Mar 1, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) shoots the ball against Boston Celtics power forward Jeff Green (8) and power forward Kevin Garnett (5) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Come Alive In 4th Quarter, Win 94-86 Over Golden State Warriors

The Boston Celtics start the month of March on the right track as they defeat the Golden State Warriors 94-86. Boston played great team defense throughout tonight’s game, and limited Stephen Curry’s chances of getting an open shot. For the Celtics this was a great team win from top to bottom. Everyone who played contributed, whether it was on defense or offense and even players like Jordan Crawford had a hand in helping Boston get the win tonight. Moving forward, this is something the team can build off of and maybe tackle every opponent in the same way as they did against the Warriors.

Golden State had no answer for Boston’s pick and roll offense. Chris Wilcox, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce got to the basket with little to no resistance, and with the Warriors lack of shot blocking at the center position, it was easy for smaller players to get to the rim. Because the Warriors don’t have much height and the Celtics spread the floor so well, Pierce was making some impressive moves to the hoop and finishing with the and-1 on a few occasions.

If it wasn’t for Jeff Green tonight, the Warriors could have stolen tonight’s game away from the Celtics. Green, who finished with 18 points, 10 in the fourth quarter alone, made some very difficult shots to beat the twenty-four second shot clock, and when he was aggressive no one was going to stop him when he got into the paint. When he gets in a rhythm and is in the shoot first, pass second mentality, he plays with more confidence and usually makes more shots. That’s exactly what we saw from him tonight, and after taking some hard hits, he deserves a few days of rest as the Celtics prepare to take on the Philadelphia 76ers next Tuesday.

The real key to the Celtics victory tonight was the defense they played on Stephen Curry. Avery Bradley locked him down, forcing him to pass instead of taking and making shots. When Bradley got into foul trouble, other players stepped up and kept him at bay for most of the night. Curry did finish with 25 points, but 10 of those were from the free throw line. Boston forced the Warriors to have other players try beating the Celtics, but with most of their points coming from Curry, they had no answer for Boston’s evenly distributed offense.

The Celtics now get a four day break before they take on the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers on Tuesday and Wednesday night. After tonight, Boston deserves the time off and this will also give the team time to practice to get Jordan Crawford and Terrence Williams acclimated into the system. Tonight was a great team victory, and if they can play like they did against the Warriors for the rest of the season, they’ll start accumulating wins and possibly get a higher seed for the playoffs.

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  • miketuck

    Celtic Fans, they pull out another one by their teeth, and continue to put on a great show. But Garnett and Pierce have seen their days as starters and that is not a insult. Ainge has to look towards a fast turnaround. Today I also watched the end to the Gonzaga Bulldogs season that might of put them at #1 in the nation. Harris has been key to their run, but as far as the Celtics should be concerned Olynyk is their highest priority this offseason. Olyny ended his Junior season with 17.7 points averaged, 7 rebounds,1.23 blocks, .73 steals, with percentages as follows. .660 shooting, .391 3′s, and .803. A 7 footer that wieghs 238 at center, can outlet like no other with acurasy ( a point guard until college where he sprouted), he redshirted his sophmore year to focus on his growing heighth by hitting the weight room and cordinating himself. Now he runs the floor like a SF, has lowpost moves, is not afraid of mixing it up, and can hit the jumper to the 3 pt. Boston can not pass on this guy. If the C’s could draft Olynyk, with Sullinger, Green, Lee, Bradley, a returning Rondo, Wilcox and whoever they can fit in with free agency, I don’t see the Celtics dropping off from this season but moving up the East quickley. They’ve been getting beat for 3 years at the boards, but have shown with the youth on the floor they can get it done. Add a Center that can outlet and run the floor and you have a compliment to a team ready to expload. If only Pierce can hang around to play 6th man with that killer instinct, we have a future.