I completely support the meandering route the Celtics took to victory last night. Why bother putting in a full effort in a season where managed minutes mean more than margin of victory? Boston wisely phoned in the first half of the game and let a deeply wounded Nets team (sans Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries) hang around until the third quarter. Then, Paul Pierce and company exploded for a 29-12 frame that buried New Jersey for good before cruising home in extended garbage time in the fourth (Hello JaJuan Johnson!)
In what’s becoming a trend, Boston got dense production from its stars despite limited court time. Pierce put up 24 points in 29 minutes to go with 6 rebounds and 5 assists, Kevin Garnett cool jazzed his way to a 14-12 double-double in 26 minutes and Ray Allen took the night off with the sniffles. Oh, and Brandon Bass did his usual black hole thing to the tune of 15 points, 13 rebounds (4 offensive) in only 26 minutes of work.
All good, then. Win secured.
A few more errant thoughts after the break, along with our nightly highlight gallery.
Marquis Daniels is shooting the ball terribly right now (32.5% from the field before his 0-7 last night). Let’s hope this is just him getting his feel back after missing so many games late last season.
3. So unnecessary, but so Rondo.
2. More Rondo, who seems destined to dominate these highlights over the full season. When he’s taking the ball strong to the hoop in transition, he’s just deadly.
1. Here’s a Bradley special from last night, harassing the Nets into a turnover.
0. And here’s the other end of the play with Rondo’s tricky dribble. Not quite as pretty. KG overpasses here rather than just taking the ball in for a layup. Result? Zero points. New Jersey ball.
Tommy’s Complaint Corner
Like the sedate TD Garden crowd, Tommy was unusually mellow last night. So, with no real explosion from the CSNNE broadcast and no obvious fakery to be invented, we’ll let sleeping Tommys lie.
At least until Friday night.
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