Jared Sullinger showed no signs of letting down after a career performance on Wednesday against the Suns. He followed up that 12 point, 16 rebound performance with a 14 point, 11 rebound night. There were several moments where Sully found himself amongst four red jerseys and he still came up with the ball. Watching this impressive start to this young guy’s career is really awesome.
The Celtics defense to start the fourth quarter was scary-bad. The C’s came out for the third quarter up 78-66 and proceeded to play 5 straight minutes of uninspired basketball. It was painful to watch as the 12 point lead dwindled to two with nearly half the quarter gone. Houston began getting buckets in transition and hitting wide open threes. Things looked bleak for the C’s until they responded and put the Rockets away for good. It was really nice to see the C’s come back and bring energy late in the fourth.
Aside from letting up in the second half of the third quarter, Houston also shot themselves in the foot tonight by not making their free throws. The Rockets shot 12-29 from the charity stripe, which failed to stifle any Celtics run.
Houston was CHUCKING tonight. They attempted 33 three pointers. To put that in perspective, the Knicks average 29 three point attempts per game. It’s a good thing that they only made 9 of them.
The Celtics did a really nice job of forcing Jeremy Lin and James Harden into taking some tough shots. Sure there were times when the defense got their wires crossed and Harden and Lin made the C’s pay. But overall, the C’s wings did a solid job pressuring Houston’s dynamic backcourt.