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The Celtics Played Today? Celtics 98, Grizzlies 80

Memphis Grizzlies 80 Final
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98 Boston Celtics
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Kevin Garnett, PF 33 MIN | 9-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 24 PTS | +12
Garnett had a throwback game tonight. He mixed it up by going hard to the basket, spotting up, and sprinkling in some nice turn-arounds in the post. Today was also his third consecutive game with a three. KG was so close to an A+ but he was one mistimed jump away from a double-double so I had to keep it an A.

Paul Pierce, SF 31 MIN | 5-12 FG | 10-10 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 21 PTS | +28
Don’t get me wrong, Pierce had a great game. Still, we all know he can shoot better than 5-for-12.

Jermaine O’Neal, C 26 MIN | 2-5 FG | 7 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +10
JO’s contributions didn’t show up on the stat sheet but he was diving all over the place for loose balls and really gave the C’s everything he had today.

Ray Allen, SG 29 MIN | 4-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +2
Ray was chuckin’ today and the shots were just not falling for him. Like all good shooters, Allen kept shooting and knocked down some huge treys in the second half to really stretch the C’s lead.

Rajon Rondo, PG 35 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 14 AST | 5 PTS | +11
I think it’s safe to say Rondo is back. He was instrumental in pushing the pace and finished with a customary 14 dimes. That’s almost enough for my T ride home.

Chris Wilcox, PF 12 MIN | 5-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 12 PTS | +9
If Wilcox can consistently play like he did today, even without the scoring, he’ll have a permanent spot in the rotation. Wilcox was incredibly active on both ends of the floor and looks to have his legs under him. The C’s haven’t had a big man this active since Leon Powe.

Sasha Pavlovic, SF 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2
Spelled Pierce for some minutes…

Mickael Pietrus, SF 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +18
It’s weird to see that Pietrus only made two threes. Every time he shoots the ball it’s almost as if the momentum dramatically shifts in the C’s favor. It seemed like he had ten big deep-balls today.
Greg Stiemsma, C 4 MIN | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -3
When Stiemsma’s in the game lately, it means good things are happening to the C’s!
JaJuan Johnson, F 22 MIN | 5-8 FG | 4 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +8
Triple J better be in the rotation now. He’s played so well in the C’s last two games, I would like to see KG get some days off on SEGABABAs and Johnson get some real burn.
E’Twaun Moore, G 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -3
One nice jumper and one shot clock violation. What happens to Moore when Dooling gets healthy?
Avery Bradley, SG 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | 0
Could have been better, could have been worse.

Five Things We Saw

  1. The C’s continue to get contributions from everyone. It doesn’t matter who they play or who their opponents are. Let’s see how long the good times roll.
  2. The small ball lineup with Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley, Kevin Garnett, and another big did not work. I’m interested to see how any lineup with AB and Rondo works.
  3. Marc Gasol had a ROUGH game which played into the Celtics’ dominance. 3/14 with 6 boards ain’t going to cut it when you’re a) one of your team’s best players and b) your team’s only low post option.
  4. There was a very interesting dichotomy in the way the Celtics’ and Grizzlies played in the second half. When the C’s bench came in, there was great ball movement and lots of open shots. The Grizz on the other hand, had a lot of on-on-one or one-pass-and-shoot isolation plays.
  5. Chris Wilcox reprised his roll as the Celtics’ “Anderson Varejao” only adding in the “right-place-right-time” scoring today. With Brandon Bass out, the bench scoring had to come from somewhere and Wilcox was happy to oblige.
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  • LACelticsFan

    hahaha On the other Celtic blog I follow guys are on Rondo for only having 5 pts to go with his 14 assists. i mean they are begging like why cant he just get 15ppg. And they are discounting the official scorer that credited him with 14 assists. I am laughing because maybe they didn't see Rondo just come back from a wrist injury!!!!! The guy is a passing PG, its what he does, period. He sets up the 3 HOF scorers we have, and everyone else.

    • this is the only Celtic blog worth following dude!

      • LACelticsFan

        This is a cool site dont get me wrong but with someone always suggesting we go and get that bust of a player THABEET, lol I love to see what other people were thinking. It wasn't much better.

  • W2.

    I wanted to watch some TA. But I will take the win. Rondo played much better today than Friday night. I had his foot on the gas all day.

  • W2.

    Er….he had his foot on the gas. What I said would just be weird.

  • skeeds

    I think it's long overdue that we give props to JO. He hasn't underperformed against any good center. He' smart, makes great decisions, seems to dedicate some time to study his opponents. He gave Marc Gasol a very hard time tonight, kept him out of it for the most part.

    Also, I know KG can't put up 25-10 more than once or twice a month nowadays, but I don't care. When he does, it's still a thing of beauty.

  • How about Brent Barry on NBA TV casually mentioning that the Celtics are a "defensive juggernaut." It has been a while since I've heard that from the so-called experts. Made me happy.

    • CG12

      Definitely true, though. This Cs team is a defensive powerhouse. And their best defensive lineups feature several reserves. A Bradley-Pietrus-Pavlovic-KG-JO lineup would be absolutely dominant. Those guys can flat out D up. I was not digging Sasha last year and very early this year, but he really opened my eyes with a few performances before he got buried and has kept it rolling now that he has re-emerged. He can play some serious D.

  • Jivansky

    We're on a roll C's! I love how they are playing good basketball right now.
    Let's do win it again next game!