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The Truth Delivers: Celtics 102, Bobcats 95

 
Boston Celtics 102 Final

Recap | Box Score

95 Charlotte Bobcats
Paul Pierce, SF 38 MIN | 10-20 FG | 15-18 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 36 PTS | +18
Nights like this make you think Pierce still has value as a top-5 small forward in this league. Not only did he carry the offense with a season high 20 free throw attempts and points, he brought his rebounding hard hat with 10 boards for good measure, as the C’s had one of their rare plus rebounding nights. Watching him toy with Corey Maggette was a treat as well, but this is why the C’s won’t be an easy out in the playoffs if the captain can still produce like it’s 2005 on any given night.
Brandon Bass, PF 40 MIN | 4-9 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +11
Classic consistency from Sea-Bass in this one. A couple jumpers, offensive rebounds and defensive brainfarts. All in all, C’s will take it when they continue to overwork the game with such a shorthanded front line. Did a tremendous job down the stretch fighting hard on the glass.
Kevin Garnett, PF 33 MIN | 10-20 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 24 PTS | -10
Didn’t have to do much rebounding, but he had his way on the offensive end, working the two-man game with Pierce with precision. His outside game setup up a couple nice upfakes and drives, including an old-man blow-by of B.J. Mullens in the third quarter.
Rajon Rondo, PG 40 MIN | 1-7 FG | 5-8 FT | 6 REB | 13 AST | 7 PTS | +21
The shooting hesitation trend has continued a little longer, but Rondo had a solid command of this contest tonight, with no foolish turnovers and another double-digit assist outing. The plus/minus tells the story here.
Avery Bradley, SG 40 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +1
The second-year sparkplug followed up his career night with another incredibly positive offensive performance. Was the victim of foul trouble for a lot of the second half, but some incredibly strong takes and clever cutting led to another double-digit outing. The confidence here continues to grow.
Keyon Dooling, PG 16 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -8
Hit a three, otherwise a forgettable outing. Team needs more out of him on nights like this against inferior opponents.
Marquis Daniels, SG 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6
May have fallen out of the rotation again with three lackluster minutes and a foolish turnover on an inbounds play.
Ryan Hollins, C 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | 0
A pretty alley-oop on the break from Rondo made his three minutes of action worth it.
Sasha Pavlovic, SF 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5
Didn’t do anything to take advantage of Daniels’ minutes once Doc went to him in the second half. With Pietrus out indefinitely, he or Marquis is going to have to show something to help keep the captain’s minutes down.
Greg Stiemsma, C 19 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | +13
Have to admire how this guy is gutting it out on a bad foot. Continues to hit the glass hard and get no respect from the officials, including a laughable technical foul after he was taunted by Derrick Brown. Filling up the box score in all categories and remains as the one consistent contributor coming off this bench at the moment.

Three Things We Saw

  1. 80 combined free throws from both teams turned this game into a contest at a snail’s pace. C’s hit a season-high in free throw attempts with 45, not settling for jumpers they are accustomed to.
  2. C’s improve to 2-8 on the second half of back-to-back’s. No one should be complaining about this win without Pietrus and Ray. It wasn’t pretty for most of the final three quarters, but these guys got the job done.
  3. 59 bench points from Charlotte, and Derrick Brown has made 14 of 16 field goal attempts against the C’s this season.
  • Batman

    Sea Bass! Hahahah!
    And Pierce definitely has top 5 SF value

    • janos

      Hi batman
      are you excite on big win? it was nice game watch.

  • Anthony

    The Celts are actually 7-7 on the SEGABABA.

    I feel bad for Stiemsma also. The guy really does play hard but the ref just don't like him.

    • Anthony

      I meant 7-8 on SEGABABA.

  • ripsonics

    WORD.

    And to think… a few weeks ago the stiemenator wasn't an 'nba player'

    Other than rondo's assist numbers he continues to really not impress me.

    GOOD WIN. LOVE PP AND KG FOR LIFE

    GO C's

    • CG12

      I was curious about the Stiemsma tech, as I didn't watch the game. Greg has started to have a word with the refs on occasion, but it is hard to imagine him getting a Rasheed Wallace grade T. If he can get just a little love from the refs, it would make a big difference. He gets good blocks or dudes throw themselves into him and he will always get the foul. Welcome to the NBA, rook.

