Logo
Browse Archives by:

Ship Righted?: Celtics 93, Raptors 79 (Full Recap)

 

Loosen 'em up Rajon, you earned it.

ESPN Box ScoreRaptors RepublicRaptors HQ

The Celtics end their two game slide with a very convincing road-win over the Toronto Raptors.  A fourteen point win against the Raps is to be expected of a team that fancies itself a Championship contender.  Still, this evening’s game had its share of teachable moments.

First off, this Celtics team is extremely deep.  The Celtics platooned the O’Neal brothers in the middle, getting 18 big minutes out of both of them.  Things in Celtic center land are expected to get a lot better when Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett return from injury.  That said, they could do worse than having Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal eat up minutes.

Secondly, this Celtics team is going to get outrebounded.  Even though most of the rebounds in this game appeared to bounce right to Raptor players, it’s not like the Celtics getting outrebounded is fluky.  The Celtics had their own glass cleaned for them to the tune of 19-2.  Again, while most of these boards were the long-rebound/bounce-right-to-the-opponent type instead of the battling in the trenches type, the disparity should not be overlooked.

Thirdly, Rajon Rondo is amazing.  Make no mistake, Rondo was extremely rusty.  He threw the ball out of bounds (5 turnovers).  He had no chemistry with the starters or the bench.  He, at times, appeared hobbled by his ailing ankle.  Even with all of that, Rondo still had 8 assists and played 34 minutes.  Rondo’s first assist was probably his best play:

Half way through the second quarter, Rondo broke a pair of ankles on his way to giving Paul Pierce a wide open three point make.  If you watch the above clip again you’ll see Jose Calderon get embarrassed on Rondo’s initial crossover and then Julian Wright get caught by a head fake into a fake crossover.  I don’t think I have ever seen a fake crossover come that far to the other side of a player’s body.  Even coming off an ankle injury, Rondo is able to use his speed to blow past his opponents before they can even establish their defensive stances.  He is certainly not all the way back but tonight was a good sign.

Well, almost a good sign.  There was still this beaut’ from the second half:

Kleiza Goes "Albert Haynesworth" on Rondo's Ankle

Yes, you are seeing that correctly.  That is Linas Kleiza doing a two-step on Rondo’s already-injured ankle and that is Rondo writhing in pain.  Luckily, this little mishap looked to scare Rondo more than actually hurt him as he didn’t even leave the game.  For those of you who watched the game, I think I heard your collective sigh of relief from my house.

Rondo wasn’t the only person who got stepped on in this game.  In the second half, Glen Davis caught a little friendly fire by way of Jermaine O’Neal’s high top:

"Baby, how does my size 14s taste?"

I am just happy that this little kiss failed to dissuade Glen Davis from taking charges in the future.  Davis seems to have a short memory considering he successfully took a charge on DeMarr DeRozan on the very next play.  We can argue whether or not either of these were actually, by definition, charges (I say there weren’t….Oh come on, Davis’ feet were sliding both times….listen, just because he took a hard hit doesn’t always mean it’s a legit charge….alright, alright, calm down.  They were both charges….(no they weren’t)) but what we can’t argue is the positive outcomes Davis’ charges have caused this season.

Glen Davis’ energized play did well to mask his abysmal outside shooting.  Davis is edging his way further and further out on his jumpers and the results have been mixed.  Here’s Davis’ shot chart:

Going three for eight beyond 15 ft. does not inspire any confidence in this Celtics analyzer.  Despite this poor decision-making,  I wouldn’t be surprised if Davis was shocked to find out just how far away from the basket he is on these attempts.  I also could be more upset, but many of these shots came when he was wide open.  That said, he was usually wide open because he was so far away from the basket and out of the known Glen Davis range.  To recap: Davis was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Davis would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he were sane he had to fly them.

I’m not quite sure why Davis has not been able to extend his range beyond 15 ft.  Perhaps it’s a lack of practice because it’s certainly not a lack of confidence.  Whatever it is, the flies in his eyes doesn’t help.

