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Phoenix Suns 79 Final
Recap | Box Score
71 Boston Celtics
Kevin Garnett, PF 33 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-1 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -9

Passive, ineffective KG returned tonight. It’s not a pretty sight.

Paul Pierce, SF 38 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 12 PTS | -4

Pierce facilitated the offense much of the night, and played with appreciable force in the first half. Overall, he ran out of gas and missed a bunch of shots (we keep having to note that), but it’s not like he had much help around him.

Jermaine O’Neal, C 27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -4

The recurring really-should-be-retired version of JO showed up tonight. He failed to contain Gortat and failed to control the boards as well. And he shot 33%, which is not good when you’re almost 7-feet-tall.

Ray Allen, SG 38 MIN | 4-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 14 PTS | +1

Decent numbers for Ray, who also ended up carrying some of the burden of offensive creation, but he felt like a passenger in this game. Unless his teammates are getting him open, he can only create so much offense on his own. It’s remarkable how much his mere presence on the floor means for the offense though.

Avery Bradley, SG 33 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +2

Bradley got a career high in minutes and responded with the best game of his career. Nash crossed him up a few times but Bradley stole the ball three times and came away with a nice line (including 5-9 shooting and no airballs). Even when confused on where to be on the court, he looked far more engaged than most of his teammates. More than a baby step tonight.

Marquis Daniels, SG 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -9

Still insists on shooting open jumpers out of his range when he should be taking it to the hoop. He has regressed this season.

Mickael Pietrus, SF 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -11

Boston’s second unit offense was stuck on jumpshots tonight but that didn’t translate into a lot of good looks for Pietrus against his former team. Shame.

Brandon Bass, PF 24 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +1

Another consistently solid evening from Bass, who hit half his shots and tied Ray Allen with a team-high 6 rebounds. I can’t believe I just wrote that.

Greg Stiemsma, C 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +1

One nice chase-down block. Also some solid work sitting on the bench.

E’Twaun Moore, G 12 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -8

Another bad shooting night. Bradley may have pulled ahead in the race for future minutes.

Four Things We Saw

  1. A contender for worst game of the year. It might have been a result of the lockout but the Celtics and Suns combined for 39 turnovers and four quarters of awful basketball in a game best forgotten. The Suns were better down the stretch, but that’s hardly effusive praise, given the lethargic effort turned in by most of the C’s veterans.
  2. Celtics killer Marcin Gortat had his way with the Boston bigs both on the boards (12 rebounds) and on the offensive end, where he shot 10-18 on all manner of pick and rolls, spot ups and point blank layups.
  3. A rightfully disengaged TD Garden crowd. They could be forgiven for turning on this Boston team after efforts like this one.
  4. The absence of Rondo. Without him, this team is just lost on the offensive end.
  • jimmy

    BLOW IT UP BLOW IT UP BLOW IT UP BLOW IT UP

  • someguyinsac

    How depressing, Celtics lose and I get to hear about the Kings beating the Spurs for the next few days.

    UGH! :(

  • ripsonics

    This game is why people hate the NBA.

    These guys get paid x amount of money per year to play a game that they love to play, and they come out and play like ass in front of their home court. It really is ridiculous. I have stood by this team and held true, but honestly… I don't pay good money to watch them tra-la-la up and down the court. We walk the ball up the court every possession, we take 6-7 seconds to get into our set, and we end up having to force a bad shot. They are playing the damn game TOO SLOW. 71 points tonight against a bad team at home, on one days rest. awful.

    THAT SUCKED SO BADLY. Not one positive tonight from the game. Jermaine O'neal is the worst basketball player in the league. Trade him, or drop him because he is literally worthless. LITERALLY WORTHLESS. Just a bad showing from these guys. I am not impressed in the slightest, and there is really no excuse. If this wasn't a game where D.A. looks at blowing the team up, I don't know if he'll find one the whole year.

    Completely pathetic.

    • CelticsBIG3

      Can I hit the like button more than once? JO is a piece of crap.

  • James Patrick

    Seriously, I blame all of this on the lock out , shortened season, and our aging stars. But if you blow this team up, then what? What do you hope to accomplish. I'd rather play it out, see if our stars are willing to come back at a reduced rate for the sake of trying to get one more, and then see who we can pick up.

    KG, Ray and Paul all LOVE Boston, They all know they're getting older. From all the stuff I'm hearing, I doubt they're looking to cash in. what's the point?

    Show some loyalty Boston, who cares if we don't win this shortened (asterisk) season. Let's focus on the several seasons ahead and let's do it with our Big 3 Still on the team in some capacity.

  • Sophomore

    BOOM goes the dynamite.

    Focusing on the future means realizing the current core doesn't have a lot of Ws in it. It's not loyalty to keep this team together. It's nostalgia. It's not good for the fans, who might get to watch a better team, and it's not good for the players, who might find a better situation.

  • ripsonics

    trade JO for Thabeet.

    Honestly because his name is cooler, and I think he might be better.

    • CelticsBIG3

      No one in their right mind is gonna take JO. You couldn't a retired Shawn Bradley for him.

      • CelticsBIG3

        get a retired*

  • Rolltide3332

    Lose every game this season.get the #1 pick in the draft. Bring back the elderly at a bargain price. Get a huge star. Thats my plan and I'm sticking too it!