CELTICS 96 76ERS 86
In classic Celtics fashion, the C’s got it done on the defensive end of the court tonight. The 76ers have played us well this year, and have even taken a game from us at the Garden. Many people like to say the Celtics cant play well against the athletic teams. They took one step in dispelling that myth tonight.
In probably the quietest, most boring game I have seen in quite a while, Boston had to find a way to manage some kind of desire to play. What bothered me was how it didn’t even feel like a basketball game. It was like the Phili crowd knew to keep quiet, and maybe it would lull the Celtics to sleep. It worked from time to time, but in the end our newly focused group came to shine.
Kevin Garnett was the star of the night. His game is really starting to pick up as of late. He isn’t throwing the ball down with authority, or getting 2 alley oops a game. No, it was a very quiet 22 points, but 22 points nonetheless. It was very efficient on 8-11 shooting, so he wasn’t forcing anything ugly.
Unfortunately, there really isn’t too much to write about this game. The game just kind of dragged on, with no emotion, and no real reason to get excited. In the end, the Celtics won, and the Lakers lost (were creamed) by the Bobcats, so I can sleep a happy man tonight. The favorable schedule continues Sunday as the Celtics will be at home to play the Washington Wizards in an 8 PM start on ESPN. It is a great lull in the schedule as the C’s can use this as their chance to regroup and rally the troops, and its worked so far.