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Orlando Should Be Embarrassed

RedsArmyAdmin March 8, 2009 Uncategorized 15 Comments

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The Celtics came in without arguably their two most important players in Rondo and KG.  The Celtics were held to their lowest first half point total of the season.  To top it all off… the C's lost Glen Davis to a sprained ankle in the 3rd quarter.

And despite all that… and all the reasons to quit… The Celtics cut a 22 point lead down to 3 before a questionable call gave Orlando 2 freebies and a 5 p0int lead with 23 seconds left.  That was just too much… and Orlando was able to pull away for an 86-79 win.

Box Score

Orlando should have blow the Celtics out.  In fact, I wish they would have… this way Ray and Paul wouldn't have played 45 minutes apiece.

This game shows how valuable Rajon Rondo is to the Celtics.  It has an effect on everyone else on the team.  For example, early in the first quarter, the Celtics ran a play they run a million times… Ray down the baseline off a staggered double screen.  If the guy chases Ray under it, he curls and goes to the hoop.  If the guy gets caught up and goes over the screen, Ray goes to the corner for 3.  Rondo gets him the ball every time on that… but Stephon Marbury held it.

That's no knock on Steph.  It's a play only a PG in tune with the Celtics offense can make.  The Celtics were just completely disjointed  in the first half.  They got more aggressive in the second half and they made their run.

By the way, did Marbury even play in the second half?

And just to show how important the little things are.  The Celtics were below 50% from the FT line for a while there.  If they'd hit their free throws early, then we might have been slightly ahead down the stretch, rather than slightly behind.  Forget the turnovers… which came mostly as a result of dealing with new players.  Free throws are all in your control.  It didn't look like it mattered early… but now we know it could have made a huge difference.

Congrats to Paul Pierce, who passed Robert Parish to become the Celtics 3rd all time leading scorer.

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  • Danno

    you guys should be embarrass for saying orlando should be embarrass…
    yaya – March 8, 2009 at 5:34 pm
    You should be embarrassed for not knowing how to write.

  • thetitleisours

    I think he should have given Gabe a bigger shot too to see which Pruitt would show up. Had two rebounds right away and then was pulled. I think Walker and Giddens will play only when everyone is injured. Wonder what the league exceptions to the roster when injuries become dominant

  • http://www.buymicrosoftpoints.com/index.html Alex

    Celtics really did deserve to win this game after what they have done in the second half.
    The fact that we have 5 great players in the injury list and managed to diminish the 20+ point lead of the Magic shows how great we are and how we should have won this game.
    I really hope that once the Playoffs are about to start, all our players are healthy…
    Right now, I feel as if the Celtics are in crutches right now. (lol)

  • Greenmonsterballs

    Yeah damn refs

  • Lakeshowlosers

    Maybe I shouldn’t have thrown that party when Bynum went down

  • Nora

    Does any other team besides the Celtics not get home court advantage. I guess when you win the championship you need to beat the other team AND the refs.

  • AINGELIVES

    Orlando is a pretender and I for one thought this team was one of the top 5 teams I was wrong no threat to anybody.

  • OCLakers

    St Peter to Meet Holy Cross in Washington

  • bigbad&green

    We almost won is my favorite reason next to the refs

  • yaya

    you guys should be embarrass for saying orlando should be embarrass…

  • flakertrollsmasha

    Why do you flaker fans come to this site to gloat after every celtics loss. Its pathetic. No matter how much shit you talk after winning 2 regular season games it still doesnt make up for that whoopin we gave you in the finals last year. I felt sorry for laker fans after that loss and wasnt going to say anything, but all you laker trolls, coming to celtics blogs and talking shit when we’re down, you are the most pathetic fans in the world. YOU SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED!

  • bigblue

    You guys are a hoot! Whaaaa… the refs don’t like us… Whaaaaa… everybody on our team is hurt… whaaaaaa. You know were you can shove that cloverleaf?

  • Nora

    When your team loses 5 or so players to injury then you can tell us how to act until then YOU should shut up.

  • Jason

    Celtics fans are such f-in whiners! Stop giving excuses and blowing each other’s d-ck. “Oh it’s the refs fault! Oh it’s the injuries!” Shut the f- up! Ya’ll should listen to yourselves. it’s f-in ridiculous..

  • Mamba818

    why do you guys blame every single game on the refs….
    i thought that “champs” win with bad reffing i thought that “champs” can pull through injuries i thought “champs” can win on any condition…
    dont make excuses and admit that a loss is a loss