So, Quentin, do you have any comments you would like to share now?
My guess is no, after the Boston Celtics destroyed the Miami Heat in Game Two 106-77. As lopsided as the final score was, it was not even that close.
Boston had runs in the game of 21-0 in the first half and 18-0 in the second half. When Rajon Rondo drained a fade-away three-pointer with ten minutes left in the fourth quarter to put Boston ahead by 30 (92-62) and render the remainder of the game nothing but garbage time. It was at this point that TNT switched to the Phoenix-Portland game.
As we all know by now, Richardson instigated a situation at the end of Game On that ultimately led to Kevin Garnett being suspended for last night’s game.
Getting Garnett suspended was not enough for Richardson, as afterwards he had to run his mouth, calling out both Garnett and Paul Pierce, referring to them as “actresses”. Richardson thought Pierce was faking it and that just did not sit well with a gamer like Richardson.
As I watched the Celtics put on a clinic against the Heat last night, I kept thinking of Richardson. After Game One, Richardson said he does not like Paul Pierce and during the game last night Marv Albert repeatedly referred to Richardson and Pierce has having a rivalry.
Umm, Marv, there is no rivalry. A rivalry requires equals of some sorts. Richardson is an insignificant player nearing the end of a disappointing career. Pierce is an NBA Champion and a perennial all-star who will have his number retired by the Boston Celtics. Richardson-Pierce is not quite Magic-Bird. Possibly Rambis-Bird, but that may be degrading Kurt Rambis to equate him with a guy like Quentin Richardson who has not accomplished a thing in his NBA career.
To be fair, Richardson was a major contributor for the Heat in Game Two. If by contributor, I mean someone who did absolutely nothing to help his own team. Richardson had a team-worst plus/minus of -33, scoring just five points (0 in the second half). Pierce, on the other hand had a game-best +37.
But even putting aside Richardson’s brutal performance in Game Two, what really bothered me about his comments as I watched the game was just how unqualified Richardson was to be calling out a player like Pierce for a lack of toughness.
Richardson, in his tenth season, played in just his 16th playoff game last night. This season is only the second time he has been on a team that has reached the playoffs. Richardson’s best season of 17.2 points in 2003-04 would be the worst season for Pierce, other than his rookie year.
What type of player is Quentin Richardson? Well, he was traded this past off-season straight up for Darko Milicic. That can never be a good sign about a player. That wasn’t all though as Richardson would be traded three more times during the off-season.
He is also the type of player that just so happened to have his best season in a contract year. He then conned the Phoenix Suns into a big contract. After one year, though, the Suns had enough and shipped him to the New York Knicks.
That is where he really shined – in four years in New York, Richardson was paid nearly $32 million, but played in only an average of 55 games per season, scoring just 10.7 points per game.
Missing games would actually be the only consistent part of Richardson’s entire career. In his ten seasons, Richardson has played in just 677 of a possible 820 regular season games. In only five of his 10 seasons has Richardson played in more than 70 games.
Paul Pierce, on the other hand, in twelve seasons, has played in 884 regular season games and another 78 in the post-season. Pierce has played at least 70 games ten times, at least 79 games seven times, and in all 82 games three times. The only seasons where Pierce failed to play in at least 70 games were 2006-07 and in the lockout shortened 1998-99 season, where Pierce played in 48 of 50 games.
And Pierce has stayed on the court, playing an average of 38 minutes per game throughout his career.
If Richardson had any real sense of the limited player he really is, he never would have instigated the incident in Game One in the first place and he would have known not to run his mouth about Pierce and Garnett afterwards.
But for someone with a delusional sense of self-worth like Richardson, he sees no need to put in any real effort to bag up his tough talk. He’d rather pretend he has some semblance of importance on a basketball court. Well, instead of “pretend,” a better word may be “act.”