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T-Mobile Recap: That’s a beatdown

Chuck - Red's Army March 15, 2010 Uncategorized 19 Comments

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The Celtics annihilated the Pistons 119-93 tonight at the Garden. They clearly were pissed off with what transpired in Cleveland Sunday and took their frustrations out on the lowly, undermanned Pistons.

The Truth set the tone early. 12 first quarter points on 3-5 FG, 5-5 FTs. He was the definition of aggressive. Rajon Rondo had 3 steals, while Perk and KG (4 rebounds each) controlled the boards. Glen Davis chipped in 5 points. After the dust settled, the Celtics led 31-15. It may have been the perfect quarter of basketball.

The second unit continued the stellar play. Michael Finley had the stroke (8 points). Marquis Daniels with the solid all-around effort – 5 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists. The Celtics had 15 assists and one turnover in the first half. The score: 64-35 at the break.

The Cs got sloppy in the 3rd. The Pistons put up 35 points in the quarter and sliced the 31 points lead to 19. For a millisecond I thought to myself – this can't happen, can it?

The second unit rattled off a 13-2 run (Finley had 7 points) to put the Pistons out of their misery. The Celtics shot 13-for-15 in the final quarter. The exclamation point came when Nate Robinson threw down a dunk off a Tony Allen off-the-backboard pass.

Some numbers of note:

Pierce finished with 15 points in 17 minutes. Finley was a bit more efficient – 15 points in 14 minutes. The bench tallied 61 points. The Celtics shot 62%.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5ebb21970c JD

    We beat a crappy team with major injury issues. Whoop-dee-doo. But a win is a win I guess… I’m just craving one against an elite team.

  • http://rangerbobfriends.blogspot.com/ Count Istvan

    Anytime you beat any NBA by 90 that’s a good thing.

  • jared

    ball movement and defensive effort…regardless of the opponent, these are serious positives that MUST be built upon and reinforced going forward. These games are important though…for the fans, imo, as much as the team. These guys need us on thier side, and we will be, but they must not take us for granted. Efforts like these help a lot in that regard.

  • nick

    I’m happy Doc finally called out Queez ND THAT Queez responded. The guy is too good and way too important to this team to play like Scalabrine. The guy could start for alot of teams and like Doc said he’s only playing 20 minutes a night so he can’t ease his way into games. Enter game..Shoot ball, harass other teams best perimeter player. Thats what the guy needs to bring every night, thus far he hasn’t..whether or not he begins to regularly will go a long way to helping us win 18..whether people realize that or not it is very true..nobody knows more about the Celtics then me I haven’t missed a game since 1996

  • PxFunk

    That was fun to watch, even if it was against a terrible team…
    Nick…your a douche. And I even agreed with you about Matt Barnes, but seriously man, “nobody knows more about the Celtics then me I haven’t missed a game since 1996″ comments like this make you seem like a moron.

  • DRJ

    Just wanna say that I hate that total JERK of ref who T’d up both Perk — for NOTHING, just walking and maybe saying a word or two, AND NATE, for “hanging on the rim” — which he did for a less-than-average ONE SECOND.
    Man, there really need to be some fines applied TO THE REFS when they call techs for no reason. SOME consequence, at least.
    Hope the Cs appeal and win, both.

  • KGHaTTR

    You’re a legend – in your own mind

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5ebb21970c JD

    congrats, you know that one of our best bench players needs to contribute on a consistent basis, you know waaayyy more about basketball than anyone i know…. dumbass

  • AMP

    If they played with that ball movement and defense against any team, they would win. The question is, can they play that way the whole way? Tonight, they didn’t need to, and the bench just had some fun. I sure liked Finley though. He seemed impossible to defend. Hopefully, that is true. Tonight, he seemed more promising than PJ.

  • AMP

    I think it will be rescinded. So stupid…

  • AMP

    Ummm…since 96…I like this post, bud, but most of us have been watching since far before 96. By the way, move past the past.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p011570423591970b KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Thanks again RedsArmy for the game tonight. Are these guys Jekyll and Hyde or what? Very confident in Finley-I know he dropped 15 against not exactly a great team, but he looks solid. I have no complaints tonight, except for Perk getting a tech when we are up almost 30. I thought earlier in the year he had started to chill a bit, but apparently not. It’s good that he gets fired up, but he has to know when to just walk away. Was also very encouraging to see P-Dub attacking the rim early on-when he is doing that, our offense on the 1st unit really clicks. Opens things up for everyone. Long night and I’m beat. Look forward to the 1st St.Paddy’s day game at the Garden in a long time on Wednesday…

  • Sal

    I am sick and tired of the lackadaisical effort out there. Are they EVER going to play with any sense of urgency? Can’t they just get a big lead one time and hold it? I don’t know what the hell-
    Sorry, I was on autopilot there for a second. Nice to see that they still have the ability to just go out there and step on a team’s throat.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jgruber2089 Jake

