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Recap: Cs dominate the paint, manhandle Cavs


The Celtics manhandled the Cavaliers 106 – 87 tonight at Quicken Loans Arena.

They inflicted most of their damage in the paint, outscoring Cleveland 60-26.

With the Celtics offense sputtering early, Rajon Rondo (23 points, 12 assists, 5 rebounds) looked for his own shot. He tuned up Mo Williams and Ramon Sessions for 11 1st quarter points.

The Cavs held an early 9 point lead, due mostly to the all-out hustle of Anderson Varejao. Shaq was unable to box him out.

The Cs broke the game open with a 35 point 2nd quarter. The bench (Glen Davis, Marquis Daniels and Nate Robinson) scored 16 points in the quarter. Davis finished with 17 pts, 11 rebounds. Quisy had 16 points on 7-10 FG.

The Celtics maintained their defensive intensity throughout the 3rd quarter. Paul Pierce had three blocks and Davis had one spectacular stuff on a Sessions' dunk attempt.

KG (11 points, 10 rebounds) tweaked his ankle in the 3rd quarter. While it appeared painful, Garnett managed to play through the injury.

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  • Chris

    C’s did work tonightttt.

  • Mileke

    This by far has been the BEST performance by the C’s all year…. balanced scoring across the whole board, bench played PHENOMENAL, 12 men rotation tonite, seen BRADLEY, And WAFER’s Abilities tonight, 3 players with Double-Double’s, didnt give up a BIG lead all Game, Only lost 1 quarter, DOMINATED the paint, DEFENSE, Ball Movement, played 48 minute Basketball, Closed quarters, PERFECT night for the C’s, Way To GO!!!! Portland tomorrow!

  • Stan

    I wouldn’t say it’s the best performance all year. The best would be the recent game against Atlanta. Specifically, the 1st quarter..C’s came up 39-13 with both ends running as smooth as a machine.
    The bench played very well in the second half, tommy points to Marquis and Baby! However, Semih had 0 points, and Nate was shooting 3-10. Wafer’s picking up on the defense, which is good.
    Again, they could have played better. But a win’s a win, and most of the starters have their minutes under 30. Go C’s!

  • Green In Cleveland

    Yeah, solid win tonight. Listening to Austin Carr call the games is painful. Newsflash: if you can’t get a stop, you can’t run. DEFENSE, which is the C’s specialty, gets you transition points. I couldn’t count the number of times he said the “Celtics don’t want to run.” Unfortunately for A.C., they ran right over the Cavs tonight.
    How about the great, QUICK outlet passes off the defensive boards?
    I do miss LeBonehead being on the Cavs though. It made every Celtics win that much more sweet. No one will care tomorrow at work when I wear my special green tie.
    BRING ON 18!

  • Great work by Quis. Not just the 16 points, but his defense was stellar. And how about Rondo’s penetration moves. It’s so crazy because the other team knows he’s coming down the lane, but he’s so quick and unpredictable they just freeze-up & he blows by them. My one complaint from tonight: Baby-great job with 17 points and that huge blocked-shot, but would you PLEASE stop taking that mid-range shot..?! It’s just not falling anymore. If you’re wide-open, fine-shoot. But he was/has really been forcing it lately. Looking fwd to tomorrow night. Taking RedsArmy’s own Drucci to his 1st Celts game. Dude flew all the way to Boston from France to see his C’s.

  • Lee in Oregon

    I couldnt take Austin tonite either. Memo to dude: the king left and your team sucks (and they were never that good anyway) so cut the arrogant bullshit.

  • Rondo 2 KG

    Glad to see I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t stand listening to Austin Carr. For whatever reason, he couldn’t seem to understand the simple fact that Boston’s defense was the reason why we controlled the flow of the game, not because the Cavs chose not to run.

  • NateDiP

    KG needs to lose those stupid chinese sneakers. those pieces of junk are an accident waiting to happen.