The Celtics: Dirty By Design
That flagrant foul on Anderson Varejao might be the dirtiest NBA play since ... Perkins violently threw Jason Maxiell to the floor in January. Is it a pattern yet?
Doc Rivers and Tom Thibodeau haven't told their players to decapitate the opponent, I'm sure. But the style the Celtics play with Garnett as leader (even from the bench) is wild, fast and violent. The forwards and guards have to fly around to deny shots. Sometimes, when caught out of position, they flail ... and rope the opponent around the neck.
And that's fine -- there are ramifications for the dangerous plays. Davis watched the end of the game from the showers, and Perkins might hit the Sheed Threshold for technicals this year. But at some point the rest of the East is going to start matching dirty-for-dirty, clothesline-for-clothesline. I don't think the Celtics can take it as well as they can dish it.
(Addendum: I can't find a clip, but that move in which Paul Pierce cleared out Mo Williams on a fast break ... one more notch, right Boston? Borderline despicable.)