      • The Cardinal

        It was hard to tell, but from what I saw, Greg blocked Brown's shot on the drive, and the ref called a very questionable foul. I'm not sure what Greg said, but the look on his face was one of frustration. In virtually every game, he somehow gets one or two questionable foul calls because it seems the refs are having a hard time believing some of his blocks are legit, which they usually are

  • ripsonics

    NOT to mention that this team is now 12-5 since the all-star break..

    wassssup

    lets go

    yeah baby

  • Anthony

    This is off topic but WTF is the NBA doing? How does Rondo get 2 game suspension and Noah gets nothing for tossing the bal at the ref? And Noah pass was even worse!! Noah was called for a foul while Rondo got trampled by Greg Monroe!!

    Celticshub… Where can we complain about this utter piece of crap we call the NBA?

    • Rob

      NBA will refuse to punish Noah while D. Rose is out with injury. It's a sad fact, but that is the way that the league has come to function.

    • Nate

      I was wondering the exact same thing…. Must be nice to play in such a larger market. Every extra advantage is given to you by the NBA.

      • noche

        Not that much larger of a market when you consider New England has 14 Million people and the C's are the only team around (excluding those people from CT who think they are from NYC). Chicago is 2 Million? Illinois is 12 Million?

  • I_Love_Green

    I honestly don't understand how a guy like Steimsma can get so much hate from the refs. Its incredible.

    • Luke Walker

      I was wondering if anyone was going to say something, glad multiple people are speaking up… seriously what is the deal with the refs singling out Steamer? Anytime he comes near someone he gets a foul and that tech? What in the heck was that about?!

  • Mark

    Clearly Brian is being kind to Bradley. His defense was subpar at best. Enough that his grade should be C to C minus.

  • lakershater13

    It was a W. Not pretty but the Cs are in the final 17 games of the season now so we will happily take the W as fans.

    I think Steamer needs to score a basket and then pull a Pierce celebration arm swing into the refs face. Just sayin…

  • felix

    the celtics should have lost. thank god the bobcats have corey maggette!
    as for bass and stiemsma, their baseline defense is just horrible!

  • LStrike

    I don't understand how Bradley was a victim of foul trouble if he played 40 minutes… Was Doc expecting to play him the full 48 or something?

    • Handsome

      His minutes weren't really reduced but he couldn't be his usual rabid-wildcat self while playing on-ball defense. He instead was forced to be a bit more passive.

  • CelticsBIG3

    You like that Stiemsma isn't backing down from guys now, but having no reputation at this point doesn't bode well for the type of reputation he could accidently develop.

  • CelticsBIG3

    Nice to see Miami struggling lately with a date with them set for Sunday.

  • High Rollers

    Looks like MP probably won't be back for that Miami contest, from the sound of things. Dude's still having "symptoms." Hoping they're not too serious and the contagious smiler can get back soon. Meanwhile, Honey Badger (hoops version) will have to continue stepping it up a notch. As well as the Captain. And Rondo. And everybody. Make it as good a situation as possible for Air Guadeloupe to jump back into. Or else risk another well deserved half-time tongue lashing by this year's arbiter of toughness. Please come back soon, Piet!

  • High Rollers

    If +21 tells the tale, then why did Rondo only get a B? You must be really worried about his lack of scoring. But you know Rondo's tendencies. Just as you start to freak out about it, he'll turn in a 20/10/7 or something similar… or better. He should at least get a B+ this go around though.

  • Sethesq

    It's not just that Rondo didn't score, it's that he shot a putrid 1 for 7 from the field. That's not going to cut it regardless of how many assists he dishes out…

    And 2-8 is in fact our record in SEGABABA's on the ROAD. Our overall record on SEGABABA's is 7-8 (inexplicably, we're 5-0 when playing at home those games!)

    Paul was in beast mode last night. Good to see. We need him at the line as much as possible.

    Time to dig in. The home stretch is a tough one…

    • High Rollers

      Rondo and PP are such interesting counterparts. The two guys with the most explicit control (or lack thereof) of Celtic games night in, night out. (KG is the Man, but in this glue-gun scenario, he's the glue while RR/PP are the proverbial guns, more directly accounting for the bulk of the C's offensive output.) Early in the season they seem to literally be taking turns showing up, and when one ran out of juice, the other would have great trouble turning it on. Right now they're somewhat better at staying involved in other ways, staying clued in even if they're not putting up the points themselves. At some point Paul's jumper is going to look less chuckish and Rondo will recognize that being a foot from the basket, he should probably give the layup a go. They may not have the most complementary of games, PP and RR, but they definitely have equally high hoops I.Q.s, not to mention almost five years playing together behind them. Something to make the likes of Linsanity and 'Melo think long and hard, that's for sure.

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