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.