Enough with Glen Davis and his shot selection.  The Celtics won and to the fans of winners go the spoils.  And by spoils I mean this dramatic throw down by Pierce. What some viewers may not have noticed due to the jump-out-of-your-seat living room posturing this dunk surely engendered, is that the Celtics went right back to a similar play on their very next possession.  Tonight, good things happened when Paul Pierce turned the corner.  This time, Pierce wasn’t able to throw down another crowd-pleaser due to DeRozan going under the Rondo screen and recovering extremely well/fast.  Instead, Pierce was able to kick it out to a wide open Ray Allen who drills a three.  Great stuff:

  • Here’s the “Celtics” play of the game:
  • By “Celtics” I mean this play best exemplifies “Celtics Basketball”.  Just look at the ball movement.  The double-teams commanded.  The unselfishness.  It’s just beautiful.

  • Bad:  DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points on the Celtics tonight.
  • Good:  It took him 25 attempts to do so.
  • Not to fret Celtics fans, Pierce did tweak his ankle on his last dunk of the game (man, when was the last time you’ve seen that written) but it does not appear to be serious- according to Paul Pierce’s smirk right after he did it, RotoWorld, and Doc Rivers’ postgame Q & A.  Also by way of Rivers: Marquis Daniels played with little intensity tonight due to a stomach bug.  I don’t think it’s a huge deal if one game goes by and we don’t mention Daniels in a positive way.
  • That’s it for now. Tomorrow the Celtics take on the lowly Timberwolves who have been playing pretty good basketball this season- despite what their record may suggest.

    • http://twitter.com/BradChampagne @BradChampagne

      Why do even bloggers berate the Celtics for mistakes when they have the 2nd best record in the league and they've been hurt all season by injuries. I don't get it.

      • jacksobd

        "Rajon Rondo is amazing"

        You know what? You're right. I am too hard on these guys….

    • dtla la

      Rondo is sick. Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick.

    no prescription xenical bupropion tab zithromax 500 mg pfizer viagra on line buy deltasone online cipro in south africa purchase viagra without a prescription levitra website orlistat price discount cialis online cialis online us paxil lexapro cheap cialis in uk canadian propecia buy cipro in usa cheap viagra no prescription generic levitra canada viagra tab generic levitra mastercard natural alternative to paroxetine buying viagra from india purchase discount cialis buy prednisone online without a prescription lowest cost levitra best and cheapest viagra pills cialis pricing nolvadex price no prescription how to order cialis online celebrex price where to buy cialis cheap non prescription generic cialis top selling herbal viagra cialis discount overnight viagra sales in uk alternative paxil genuine cialis online viagra online stores online rx diflucan buy cheap generic viagra zithromax dosing how much is accutane cialis com purchase cytotec online azithromycin cheapest cheapest viagra online online pharmacies uk amoxicillin canada diflucan buy daily cialis online accutane oklahoma viagra cheap canada viagra discount sales purchase viagra in uk buy amoxicillin online xenical pharmacy ordering levitra buying viagra online legal cheap authentic viagra one day shipping amoxil side effects viagra how to buy cialis online best best price celebrex generic cialis lowest price buy cialis in canada us cialis propecia mexico online prescription viagra azithromycin purchase online cheap cialis online without a persciption cialis order on line dose amoxicillin levitra canadian cialis canada 5mg celebrex cost australia azithromycin 500 mg viagra online sale buy levitra in europe wellbutrin online pharmacy viagra canada pharmacies order nolvadex viagra professional pfizer cymbalta australia for sale buy online purchase viagra flagyl buy generic cymbalta 20mg wellbutrin online prescription cialis online american internet viagra pharmacy buy cipro online cheap viagra pill viagra approved viagra buy usa side effects for zithromax viagra 25 mg canadian pharmacy cheap generic viagra cipro generic 100mg of paxil real cialis pharmacies herbal alternative to lasix order viagra in canada cipro xr bayer discount clomid levitra online sales cheap levitra prescription cialis brand approved cialis cheap viagra discount generic viagra professional viagra pfizer 50 mg female viagra europe furosemide 40mg tab