Post-game Reactions

Orlando Magic 56 Final
Recap | Box Score
87 Boston Celtics
Kevin Garnett, PF 29 MIN | 5-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +26

A high energy KG submitted a double-double on top of stealing the ball five times and blocking two shots. Also quarterbacked an absurd defensive effort from the undermanned Celtics.

Paul Pierce, SF 33 MIN | 6-14 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 19 PTS | +23

Another remarkable night for Pierce who has his swagger back and whose results on the offensive end are now matching his efforts. Remains a valuable creator on offense when Rondo’s out of the game. Doesn’t appear to be interested in being traded.

Jermaine O’Neal, C 18 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +5

JO neutralized Dwight Howard, took several hard charges and competed hard in 18 rough minutes. Nothing from him on offense, but that’s par for the course and, tonight, irrelevant.

Sasha Pavlovic, SF 34 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +20

Pavlovic came out of nowhere to play some superb defense and lay down some hard fouls to prevent layups. If we were grading solely on his performance versus expectations, he’d get whatever’s a level above the A he rightfully earned.

Avery Bradley, SG 29 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | +21

A bounceback effort for Bradley after a bad game against Washington. His ball pressure completely undid Jameer Nelson, who was a disaster and while Bradley’s passing remains suspect, the rest of his game is rounding into shape. He’s making better decisions on offense, and can get up and down the floor like nobody else on this team (besides Rondo). A world of difference from the player we saw only two weeks ago.

Marquis Daniels, SG 29 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | +19

Daniels had his best game of the year on both sides of the court. Made a bunch of smart plays on offense on the way to 5 assists and played his share of smothering defense. He needed a game like this. Let’s see if he can build on it.

Brandon Bass, PF 34 MIN | 8-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | +23

Bass was (broken record) terrific and (surprisingly) he got it done on both sides of the ball.

Greg Stiemsma, C 10 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +1

He’s got no feel on offense because he’s been sitting so much. But he did his job, which was to lay down a few fouls and play his part in the team defense.

JaJuan Johnson, F 4 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +5

A nice jam, and a few more minutes of run.

E’Twaun Moore, G 19 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | +12

His shooting has been terrible lately, but his defense is on an upswing.

Two Things We Saw

  1. A callback to those epic games of 2007-08-09 when the Boston defense would choke the life out of the opposition and make them submit. Boston rotated and closed out on shooters with precision and energy on the way to forcing Orlando into 24.6% shooting and a franchise-low 56 points.
  2. The first Boston win against a good team all season, which comes despite missing the C’s missing their two most consistent all-stars and three other rotation players.
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  • janos

    Hi Ryan, is Janos
    I cannot believe eye this score, iam SO EXCITE right no!!
    before game , I worry not play wizards but do not matter, is statment game and say : Dont mess us!!

    I like just say though all player should get A tonight, let have good enjoy one time?


  • Mark M.

    Good Job C's….
    Hope u continue playing on this level…..

    Well if we do, well gonna shock the league again……

  • Jamie

    Amazed when I saw the final. Without Rondo, Allen and Pietrus, By far the best game they played all year especially on the defensive end.

  • ripsonics

    i cannot believe this. im going to watch the game and comment later.



    • I_Love_Green

      Who wrote this team off? Who?!?!

      • tbunny

        Not me!

  • Batman


    • I_Love_Green

      He needs a t-shirt. A picture of him and a honey badger together.

  • sk35

    Ryan – you forgot to add that Bass even had an assist! Wow! Seriously though, great D. Since they got KG and Allen, this team seems to own Orlando. The overall record over that time might be close to .500 but it just seems like Orlando's plan of "kill teams inside with Howard and hit from 3 with everyone else" doesn't really work against the Cs. Nice win.

    • CelticsBIG3

      considering our defense was built on forcing teams to shoot jumpshots, orlando's game play is moot.

