The final score of this game makes it seem closer than it actually was. The Celtics were flat out awful tonight in many facets of the game and were down by as many as 21 points. The boiling point of the game was in the second quarter where Rajon Rondo lost his temper after a Kris Humphries foul on Kevin Garnett and intentionally shoved Kris Humphries back into the stands.
We can expect to see a suspension coming within the next 24-48 hours for the Celtics star point guard as he initiated an incident that got three technical fouls issued between Humphries, Gerald Wallace, and Kevin Garnett and those techs led to the ejections of Wallace and Humphries as well as Rondo.
This wasn’t a particularly good night for either side as the Nets only shot 40% from the field and the C’s only shot 42%. Kevin Garnett led the team in scoring with 16 points and also had 10 rebounds to go with those points. He went 7-13 from the field and went 2-2 from the free throw line.
The Celtics lost the rebounding battle which is becoming more important than ever before since the Celtics have shown very little tenacity on the defensive end. The Nets outrebounded the Celtics 50-40 and allowed the Nets to corral 17 rebounds on the offensive end. Andray Blatche even had 10 rebounds through one and a half quarters.
This game could prove to be huge immediately and in the future. The Celtics are probably going to lose the services of Rajon Rondo in the short term for an unforeseen amount of time. His temper has gotten the best of him too often in his career and that’s something that the Celtics need to manage. Having one of the best point guards in the NBA isn’t going to matter if he can’t stay in the game because of his temper.
The Cetlics are now fourth in the Atlantic division after another slow start sitting at 8-7. The Knicks and the Nets are each 10-3 with the Celtics sitting two and a half games back. Of course, its still very early in the season and the Celtics could catch them still but in the case of a tie breaker one or two games in within a division can make a huge difference in seeding.
With Rondo’s expulsion from the game today his double double streak will end at 37 tying John Stockton once again and falling 10 short of Magic Johnson’s streak of 47. The Celtics will look to rebound next on Friday when they play against the Portland Trail Blazers.