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.