    Thanks again Redsarmy for the tickets, I had a great time watching that blowout win at the Garden. I absolutely love the way that Finley is fitting in with this team. At first I was slightly worried that trading Eddie for Nate would be trouble, considering one of the Celtics’ major weaknesses all year has been shooting the 3, but now I am very happy with the deal because of Finley. I think to have a veteran who can come in and stretch the floor like that AS WELL as Nate’s energy is a luxury.
    My only concern is who is going to play in the playoffs. The roster simply needs to be shortened by that time. I know it is early, but it’s something to think about. Guys need to have defined roles by then, and they need to know who is going to play that night. Though I have continuously said on WEEI that we needed to get off of Sheeds’ back and that he would eventually make shots, he has proved me wrong. He doesn’t play with enough energy, in my opinion, to be deserving big minutes in the playoffs. I feel like the only reason they continue to play him so much is because they spent all of that money on him. I’m thinking a playoff rotation as follows would be good
    Most minutes go to top 8:
    1. Rondo
    2. R Allen
    3. Pierce
    4.Perkins
    5. Garnett
    6.Finley
    7. Davis
    8.Robinson
    Spot Minutes:
    9. Rasheed Wallace
    10. Marquis Daniels
    Again, this is not to say that Sheed and Daniels wouldn’t play. They clearly need more height (Sheed) and a backup for Pierce (Daniels) so they would play. I just don’t think they deserve to be playing the minutes they have been, come playoff time when the rotation needs to be shortened.
    Thoughts?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jgruber2089 Jake

    Thanks again Redsarmy for the tickets, I had a great time watching that blowout win at the Garden. I absolutely love the way that Finley is fitting in with this team. At first I was slightly worried that trading Eddie for Nate would be trouble, considering one of the Celtics’ major weaknesses all year has been shooting the 3, but now I am very happy with the deal because of Finley. I think to have a veteran who can come in and stretch the floor like that AS WELL as Nate’s energy is a luxury.
    My only concern is who is going to play in the playoffs. The roster simply needs to be shortened by that time. I know it is early, but it’s something to think about. Guys need to have defined roles by then, and they need to know who is going to play that night. Though I have continuously said on WEEI that we needed to get off of Sheeds’ back and that he would eventually make shots, he has proved me wrong. He doesn’t play with enough energy, in my opinion, to be deserving big minutes in the playoffs. I feel like the only reason they continue to play him so much is because they spent all of that money on him. I’m thinking a playoff rotation as follows would be good
    Most minutes go to top 8:
    1. Rondo
    2. R Allen
    3. Pierce
    4.Perkins
    5. Garnett
    6.Finley
    7. Davis
    8.Robinson
    Spot Minutes:
    9. Rasheed Wallace
    10. Marquis Daniels
    Thoughts?
    Again, I am not saying that Sheed and Daniels would not play in the playoffs. Obviously, we’ll need more height (Sheed) and another forward (Daniels), but I think the other guys clearly deserve more minutes than these two in the shortened playoff rotation. I’m sorry, but it’s not about how much you’re paying guys or what you expected at the beginning of the season, it’s about going with who will get you a W.
    Banner 18 isn’t out of sight just yet.

  • Shawn-cvd

    LOL the “needless to say ” part is classic.

  • DRJ

    You liked it so much you said it twice. Cute! (j/k)
    I think I understand Doc’s plan, and I’m VERY relieved to think that this IS his plan:
    – Check out Finley, Nate, Baby, Shelden, and the rest of the bench. Experiment now. Focus on Finley especially, because he could be very important in the playoffs.
    – Start coming down on Sheed – something Doc’s avoided till recently.
    – The whole thing with Sheed is the concept that he intends to “flip his switch” for the playoffs. Fine. If he does — which we will know in GAME ONE — we’ll be good to go. If not, Doc intends to be ready with the alternatives. Because once the playoffs begin, we are NOT waiting for, or putting up with, Sheed anymore. Perform, or get the hell out of our way!
    That’s what I think is going on. But truth is — who the hell really knows? I’m giving Doc a lot of credit here. I hope it’s right.

  • Shawn-cvd

    I think Doc will play 11 players in round one. It will be all hands on deck. Doc will still limit KG to 35 minutes or less which gets Sheed his minutes. Move him to the top 8. I don’t know who you drop so add TA to “spot minutes” for the top eleven.
    Don’t forget that Doc tinkered constantly with the roster during the title run. PJ Brown wasn’t the first big off the bench until halfway into the Cleveland series I my memory serves.
    Gotta hand it to Ainge; he did give Doc a roster that he WILL play.

  • Shawn-cvd

    Can we forget about the opponent? Barring injury the Celtics will dictate if anyone will beat them in a seven game series.
    Great win. Love the blow outs because the bench get’s to get some more cohesion.
    Finley rocked again in only his fifth game. Stupid national media ridiculing Doc for still tinkering with the line up. When you get a guy of Fins pedigree as coach you must explore his worth.