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Turkish Delight: C’s 110, Jazz 86

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Boston vs. Utah. Rondo vs. Williams. Truly a marquee point guard matchup that will be remembered for…oh, we forgot it already? We quit on this game an hour ago? Oh. Okay.

The Celtics let you get an early start on your Friday night tonight with a wire-to-wire gasoline-fueled torching of the Jazz, opening up a 14-point lead in the first quarter that Utah chose not to threaten for the rest of the game. Deron Williams and Al Jefferson threw up a couple of absolute stinkers, combining to go 2-15 (mostly Jefferson’ fault) with 8 turnovers (Williams) and 2 rebounds (collaborative effort). The question of how Rondo would handle Deron Williams was answered by Rondo not actually handling him that much, with Doc handing defensive responsibilities to the much larger Marquis Daniels, who totally shut down Williams in his time in the game. The only question remaining it what to like about this game the most. Is it:

1. KG rebounding from his mediocre night against Detroit to go for 21 points on 7-10 shooting in only 24 minutes?

2. The fact that none of the starters played more than 29 minutes?

3. That Ray 4-point-play when he hit that crazy off-balance one-handed 3?

4. Von Wafer’s putback hammerdunk with two seconds to go on the game? (Just kidding, nobody saw this).

5. Semih Erden, in a game against one of the league’s best frontcourts, posting his best line of the year and looking like (gasp) a legit NBA player?

I’ll take that last one. See you back here in a little while for the full recap, with a heaping helping of Semih highlights.

  • I'll have you know that I did see the dunk, and I'm still trying to figure out how Wafer got in there.

  • zebulon

    That wafer putback was so, so dirty. The dude just brings so, so much energy.

    And to think – at the beginning of the year, if you asked me who would bring our team energy and excitement off the bench, I would have ranked Wafer just about last.

  • I_Love_Green

    That was too ez. And I missed the Wafer dunk! Someone needs to post it

  • Zee

    Actually, Von Wafers dunk came with about only 2-5 seconds left in the game. :)

  • Batman

    That dunk HAS to be the NBA dunk of the night!
    I felt the shockwave from my living room in New York!

  • Rondo and Marquis did do a good job on D. Will… But to be fair, he also helped kinda take himself out of the game by getting in foul trouble so quickly. Since I mentioned foul trouble… What about the performance of the esteemed (dripping with sarcasm) ref Ken Mauer, with his personal vendetta against Marquis tonight? Of course, it didn't matter in the larger picture, since it was a blow out win, but still… Boooo!!

  • Tom W

    I don't mean to come off like a wet blanket, I loved this game from start to finish except for one thing. I'm worried about Rondo. I've come to grips with his fear of jumpshots, but where are his driving layups and his floaters? Last year, those were my favorite part of his arsenal. I can't see him pulling one of his Dream Shakes this year, the way he is playing.

    Again, don't get me wrong, watching Rondo night in and night out has been sublime, but I wish he'd bring back that aspect of his game.

  • ilaykarabay

    the title makes you think tjhat the article is about Semih but it's not still mentioned him so it's okey.hopefully you'll mention him more because we love himmmmm

  • ilaykarabay

    ooww just got the point didnt read the last sentence:)