Monday, January 25, 2010

Celtics Beat Clippers


It was a solid game for the Celtics tonight as they beat the Clippers 95-89. The C's shot an efficient 47% and held the Clippers to a 39% clip from the floor. In fact, the game probably would not have been as close if the C's hadn't missed 11 of their 34 field throws.
  • Rajon Rondo lead the C's tonight with a stellar 16 points (6-8 FGs, 4-6 FTs), 7 rebounds, 12 assists (3 turnovers), and 4 steals. Rondo played a team high 42:19, including the entire second half.
  • Paul Pierce took only 10 shot attempts, but hit 5 of them on his way to 22 points. He was a very efficient 11 for 11 at the charity stripe. The Truth did turn the ball over a team high five times.
  • Kevin Garnett's return to the line-up has been game-changing. While he didn't fill up the stat sheet much outside of his 17 point output, KG's intensity and defense has been better than ever. Doc Rivers did a nice job of limiting the Big Ticket to just under 31 minutes tonight.
  • Ray Allen the good: 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals. Ray Allen the bad: 5-14 shooting including 2-7 from three. He is shooting 11-38 (29%) from the field and 3-16 (19%) from three over the past three games. Rumor from CSNNE earlier today had the Warriors considering a Monta Ellis for Ray Allen swap. Ellis is a talent no doubt, but has a hefty contract and his game may not gel with the C's.
  • Kendrick Perkins had 9 points (4-8 shooting), 15 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Just another night at the office.
  • Rasheed Wallace and Tony Allen each had 5 points off of the bench, while Eddie House had 4.
  • Glen Davis had just 2 points on the night, but made news because he told reporters he is dropping the "Big Baby" nickname and has thrown out "Uno Uno" for the meantime. Questionable. Just start playing like last year, Glen.
  • The Celtics broadcast was without play-by-play guy Mike Gorman tonight, and it showed. The unmatched Gorman was replaced (if you'd call it that) by Gary Tanguay. Tommy Heinsohn and Tanguay didn't mesh well.
The C's have a big stretch coming up with games at Orlando on Thursday and Atlanta on Friday before a huge tilt with the Lakers Sunday at home.

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