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Irresistible Force Meets Very Movable Object: C’s Demolish Bobcats 93-62

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Pace: 88.7 (very slow)

Offensive Efficiency: 104.8 points/100 possessions (middle-of-the-pack)

Defensive Efficiency: 69.9 points/100 possessions (beyond elite; it was as if the C’s were playing a group of middle school girls).

This is how it started:

And this is how it ended:

In between, the Celtics toyed with their overmatched foes from North Carolina in a game reminiscent of the many blowouts during the 2007-08 championship season. The Celtics quietly built a 42-32 halftime lead by holding the Bobcats to 0 points on the fast break and 0 points from behind the arc. Then Boston choked off the lifeless Charlotte offense (34.5 efg%) in the third quarter and this thing devolved into a rout, and a tenth straight Celtics win.

Ray Allen and Glen Davis paced the C’s with 16 points apiece, Rajon Rondo held DJ Augustin scoreless and Kevin Garnett managed another double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) in 23 easy minutes. In addition, Semih Erden got some serious run tonight, tallying 41 regular and garbage-time minutes, and registering 10 points and 7 rebounds.

In summary – it was everything you could possibly want from a mid-December game against an inferior opponent. The Celtics continue their torrid stretch and with each passing win, they position themselves better for the playoffs.

Next up – almost four full days off before a meeting with the red-hot New York Knicks (did I just write that?) on Wednesday night.

  • lkk23

    that knicks game is gonna be good!

  • Dan

    How did Avery Bradley look in the three minutes he played?

    • lkk23

      he got a dunk on a fastbreak.

      • Dan

        Thank you. Is anyone a little worried about Rondo's foot injury? I did not watch the game but on the scoop play highlight where he gets a nice scoop layup on the fast break it seemed like he was moving a lot slower than usual.

  • TedL

    Let us take this moment to be thankful that we got Shaq with our vet min slot instead of Kwame Brown.

    Holy cow can we be thankful.

    • timc

      haha i felt pity for that man tonight.. he must know how charlotte hates him for being so terrible :( i wondered how he was still in the league, i was sure he was out after detroit but i guess not!

      • J Atlas

        the only reason why he is still in the league is because he has something that no individual can be taught…BEING TALL. if he was 4-6 inches shorter he'd be asking "do you want fries with that?"

    • carpenter

      bazzinga!

  • Sam

    I took a moment Ted.

  • J Atlas

    finally the C's completely and utterly blow a team out…this season is starting to look more and more like the banner 17 run…only the players this year are better…if we keep this up we will definitely be raising banner 18

  • I_Love_Green

    Didn't watch the whole game, but I did notice Rondo doesn't look very good. Obviously not 100% and I really think we should have sat him tonight, or against the 76ers.

    The good news though, Shaq will be well rested for the Knicks game which is great for him. And I can definitley see Rondo having limited participation in the practices leading up to the game.

    • Ryan DeGama

      I tend to agree with you. But the C's have 96 hours until their next game – plenty of time for him to rest up and get that hamstring treated. And Shaq will have had close to a week.

      Overall – well managed by Doc, IMO.

      • DonL

        I have to disagree a little here. He still played over 30 minutes in a game where their opponent was never going to get back in the game. I think this was a lost opportunity to get Bradley double-digit minutes in a low-risk game

  • JP-

    Rondo only 8 assists….what is wrong with him! Just kidding, but the Knicks game should be a lot of fun, KG should be able to have a huge game (Amare doesn't play defense) and Amare has been scoring in bunches lately. Great game to watch

  • carpenter

    bloodshed!!!

  • carpenter

    ot: ben wallace got a carrer high in points against the raps

  • Joel W

    I never thought I'd see a picture of Kevin Garnett jumping that high again.

  • Patrick

    Just looking at some expanded stats today. The Celtics have the best record in the NBA against teams with above .500 record. The Miami heat, who's 7 game winning streak is all over ESPN, have a paltry 3-7 record against teams with a winning record. In fact, the Celtics are the only team in the East who have a winning record against teams above .500.

    • TedL

      True – and I still love this year's edition of the Cs. But I don't think Miami's still the patsy it was earlier in the year. Be interesting to see what happens when we they play a few more winning teams.

      I'm really looking forward to their game with the Lakers on Christmas. Then we'll see where they are.

  • TedL

    My prediction – the Celtics go into their New Year's Eve day game against the NBA Hornets with a record of 25-5. They lose in Atlanta on the second half of their back-to-back with NY and win the rest.

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