll go very deep in the their bench and you know KG and -- have a lot of miles on them and you know what he reports in the second half of 125. In the second half the vote against thirty and that that. Then in the second half of another game -- -- those are pretty putrid numbers when it comes to offense in the second half the games so. -- set to have the mindset come within that they would wanna put the game away early yet but when it comes to. You know having -- buckle down and get stops we know we have the ability to do it and it's -- well pitched -- and have to carry that certain that I. In the garden and just have that kind of killer instinct to put the more it. If your Doc Rivers and somebody told you you'll have the ability to shut one of these two guys down completely tonight who would you choose belted RJR Smith. Who put to good question I think -- I mean I think Elton. When he played well for the next he is there real X-Factor is terrorist that has been really really good all year long. You know people -- system but he found a way to averaged eighteen -- off the -- You know he's been a consistent number two optional -- had done -- You know mellowed and -- line up here and there and there was able carry the team charity off and so you kind of know what you're gonna get added there are Carmelo. But Raymond -- the way he can play him when you get that third try to edit guy. Playing well. That's in the next elevate the level so. That the Celtics I think wanted to do one thing impeached by the slowdown Raymond. Com JR Smith when JR Smith opened his mouth and provided some bulletin board material not that it matters of the Celtics Arabia a tired basketball team. He said and I've been in that previous game -- swept them and we'd be playing golf wait for our next series talk about Jason Terry he's a Jason who I don't know who that is. The teammates appreciate that when a teammate provides bulletin board material for the other team. -- it depends you know everyone that there's you know what my -- and I've played it's one about my business did my job but you know certain players certain things motivate themselves you know Jason Terry has been known to be. You know little little bit of an investigator and a little bit of a fire starter. You know he got care -- a little bit but there are that the guy you're not gonna back down. And you know that's how he handled the business. Either or it's fun for us to debate and talk about that makes makes for great talk radio. But it's followed both the board material. Woolsey put serves a purpose depending on how he plays tonight the Celtics -- -- you know at all decided on the floor that's the fun thing about sports. All the parents are leading up to. You know the game starts against stark and invest in what. Would you like to play or like to have played with Carmelo Anthony guy average -- 28 shots a game in this series 35 last game. To me it seems like he's a little I notes that tired old cliche just a little bit of a black hole or a ball hog. I would apps I would just you look I had the mentality of a scorer and I was this war. And when you're teammates -- Olympic -- -- in the right way I see you're down five down an early. You know at the go to guy in the guy who knows the capsule that he ultimately you put everything on his shoulders. -- -- the it would trigger out a way to get back into. And what the beauty about the knicks this year -- -- and surrounded with. You know a lot of good players which has helped him. You know do his job and score the basketball but the other guys know -- also contribute and help the team win. With a dominant scorer they're being you know that their. -- mentality got -- treatment here at Raymond Felton and even JR Smith you know and Aerosmith -- then you know look component mellow about it might just shoot. That nose job the kind of you know you don't just get it wrapped in the one -- comes back when no one in the offense and Melo we know what we're getting from them. That's his game either dominance or did you look at the positive you don't look at the fact that. You know -- don't like to get himself into the rhythm and you know is a little bit of volume shooter because when he does get a -- the ability to carry teams that are. A ball when you retired at one. I like that volume shooters is your word for ball hog and I like that it -- take a web but only this when you come out of a timeout. Would you rather have a play running play as opposed to just an isolation to your. -- volume shooter. Now I mean into the NBA is about -- situation you could try to you can give the ball in the fourth quarter. And -- -- their guard down and say I'm scores are drawn to double in get the wider -- for McCain. And you know that's the Carmelo Anthony can do and he's helped the knicks win a lot this year and help the -- get to really lofty level -- Anytime you know the Celtics play good defense in the first couple games -- the garden. And Carmelo Anthony just get the shot clock with five seconds left that one dribble pull up with five guys look at -- and knocked -- right the guys side. But very demoralizing would be for him in the NBA -- in the playoffs you need a guy who can make shots like that. And he has the ability to and he's not gonna -- last game he shot awful. And he didn't make shots that normally he mentioned that happens every superstar had bad games. But if convicting me and I want him to continue to play aggressively could raise an MVP candidate for leading scorer in the league and you know off figure out a way to score off and -- do the little -- in order to help the team win in the torture Somalia. You think there are contender that the next. Absolutely and if you watched them play that he I mean they have to eat chicken in their -- in the meeting that they played against them. You know I've seen the team that spread to eat out had been confused. The defense under the floor of the -- or Amare Stoudemire was walked into the lane getting dunks you know -- -- knocked down trees right and left. -- on the next play at a different brand of basketball you know they're not afraid to go small. But not afraid to go unconventional. And -- -- -- defensively as far as their normal defense corporation. So if anything can knock out to eat I think the next its -- political -- in the regular -- that -- capable. It -- final question the Celtics are one loss away from joining that other storied franchise the lakers on the sidelines for the summer. Which is further away from getting back to where they wanna beat the lakers -- the Celtics. Aren't a good question. I guess it depends on what to do -- Dwight Howard for starters I suppose. Yeah. That's the great question. North Rondell coming back in I think pierce and KG still a little bit Latin you know I think that the lakers are a lot and you see what they played like. You know whatever whatever else becomes stretch in order to get in the playoffs -- it they can retool that -- Get Steve in helping next year. You know maybe get Kobe back -- -- -- -- that can be a very formidable dominant teams I would say the lakers if they keep all the pieces together. You know I'm a little bit that are opportunity -- Good stuff Wally Szczerbiak we appreciate the time enjoy the game tonight we'll talk -- down the road. What Szczerbiak at Dawson Callahan he from the MSG network just post game for the New York -- joining us on the AT&T hotline AT&T forgy LTD.

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