CELTICS 105 PISTONS 100
It surely wasn’t the most exciting game to watch, but in the end the C’s came out on top. The crowd at the Palace was very quiet, the game was very slow paced, players on opposing teams weren’t getting into it- there really wasn’t much to get up for. I guess another reason for the boring nature of the game was the amount of free throws taken. By games end, 61 free throws had been taken combined. That is like numbers we saw in the preseason when the D-league refs were in there calling but a mere tap on the shoulder a personal foul. This chopped the game up, and really dragged things out.
Without Perkins making the trip, Sheed had to make the start and Shelden got good backup minutes. For what seems like ever, we have been the leaders of playing Shelden, and sitting Sheed. Well, Sheed didn’t sit, but Williams got his fair share. While he was in the game he put in 6 points on only 4 shots, and brought down 4 boards, 2 of which were of the offensive variety. This is what we like about him. He is a player who will hustle and grab those rebounds, while Sheed stands at the three point line letting everyone else bang bodies. I have said it, and I’ll say it again- I would much rather watch Shelden be confused with the Celtics sets, but busting his butt, than I would Sheed knowing what is going on, and playing like he is playing against his 10 year old son.
Neither team really showed an intensity, or drive to win this game. In the end the better team won, and not necessarily the team who wanted it the most. Some things to think about is that Perk wasn’t playing, and Pierce was noticeably still very rusty. Maybe he is still dinged up… No.. He is definitely still dinged up, but trying to play through it. The C’s come right home to play the Charlotte Bobcats at the TD Garden tonight.
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