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T-Mobile Recap: Jeff Green is clutch

Chuck - Red's Army March 31, 2010 Uncategorized 18 Comments

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The Thunder beat the Celtics 109-104 thanks to two late three-pointers by Jeff Green.

The referees also helped. OKC shot twice as many free throws as the Celtics (34-17). It's been awhile since I bitched about the officiating, but tonight it's justified. The Cs were just as aggressive as the Thunder, but they simply didn't get the calls. One Kevin (Durant) got all the whistles (15-15 FT), while another Kevin (Garnett) got none (0-0 FT). Paul Pierce had a picture-perfect clean strip on Durant with 2:40 left in the 4th quarter, but a referee 20 feet from the play thought he saw a foul.

KG's quote after the game sums it up:

"I thought we were playing Michael f—kin Jordan tonight the way he was getting the whistle. Durant damn near shot more free throws than our whole team."

The Celtics had their chances. After Green's first three pointer put OKC up 105-101 with 1:55 left, Ray Allen drove to the hoop for a nifty lefty layup and foul. But the Thunder went right back to Green who hoisted another wide open three and drilled it.

Rasheed Wallace played his best offensive game in a long time – 18 points, 7-8 FG. But his one miss was costly. He missed an open three pointer immediately after Green nailed the second of his back-breakers.

Down 4 with 8 seconds left, Ray Allen (13 points, 0-5 3FG) missed another wide-open three pointer.

Russell Westbrook (21 points, 10 assists) and Rajon Rondo (16 points, 11 assists, 5 steals) had a helluva battle tonight.

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  • DRJ

    Total theft by the refs. Cs played a great game, were robbed. Good thing it doesn’t make much difference. Could have used some fewer TOs, and maybe a little tighter D on Durant… but overall, Cs were a pleasure to watch.
    But 5 guys can only very rarely beat 8.

  • Donald

    The Thunder get 5 freebee’s they shouldn’t have and the C’s lose by 5. That’s what pisses me off. I can accept a loss if it just wasn’t there night and they played bad. The Thunder won this game with free throws they should not have got. Why does KG get no more respect from the refs? How many times did he get pushed in the back?

  • Donald

    Ok KG just dropped the F-bomb in the post game. “I thought we were playing Michael F’n Jordan the way Durant got the calls tonight”. Wow he is pissed and rightfully so!

  • KY Celts fan

    Thunder shoot a lot more FTs, despite the stellar inside play by KG, Baby, and EVEN SHEED! A winnable game we let get away. But Ray was cold from outside, and OKC is a tough team. And that Durant fella is pretty good. Meh…
    At least the Lakers lost, though it was to the Hawks which I believe puts us down into fourth again.

  • Filipe

    Thunder usually shoot more FTs than the other team because outside of Howard and Lebron no one gets as many calls today than Durant (and unlike Howard and Lebron he usually sinks 90% of his).

  • NineSevenEight

    In the words of KG: “It was like we were playing Michael FUCKIN Jordan tonight the way he was getting calls.” Hard to get stops when the other team is living at the line on ridiculous calls. Had to bleed to get to the line if you were wearing white, Donny “the referee apologist” Marshall.

  • Donald

    @nineseveneight
    I couldn’t agree more with you. How can Donny and Gary not even talk about the refs during the post game show? He really is to steal you line “the referee apologist”.
    I guess the silver lining in this is that we could have beaten a younger more athletic team that we wouldn’t have had a chance with a month or 2 ago.

  • KY Celts fan

    so how big a fine will KG get for that comment? $25,000? $30,000?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5d5d11970c Tim (FD)

    Wow… KG really said that… wow.
    I agree.

  • NineSevenEight

    Whatever it is, it will be well worth it. Drop in the bucket to him anyways.
    For whatever reason the Celtics have to work 10 times harder to get calls AT HOME this season. Sure, they’ve had their moments of ineptitude but when is enough enough with the ineptitude of the referees? No one is asking for “extra calls”, we’re asking for “fair calls”. If it’s a foul down one end, it’s a foul down the other. You would think KG, PP, and Ray would have enough respect and tenure in the NBA to get the benefit of the doubt.
    NBA Theater.

  • DRJ

    KG dropped the F bomb on live TV… Paul was being a good boy, but you could read his face like a book… and Doc said to the press guys that THEY need to talk about the refs (because they can’t be fined).
    The guys, esp KG, are emotional about this kind of loss because they KNOW they played a great game (e.g., 60% FG%) and should have won. But in the end, this one loss doesn’t mean much per se. The good news is that they played so well… and it was so SMOOTH… it looked like they didn’t even have to work very hard to play that well.
    Bottom line is: give me this game by the Cs in every contest from now on. I’ll take it. They’d win the championship that way. Refs won’t and can’t steal that away.

  • Uncle Leo

    Westbrook is better than Rondo in every way.

  • Shawn-cvd

    I disagree. Rondo will never realize his potential until he develops a jumper though. The good news is Kidd was an awful outside shooter which he developed as the years went by. Should Rondo do so he’ll be unstoppable.

  • Shawn-cvd

    The C’s are in top form. They play this level they’ll go far this post season. And in the post season the game is not overly whistled which plays into the Celtics collective hands.
    Pierce was brilliant offensively as was Rondo and KG. If Sheed plays this well the C’s are just too deep and versatile to loose a play off series. We’ll see what happens next…

  • http://www.palacegarden.info PalaceGarden

    Leo, you’re an idiot.
    (I had a lengthy explanation here, but I want to have a good day today so I let it go)
    In honor to Leo’s comment, for the rest of the season and playoffs, any time I see someone do something asinine, I am gonna call them Leo.

  • getoveritsonicsfans

    You guys are a bunch of cry babies… The Thunder flat out played better. Here’s a tip: don’t foul if you don’t want to pay the consequence, especially when you’re playing one of the game’s best ft shooters! On another note, Rasheed played well (still looks as if he belongs under a bridge somewhere with a crack pipe).

  • Jon with no H

    in my opinion, the bigger miss(es) by Sheed were the 2 FT’s he missed that would of put us up 4 late in the 4th. He had a great game otherwise, but you can’t miss both freebies down the stretch in a close game.
    As a side note, if the NBA wants the best matchups/highest ratings, they would probably prefer the C’s get the 4th seed so Cleveland could potentially play both them and Orlando. It could possibly be another reason the calls may not go the C’s way down the strech. Assuming the refs purposely influence the outcomes, of course.

  • Classless

    I think this game was a bit of a “reap what you sow” example. The C’s bitch at the refs every single trip down the floor. The Thunder don’t say a word (they are last in the league in Tech’s). Of course the refs are going to be biased.