Brutal win for the Celtics tonight, outlasting New Jersey 89-83.
On the good side of things: a 2002-ish double-double from the Big Aristotle, 25 points and 11 boards in 32 minutes. He had lots of energy and the rest of the team seemed to feed off him — especially an even-more-wired-than-usual KG.
Everybody else was pretty disjointed on offense, other than Paul in the 4th, and Nate Robinson spent the majority of the game on the bench for phantom fouls.
The other bright spot was Quis: Excellent defense in 27 minutes of action. He still doesn't look great on offense, but he seemed to always have his hands on the ball on the defensive end, getting 2 steals and a block, but affecting many more plays.
The defense as a whole was strong, as the C's piled up 11 steals.
Of course, leading the way on the bad side of things was Delonte's broken wrist, which I'm sure we'll hear more about. Add that to Nate's foul trouble and Rondo's hamstring, and we saw a lot of Pierce at the 1.
And for fear of commenting on the officiating, let's just say that Tommy wasn't happy. (For what it's worth, there were a few bad calls, but I thought Tommy was blowing it way out of proportion.
A win is a win is a win, but the C's will need to play more consistently than they did tonight.