  • I_Love_Green

    This game was so uplifting for me nobody can even understand. I was trying to mentally prepare myself for a blow up, or missing the playoffs, and this seems to delay that for the time being. I think the biggest thing about this game is that it was the second night of a back to back! Incredible!

    Lets hope Rondo/Ray/Pietrus come back for Thursday's game and we keep this momentum going forward.


  • diehardceltic

    I had to do a double take on this one! Sad to say I missed this game but I will sleep on cloud 9!!!!! Proudly a #celtic!

  • CelticsBIG3

    Just great. If they can play defense like they did 2nite, you know they've still got it in them. Would love to see Orlando as a first round opponent.

    • CelticsBIG3

      by the way, f*** the "we want Howard" chants. Why so he can heave up fifty ugly hookshots?

      • skeeds

        haha my thoughts exactly. I say we grab Gortat, he gave us a run for our money last week didn't he? And unlike Howard he's actually got a fully developed offensive game.
        I mean come on Dwight, you're a superstar, where's your post game?

      • CG12

        Seriously. While I'd grudgingly take Howard over Gortat, I never see D12 without being wildly unimpressed with his game. What a chump. Keep smiling, buddy.

        • CelticsBIG3

          Defending D12 – "Hmmmm I wonder what move he'll use in the post this time? Oh thats right, a right handed hookshot sweeping across the lane."

  • CelticsBIG3

    56 points was an Orlando all-time franchise low 2nite.

    • CelticsBIG3

      20 points in a half was a new Celtic all-time franchise low for points allowed in a half in the shotclock era. Read that again… Despite what we have seen from this team, including a game against the Nuggets back in 08 where we totally routed them and had Carmelo beside himself, this was this groups best defensive half of the era.

  • far east man

    With all the bad things that has happened this season, I'm still a tad pessimistic and am praying to Satan that this blowout wasn't a fluke… Great win though! GO celts.

  • ripsonics

    well i cant watch the game cause its not on until midnight here in spokane..

    BUT MY GOODNESS. OFF A BACK TO BACK NO LESS. If we had beat phoenix, ppl. would be saying..


    Lets see how long this "winning streak" lasts and then we can comment.

    Honestly I am blown away.. good for them. Definitely something we can be excited about. And to all of those people that clapped for baby – shame on you…hah

    but really… how much do we love bass.

    GO C'S

    • CelticsBIG3

      Definitley watch man, game was awesome, the kind of stifling defense you'll remember from years past.

  • guest

    Maybe Dwight Howard will want to come here now after being mauled by us. The Celtics made him look like an average player tonight.

  • lakershater13

    Celtics played Knicks and Heat well with out Pierce. Crushed Orlando with out Rondo and Allen. Someone explain why the Celtics cannot compete to win it this year if the big 4 get and stay healthy?

    Celtics 2012 NBA Champs. I'll be the idiot and call it while the C's are 7-9!

  • Dmitry

    Key players out – Boston plays terrific, All Big 4 in roster – games ain't good enough. Isn't that sign its time to have some of big 4 from the bench and mix them with fresh blood?

  • skeeds

    See what happens is, you start getting comfortable with the idea of trading KG for example. Then, he comes out and plays a game like this, I mean, he was all over the place, all the time. Picked up Howard a bunch of times, never got scored on. And then Celtic pride kicks in and you're ashamed of yourself of even thinking about letting him go.
    Pierce I won't even talk about. If we're thinking about trading him, there's something really wrong with us…
    I just hope this game doesn't give Ainge more confidence for trading Ray!!!

  • CG12

    Good people of CelticsHub, are you now prepared to give Avery a little bit more leash and recognition for how truly awesome his defense is? I have literally never seen anything like what he can do to opposing points. It is hard to overstate how much he exploded the entire Magic offense last night.


    Bradley and Pavlovic through Doc's plays must sort, 
    In for Rondo and Ray, as our starting back court.
    Just when you thought the Cs couldn't seem older, 
    We learned that Pietrus has a sore left shoulder.

