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December 11, 2012

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Rivers

praises Pats

Add Doc Rivers to the list of Patriots fans. The Celtics coach was on hand for Monday night’s 42-14 shellacking of the Houston Texans and he was given the behind the scenes treatment, getting to stand on the sidelines and sit in on a Patriots offensive game plan meeting.

Rivers was beyond impressed by what he saw.

“I love watching that team play. I was telling our guys that today,” Rivers said. “It’s just really awesome watching them; how they execute, how professional they are. Every time I go to a Patriots game, I get so much out of it.”

The Patriots do it on another level. Just the execution. Listening to what they said they wanted to do on offense before the game and then watching them actually do it was pretty impressive.”

That’s high praise.

Lebron rips Barkley

Charles Barkley is widely known as one of the more loose-lipped and entertaining basketball analysts. This week, however, Barkley got under the skin of reigning NBA regular season and finals MVP Lebron James.

Barkley criticized Lebron’s teammate Dwyane Wade this week saying the guard is “not the player he used to be” citing a decline in athleticism.

“He’s starting to lose his athletic ability,” Barkley said. “He’s not the same guy. I got a look at him in person. He doesn’t explode anymore and he’s shooting a lot of fadeaway jumpers.”

James took exception to the comment and had this to say.

“It means Charles Barkley needs to shut up,” James said. “I mean, the man [Wade] is shooting 80 percent from the floor the last couple of games. That’s like, crazy, right? That’s why he is who he is. Unbelievable.”

Lebron is just sticking up for his teammate but Barkley has a point, Wade has lost a step, just look at last season’s Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics. A Celtics team that is not athletic could keep up with Wade on both ends of the floor, it was Lebron who they couldn’t handle.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru

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