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I'm not gonna go too deep into this. The C's had a better shot in this than I thought they would. But they went cold… REALLY cold… late in the 4th quarter and ended up losing to Denver 89-75. In fact, the last points the Celtics scored came on a Paul Pierce 3 with 6:05 left. Denver then ripped off a 16-0 run to put this sucker away.
The C's shot 39% from the field and just 3-17 from 3. Denver picked it up in the second half… finishing the game shooting 45.3% after going into the half shooting 33.3%
Paul Pierce got into foul trouble early. Kenyon Martin, whose name triggers vile, angry things inside of me, had a season high 18 to lead both teams.
Chris Johnson wasn't bad tonight. 17 minutes, 6 points, 3 blocks. For a kid who's been a Celtic for only a few hours and literally wearing Semih Erden's actual jersey with a new name covering "Erden" on the back… that's pretty good.
Ok, so here's the box score… and now here's my word of warning: Don't freak out over this. The C's had 9 guys and one of them was in the D-League this morning. The team was emotionally spent after the news of the trade. Tonight was probably gonna be a loss anyway. Let's see what the new guys bring to the team before we go into "Eff Danny" mode.
Hey, I hate to see Perk go as much as anyone… but we can't pass judgement quite yet.