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Recap: Celtics 105, Nuggets 89


Weird game at the Garden tonight as the Celts topped the Nuggets by 16. 

Many of the sick/delinquent Celts of the last few days were able to play — Rondo, Nate, Shaq, and Baby all suited up. The first 10 minutes were essentially perfect Celtics basketball as they scored 30 points and were up 18. Ray and KG were hitting everything, Rondo was putting the ball right where he needed to, and everybody was playing lockdown D. It was a clinic.

Things abruptly fell apart in the 2nd quarter — the bench couldn't hold the lead and the first unit offense stalled when they all got back in. I couldn't help but wonder if Rondo — who had an injury scare later in the game, but was only out for a minute — was hurt by the rest, whether his muscles tightened up or something. I'm not a doctor, and I've never even driven by a Holiday Inn Express, let alone stayed in one, so what do I know.

The seemingly boring game became interesting as the lead got down to one score in the 2nd, but Boston pushed it back into double-digits and rolled in the 3rd and 4th. The Nuggets looked disjointed all game. With Melo and Kenyon Martin out, they relied entirely on JR Smith jumpers with 17 seconds left on the shot clock and off-balance Chauncey Billups runners. This might surprise you, but that didn't suffice. Somehow, Ty Lawson led them in scoring with 24.

Shaq had another nice, useful game in the middle, keeping Denver out of the lane (minus a couple of sneaky Ty Lawson drives) and doing his part. Ray was the star points-wise with 28, and Rondo did his dime thing with 13 assists. KG was KG, and Paul quietly dropped in 17.

Rondo had a decent output — and how outrageous is it that 13 assists is just decent for him? — but his defense was lacking and KWAPT noted that his lateral movement was noticeably limited in person. You could tell that something was off on TV as well. It'll be interesting to see what Doc decides to do with him tomorrow against a lousy Philly squad on a back-to-back. I'm guessing he rests. 

Big Baby was a nice jolt off the bench, drawing a few charges and tallying 16 points…while also getting in an odd altercation at the end of the game that may or may not have involved a Nene headbutt, depending on what color jersey you wear. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, David Stern has to say about the incident.

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  • Lee in Oregon

    Strange game indeed. When I heard Melo was out I was worried it would be like the OKC/no KD game and at times it was. They played about 2 really good quarters and still won. Defensivly, I think the hammy is really bothering Rondo, watching Lawson blow by him several times.
    Classy moment at the end when KG gave some love to George Karl.
    Jon Barry is a dick.

  • KY Celts fan

    Agree that Barry is a dick.

  • Classless

    Rondo didn’t even try on defense and drove to the hoop only once. Luckily, the C’s didn’t need him to do anything but pass in this one.
    Barry isn’t a dick. He just needs to eat one.

  • greenbeand

    baby’s earned his $$ tonight

  • Was at the game and missed Barry-what’d he say/do? Thanks.

  • Yes, Rondo was so hobbled at one point I thought he’d go to the locker room. I sat about 5 rows from the floor at center court, and he was hurting. He did nothing on D, and that’s honestly why Lawson had a big game. Rondo will not play tomorrow-no way. If he does, I question Doc’s thinking. Huge play by Ray tonight. He really stepped it up and proved he can still get to the rack as well as shoot 3’s. And oh yeah, not a huge JR Smith fan, but that dude can shoot.

  • Lee in Oregon

    Not one thing in particular, he was just his normal self. The thing that annoys me the most is that as a player, he was a journeyman who basically sucked, yet he calls games like he’s a HOFer, criticizing guys who would have killed jim on the court. Donny Marshall knows who he was, if you know what I mean. The other thing that I cant stand is Barry never gives the Celtics the credit they’ve earned over the years. Maybe it’s cause they drafted him and he was a bust early on, but he oughta just sign on in LA and get it over with.
    He had a chance to be cool tonite and say Ray is equal to Reggie Miller….Tirico picked Miller in their little discussion. Barry hemmed & hawed but eventually went with Miller too. Not a huge deal but in my mind, but still a slight to Ray.

  • I was right about the Blockbuster Trade Baby!

    I like Barry. He seems to always pick the celts amongst the sea of laker fandom over at SC. Even tonight he said they were the best in the NBA…