The Boston Celtics closed out their regular season by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 87-74 at the Garden Thurday night. The Green get a few days off before they face the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday in the first round of the playoffs.
Celtics center Greg Stiemsma spoke with Toucher & Rich about superstitions, fighting through pain and the upcoming first round match up with the Atlanta Hawks.
Stiemsma has been fighting through some pain as the season has gone on and has sat out a few game recently. How is he feeling heading into the playoffs?
“I’m feeling good, my feet haven’t felt this good in at least a month, it’s nice to get a little break. Obviously it was kind of hard to sit out a few games to get some rest, but it’s kind of the best way to do it so I would be ready for little more important games.”
Stiemsma informed the guys that he was dealing with plantar fasciitis in one foot and a bone bruise on the other. Most starters in the league would try to sit, but Stiemsma is trying to make a name for himself. How bad was the pain and did he ever consider just sitting out?
“I couldn’t really limp to either side because they were both pretty sore, but once I threw tape, you know tape them up before the games and kind of got myself going I didn’t really think about the pain a whole lot. You kind of pay for it after the game or even the next morning.”
Looking ahead to the playoff series with the Hawks, Stiemsma has no worries about his team.
“We’re ready to go, we’re ready to get into playoff mode. We know it’s not going to be easy, we know it’s going to be a grind and we got the leaders up front to take us through it too.”
The Celtics playoff run kicks off Sunday night at 7:30pm in Atlanta.