CELTICS 109 – WARRIORS 95
On a night, during a game, where there wasn’t much meaning, the Celtics pulled away in the 3rd quarter from their lesser counter parts. The C’s don’t really have any reason to bring any extra drive, or extra reason to go out and dominate when playing Golden State. They are simply a subpar team from the Western Conference, who we have 2 games a year against. That was the vibe behind this entire game.
I personally expected us to come out and blow them away. I thought the disappointing 2 losses in a row, followed by 3 days rest wrote bad news for the incoming Warriors. The game started instead, with a mirror image to the way the Celtics played in Indiana and against the Hawks. Golden State is a team who is much smaller than us. When the Warriors best threat to grab a board is Mikki Moore, we can not be getting out rebounded 20-12.
The game changed in the second half, much because of the toughness of Rajon Rondo. He decided to lift the teams intensity with his quickness and ability to drive to the basket. The game changing play of the night had to be when Rondo drove and got an “and 1″ to which he completed making his first free throw in the last 10 attempts. After that play, the floor began to open as the defense was forced to respect his ability to get to the bucket. When Rondo does this, he has the vision to get around the basket and kick the ball out to an open player. This was exactly what the doctor ordered as the Celtics kick started their 3p shooting back up to a more respectable level – more where they should be at 42% (8-19). Rondo finished the game with 12 Assists and 18 Points.
In the end, a win is a win. It may not come pretty, but I think we can all feel atleast a little (no matter how little it is) more comfortable going into the blockbuster matchup on Friday night against the Orlando Magic at home. The Celtics at 9-3 will look to knock down the 10-3 Magic in a rematch of last years 7 game Round 2 playoff matchup.
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