Well, we all know that we’ve got Boston in the next round of the playoffs. That should help us focus better in practice.
We know the Celtics really well and they know us too. We had a great seven-game series against them in the second round of the playoffs last season. Winning that seventh game up in Boston last spring really gave us a lot of confidence and played a big role in us getting to the Finals.
We’ve had some good time off again after sweeping the Hawks but we have to stay mentally sharp and not relax one bit. I know Stan is keeping us in good shape with a lot of running and scrimmaging in practice. The much running we did kept us sharp heading into the series against Atlanta.
We’ll have our work cut out against the Celtics. They’ve got a lot of good bigs, so I’ll have to be really patient in the post and trust my teammates when they bring the double team. Boston has great defense, but if we keep playing unselfish basketball, we’ll be OK.
Homecourt advantage is definately a bonus for us. Games 1 and 2 will be at Amway. We need our crowd to come out and be really loud. If we want to keep winning in the playoffs, we have to play with great energy and intensity.
On a different topic, I wanted to remind you guys that my new movie, “Just Wright’’ drops tonight in theaters everywhere and I’m hoping that everybody goes out to see it. You never know when I might just show up at one of the theaters in Orlando and buy everybody free popcorn during the movie. I’ve been thinking about doing that to see how people respond.
I got to see the movie the other night at the premier. I enjoyed working with Queen Latifah, Common and Paula Patton. Paula Patton is one of those ladies who when she walks in the gym it just goes quiet as she walks through and then once she goes out it gets noisy again. OMG!!!
Ya’ll will have to go and check out my scenes in the movie and see what you think. It took around four hours to shoot my main scene because they had to shoot it from four or five different angles. And they had to take all of these pictures of you to make sure that you look the same from day to day. If you had a booger in your nose one day, they are going to make sure you have it back in there the next day for filming. Seriously!!!
I’m happy with how the whole project turned out. I’m hoping it’s the start of working in movies for me. Maybe someday I can do a comedy playing someone other than myself. I really think I could pull it off. I got good feedback from the producers and directors.
Go check out my movie and please tell me what you think of it. The critics gave us good reviews because the story is a solid one and the acting is good too if I do say so myself.
But I’m keeping all of my focus now on basketball. We had a great practice on Friday and I’m convinced that we’ll be ready for Game 1 come Sunday afternoon. Our team is hungry and focused and we know that the Celtics will be a tough team in the playoffs.
So we’ll need all of our fans behind us and be loud on Sunday. I’m outta here, ya’ll be good.