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What SEGABABA? Celtics 100, Raptors 64

Toronto Raptors 64 Final
Recap | Box Score
100 Boston Celtics

Kevin Garnett, PF 17 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 7 PTS | +13

Doc gets a A+ for only having Garnett play 16 minutes!

Paul Pierce, SF 26 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 17 PTS | +28

Only one turnover! Pierce played loose in the second half when there were three straight possessions of him going one-on-one. Obviously the game wasn’t in doubt but there’s not really a point of being on the court if you’re not going to run something.

Jermaine O’Neal, C 14 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +8

O’Neal was in foul trouble for most of the game so luckily the C’s didn’t need him too badly. When he was in, he played great defense and took a few charges. Pretty much what you hope to get out of JO.

Ray Allen, SG 23 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | +23

Allen was feeling it from deep but didn’t play enough minutes to get above a B+.

Avery Bradley, SG 26 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | +27

Applied great pressure all night and showed more in the way offense than Celtics fans have seen. Bradley had a great off the dribble pull up jumper and a fantastic drive to the basket in the first half. Outscored Kevin Garnett.

Chris Wilcox, PF 18 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +13

Only 5 boards in 15 minutes but the +15 wasn’t an accident. I’d like to see him be more assertive on the offensive end.

Marquis Daniels, SG 5 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +6

Garbage time/mop up duty. Incomplete.

Sasha Pavlovic, SF 21 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +4

After playing really well in the first half, Pavlovic tried to play more aggressive and ended up getting his pocket picked by Barbosa more than he should have.

Mickael Pietrus, SF 21 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +11

Pietrus was extremely nonchalant tonight. He took 6 threes and many of them of the step back variety. He redeemed himself in the second half by playing solid defense and hitting the glass but I would like to see a little more seriousness on the court in more pressure-filled situations.

Brandon Bass, PF 31 MIN | 4-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +24

Hard to ask for more than a near double-double from the sixth man and backup power forward. Outscored Kevin Garnett.

Greg Stiemsma, C 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +2

In his first two minutes he allowed two left handed drives straight to the basket by Leandro Barbosa. He was then immediately replaced by JaJuan Johnson. He came back in for Bass and redeemed himself a little with a jumper but he should be making the most of the time he gets if he hopes to stick around.

JaJuan Johnson, F 10 MIN | 5-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +12

11 points in 10 garbage time minutes. Outscored Kevin Garnett.

E’Twaun Moore, G 22 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +9

In perhaps Moore’s biggest game in terms of trust and role, he played pretty well controlling the offense. A few end of the shot clock moments of indecision took him down a few notches but overall a good step in the right direction.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Toronto Raptors are a bad basketball team.
  2. The Celtics did not fall victim to the curse of the SEGABABA. But, their starters didn’t really play enough minutes to have this actually be a SEGABABA.
  3. The Toronto Raptors are a really bad basketball team.
  • Rav

    Being a bit unfair to Wilcox. 5 boards in 15 minutes is equivalent to 12 in 36 minutes (Dwight Howard has 12.9 per 36)

    Unless "only 5 boards" is referring to the fact that he didn't score any points, have any blocks etc. In which case, apologies.

    • But you would expect D12 to have more than 12.9 rebounds in 36 minutes against the Raptors… if you're going to compare apples to apples

    • CG12

      I'm sure he means "nothing other than 5 boards," which I would say is just fine for Wilcox. We need him to defend and rebound. Any offense is gravy. Wilcox will get his offense from transition and garbage buckets around the hoop. He doesn't really have a low-post game.

  • The Celtics won every quarter.

  • Batman

    Steamer was fun while he lasted but hes not very good
    Hes terrible at Defense other than his blocks
    Hopefully hes buried behind Wilcox

    • CG12

      Unfortunately, I'm going to have to agree. He can block shots from the weak side, but that's it. Interestingly, I think his offense could be better than I'd imagined. He has a nice touch on his shot and he has made a couple of nice passes the last few games. In his defense, Leandro Barbosa is really, really fast.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Just glad to see them destroy this team when that is what should happen. KG should have plenty in the gastank for NYK on Friday.

  • Tommy

    What does SEGABABA stand for? I assume it refers to the second game of a back to back but cant figure out the acronym.

    • Exactly that. SEcond GAme of a BAck to BAck. I think Hayes created it last season, and it kind of stuck.

  • Anthony

    Cant wait to see the highlights gallery… especially the JJJ plays. Want to see if he's ready for more minutes. Glad to see Etwaun playing more minutes and playing well.

    Is it time to be optimistic yet?
    -Pierce rounding into form
    -KG playing with more umph
    -Ray with his masterful stroke
    -Bass being Big Baby times 100
    -Pietrus playing well and fitting in with team
    -Wilcox seem to be getting into shape as well

    Bonus optimism:
    -Miami with complete squad had 18pt lead and trailed by as much as 16pt before losing by 8 to Milwaukee.
    -Chicago without Loul Deng trailed by as much as 20pt and get blown out by 16pt by a very good Philly team.
    -These 2 teams are supposed to be head and shoulders above everyone else in the East and the entire league but certainly look very beatable. Just saying.

    • sonofauerbach

      Agreed bra…..good records and all chicago has the wackest lineup ever and they show every once and awhile how bad they really are. I mean seriously boozer? noah? deng? their legit ballers??? give rose some actual players and he'll get a ring. As for miami good defense stops good offense….celtics more tenacious and deeper by far than last year, heart and soul carries you a long way in the playoffs

  • Vic

    Is there a way to look at the past games' report cards? I can't find them.

  • Yeah

    SEcond GAme of a BAck to BAck.

  • skeeds

    See that's what we're supposed to do against bad teams, have KG dancing with Gino all 4th quarter. Not struggle to win by 2.

    Off topic, but did anyone watch that Bulls vs 76ers game? That Iguadala is playing like a God right now… Shame he'll be robbed of an allstar spot again…

    Ainge, get that guy in green!

  • sonofauerbach

    no….i hate iguodala. he shows signs of life like a streeky street baller, but he's not a consistent threat

  • CG12

    I have to confess I'm getting a little excited about this team. Their biggest issue now is consistency. But they have shown that they have it in them to go on dominant runs, which is a major distinguishing feature of most elite teams. If they were consistently mediocre, it would not indicate any real chance that they could step up their game to elite status. And even though CHub is awfully tough on him, I'm growing unreasonably fond of Avery Bradley.

  • I really appreciate your performance…..Go go go guys.,I hope you maintain it until final so that you can add more banners.