Jrue Holiday: Elimination Game 6 “Like The End Of The World” [AUDIO]
Melodramatic? Hyperbolic? Reaching for the loftiest superlative that comes to mind?
Maybe. But at least the guy takes his craft seriously.
Said Holiday after practice Monday, when asked how elimination games, like Game 6 Wednesday or Game 5 a year ago (when the Heat slammed the door in their fledgling playoff faces a year ago) feel:
"Kind of like it's the end of the world. We want it more than they do, that's how you have to look at it, and just go out there and fight and battle."
And step up to the plate against Kevin Garnett (averaging 20 points on 53.8 percent shooting and 10.6 boards in four games) and Rajon Rondo (14.4 points on 47.8 percent shooting, 14.6 assists, 6.6 assists and 2.2 steals), the latter of which somebody, be it Holiday or Evan Turner, is going to have to do something about. Funny thing, Holiday didn't voluntarily shoulder that burden. But the way he oh-so-ambiguously floated it, you wonder whether he was super subtly taking a personal onus.
Said Holiday: "He already takes two guys with him. We just really need to keep one single person on him, make it more difficult from there. Put a little more pressure on him."
Needless to say, the seeming fit to make that happen is the uber-long-armed Turner, who, it's also worth noting, doesn't seem to wilt in the shadow of Rondo's stardom. Don't think Turner cares. (Though, with a minus-27 on the series and minus-10 in Game 5, maybe he should, at least to the end that he tinkers until something works.) And, after hearing all that, I'm pretty sure Holiday doesn't either. (And no, at minus-34 on the series and minus-11 in Game 5 (he's been in the red in every game this series), Holiday hasn't exactly proved he's game either. For scruple's sake, Rondo is plus-22 on the series, plus-16 in Game 5. Tall order, I know. Make that your backdrop for Game 6.)