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What They Were Thinking

What they were thinking: Welcome to the NBA

Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff

Celtics rookie Greg Stiemsma draws a foul the hard way as Washington’s JaVale McGee barrels into his head while trying to block the shot, at TD Garden, Jan. 2, 2012.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot:

Up today: Celtics rookie Greg Stiemsma draws a foul the hard way as Washington’s JaVale McGee barrels into his head while trying to block the shot, at TD Garden, Jan. 2, 2012.

McGee: “I didn’t think he was going to pump-fake but he did. I’m looking like I’m going to get hurt, but I didn’t.’’

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Stiemsma: “I knew I was open. I got the ball and pump-faked. I knew he was there somewhere. He’s one of the biggest guys I’ve ever played against. I knew he went up in the air but then he kind of just rolled off me. It didn’t hurt. I didn’t know if it was his butt, his back, or his shoulder. I was just thinking get the free throws, get to the free throw line. Man, it was almost like a backwards piggy-back. It kind of puts piggy-back on a whole different level. I’ve never been fouled by somebody’s butt that high up on my body going up for 2.’’

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