Call it confidence. Call it false bravado. But Dwight is saying big things and trying to rally his troops against a 3-0 deficit that means certain elimination in the NBA. The Celtics have put a vice grip on the Magic and everyone wonders if they will survive the night.
Dwight Howard isn't one of them.
It was just a few minutes before the locker rooms were closed to the press. I went into the Magic locker room for the first time to get a feel for the mood there.
Dwight Howard was there without a large media contingent around him (rare for playoffs) and a few other Magic players were sitting around. The media blitz had moved on. Mickael Pietrus, Anthony Johnson, and Jason Williams and maybe one other were there.
The interaction was understandably a bit strained, but worth sharing on the blog.
What is the feeling in this locker room right now?
DH: Ready to hear this quote?
TT: I’m ready……silence as Dwight thinks about what he might say.
DH: Who is this for?
TT: This is for Celticsblog.
DH: Laughter. I don’t think you want to hear this quote. Nevermind.
TT: You guys are in a tough spot obviously. What is the feeling in the locker room at this point? If you were to describe it quickly….
DH: Oh we’re feeling good. We’re ready to go. We still believe we’re going to win this series. Ain’t no doubt in our minds.
TT: Then tonight’s got to be the beginning. What do you guys need to do better?
DH: Have a better first quarter.
Have a great first quarter and the rest will take care of itself.
And the big man gotta dominate.
(End of conversation.)
And for those a bit slow on the uptake…that is Dwight talking about himself.
So there you have it. We will see how things shake out shortly.