    The Cs started out with plenty of hustle, 
    At first JO couldn't handle Dwight's muscle.
    A tribute to Glen Davis, on the Jumbotron up high, 
    Baby blew kisses to the crowd, at least he didn't cry!

    Pierce blew past Richardson, Baby came in, on Bass, 
    KG found Moore with a beautiful pass.
    First two free throws in the NBA by Moore,
    Daniels had a clean block,  in Q1 did not score.

    But to start Q2, there was Marquis at the hoop, 
    Love the energy and spirit of this Cs group.
    Admire offense and defense played by Bass, 
    Especially love him on the offensive glass.

    First half Bradley and Sasha played great D,
    The Magic weren't able to score many a three.
    Two threes in a row, a guy in blue did appear, 
    Who remembered the Magic have Nelson, Jameer?

    A pile of players, scrambling for the ball madly, 
    In Q3 a jump ball created by Bradley.
    Bradley was pounded, fouled hard by Dwight,
    The Cs Number Zero "arrived" tonight!

    JO took charges, by Q3 there were three, 
    He'll soon need more than that wrap on his knee!
    JO and Howard got into a scrape,
    Dwight's not much of a superman without a cape.

    Tonight the Cs were down five men, 
    KG had a double double, he is playing again.
    The young guys and the veterans all did their part, 
    Best defensive game of the year, they played with heart!

    The Cs won–we can laugh at a funny sight,
    KG passed the ball to Pierce's head tonight!
    Through loud applause the crowd did say,
    "Welcome, Avery Bradley, to the NBA!"

  • tbunny

    Awesome effort. If the big three trade stuff was meant to motivate, good job. I had a sneaky feeling this game might be surprising, that Doc was gonna do his "I don't care who isn't here. If they're not here, they don't matter" and the team was gonna be fired up. Orlando got EMBARRASSED. I've always thought Orlando has no heart, and they just absolutely quit on this game. Pathetic. This is what I like to see: The celtics ripping the heart out of a team and feasting on it. Here we go winning streak!

  • MontrossDad

    Calm down. This game is in so many ways an aberration…when it rings, pick it up Danny.

    c’s rapidly falling into the broader category of NBA teams; back end playoff seeds with little hope in the lottery or playoffs, forced to rebuild through free agency. Not cost effective and in more cases than not, unsuccessful.

    • CelticsBIG3

      As fans we are entitled to be excited about winning this game in this fashion. You don't need to crap on our parade.

    • CG12

      Easy there, big fella. While we shouldn't hand the Celts the Larry O'Brien trophy right now, based solely on last night's performance, it showed that this team can beat, no, WHOOP good teams. We will see how much they can keep it up, but it is in there somewhere. Combine the ridiculous D, a seemingly re-energized KG, a win on the second night of a back-to-back, and PP's resurgence as the hub of the offense, and there are ample reasons for at least some optimism. Let's play the season out with the guys we have, and maybe mid-season acquisition or two, and when the season is over put into effect the 2012 off-season plan that has been in the works for years. The Cs are doing it right.

  • Jim

    I was expecting a blowout and I got one. Wow what a pleasant surprise! Bradley showed me he deserves more playing time. I also think Orlando needs a different point guard. Can we beat them in Orlando? That will be a real test.

  • W2.

    I was down at the Fleet on Friday at the Suns game and saw glimpses of the "Bradley Show". He is gonna give people fits. Celtics Nation needed this one.

    • timmy4prez

      word bradley was playing at the fleet?

  • timthomas4president

    goes to show that DOC needs to switch things up….these guys are older the formula we had in 08 just aint cutting it, we gotta figure out ways to score differently bring some new energy into the game…bradley needs to run with rondo, he's doesnt have much offense but i think he'll score more in transition off turnovers and long rebounds….give the rookies some shine too, jajuan the first legit leaper around the rim the celtics have had in a while