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Jackson picks Celtics over Heat in East

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08:11 AM ET 01.20 | In the event the Lakers reach the NBA Finals, Phil Jackson believes he'd be facing a rematch with the Celtics, not the Heat. "I personally don't think they can get by Boston," Jackson said. "I think Boston is too good a team. I think a team is still going to win. ... Boston is older and they have to go through the rest of the schedule without having some kind of breakdown of players. Ray Allen and Kendrick Perkins, etc., they are just really a good team. But there's nothing like the great athletic skill and dynamism that [LeBron James and Dwyane Wade] have and [Chris] Bosh is a terrific player in his own right. There's no doubt about their individual skills." When apprised of Jackson's comments, Celtics coach Doc Rivers smiled and said, "Well, in that case, Phil is a genius."

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January 20, 2011  08:13 AM ET

Well I guess PJ and I do agree on something....

January 20, 2011  08:29 AM ET

The wize Zen Master has spoken. "Oh great one, please share us more of your golden thoughts of wisdom! Please tell us something we dont already know!"

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January 20, 2011  08:33 AM ET

Its just the Celtics ability to defend especially when they're healthy. No story here

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January 20, 2011  08:38 AM ET

Phil is on point with his comments, the Celtics just have to survive without major injuries .

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January 20, 2011  08:56 AM ET

That's a safe bet.

January 20, 2011  09:08 AM ET

Typical hubris from Philip. Once was a time he was a pretty cool guy, but Jeanie's Boytoy has become a pompous ****

January 20, 2011  09:12 AM ET
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Phil will get killed from Haters again especially from the LeFake worshipers... PJ is right... He is playing mind game and is taking a shot at the Heatles in a nice way.

So what did you think about the game last night?

January 20, 2011  09:20 AM ET
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Has PJ ever been this vocal on teams before. This year he seems to be saying a lot of junk, especially the Heat way. Btw Phil, your team ain't doing so hot right now.

They're in 2nd place in the West, and have only lost 13 games; 2 more games than last year around this time. If they're not hot, they must be at least luke warm.

January 20, 2011  09:26 AM ET

He's probably picking the Celtics over his Lakers too. X^D *Hahaha* Sorry... Couldn't resist.

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January 20, 2011  09:41 AM ET

Focus on the Lakers, Bro.

January 20, 2011  09:59 AM ET

WELL THANKS PHIL!!! LOL!

January 20, 2011  10:14 AM ET
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Phil will get killed from Haters again especially from the LeFake worshipers... PJ is right... He is playing mind game and is taking a shot at the Heatles in a nice way.

You can also say he's trying to get the Celts to be complacent and somehow get shocked by Miami so he can have an easy finals cos he knows if he sees the Celts in the finals it won't be anything pretty. Celts are middle heavy. No coach will like to deal with them in a playoff series.

January 20, 2011  10:15 AM ET

The C's are the team to beat... All the hype about the other teams is just that...

 
January 20, 2011  10:27 AM ET
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The C's are the team to beat... All the hype about the other teams is just that...

You mean the lakershow and the C's are the teams to beat!

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