So after Thursday’s game against the Hawks, I’m listening to WEEI and Sean Grande throws out this statistic:
The Celtics have not had a 40-point scorer in a regular season game during the Big Three era.
I couldn’t believe it. I immediately went on my computer and started looking through numbers from the past four seasons (it’s true). I didn’t think it was possible, though. Not Paul Pierce. Not Ray Allen. Not even Glen “Big Baby” Davis, who I’ve always thought takes the perfect amount of jump shots, by the way.
You actually have to go all the way back to the 2005-06 season to find a 40-point scorer for the C’s. Pierce did it four times that year, including that classic 50-point game against the Cavs.
Talk about having depth and balance. Especially in today’s NBA.
Of course, the Celtics have done it twice during the postseason. Yes, the games are slightly more important, but benches also shrink and starters’ minutes are always higher.
Here are those games for anyone that forgot:
Pierce: 41 points in Game 7 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Cleveland (still the greatest Celtic performance I’ve ever seen).
Allen: 51 points in the Game 6 loss to Chicago in the 2009 ECF’s.
Anyway, just a fun fact you can share with your friends tonight. I thought I would mention it now before Nate Robinson ends the streak within the next two weeks. Enjoy the weekend!