Chris Ford Respects Marty Conlon

March 20, 1995

Coach Chris Ford said the Celtics underestimated Milwaukee's reserves, especially Marty Conlon, in yesterday's 95-94 defeat.

"One day our players will respect guys like Marty Conlon, who keep plugging away and working hard and always seem to make the big plays at the end of the game," Ford said.

Conlon scored 15 points and grabbed an offensive rebound after a miss by Glenn Robinson, allowing Robinson to score the winning basket with 12 seconds remaining in the game. 

"We have respect for them; they have a good bunch of players," Derek Strong said. "You can't go anywhere in this league and expect the other team to roll over. At the end, Martyouthustled us."

Said Eric Montross: "Conlon is not a lot of flash, but he works hard and made some big shots he would not normally make in the first half. He cooled off in the second half, but then he made some nice drives and he hit the glass. He has a habit of playing well against us."

Conlon, a former Providence College star, said: "It's not like I play like this just because it's the Celtics. I've had some good games against them, but I don't know what it is."

They were grounded

The Celtics' charter aircraft departed Los Angeles International Airport at 3:15 p.m. Saturday but returned after an hour of flying because of a malfunctioning gear box, according to a team spokesman. The plane did not take off again until 10 p.m., because of problems repairing the gear box, plus Federal Aviation Administration flight crew regulations. The aircraft finally took off with an Alaska Air Lines crew and arrived at Mitchell Field at 5:15 a.m. yesterday . . . Xavier McDaniel has recovered from sore knees but played just two minutes . . . Pervis Ellison departed after nine scoreless minutes with a sore left knee.

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