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Recap: The losing streak finally ends

Chuck - Red's Army January 18, 2012 Uncategorized 7 Comments

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In a game the Celtics absolutely positively had to win, the boys in green throttled the Raptors 96 – 73.

The Celtics started fast. I repeat, the Celtics started fast. The led 29-14 after the 1st quarter. Rajon Rondo (21 points, 7-8 FG) was in attack mode. He had 13 points and zero assists in the quarter. 

The 2nd quarter was a different story. Even reading the play-by-play will make you cringe. It took the Cs nearly four minutes to get a bucket. The lead shrunk to 6 by half.

Realizing a loss to Toronto would inflict irreversible damage to my spirit, the Celtics turned on the jets again in the 3rd quarter. Ray Allen (6 points, 2-5 3 FG) drilled two 3s. Brandon Bass scored 8 of his 13 points.

Paul Pierce struggled with his shooting (8 points, 3-10 FG), but did have 7 assists. 

Mickael Pietrus doesn’t like two point shots. All of his field goals (4-7) came from three.

The only damper on the night was Rondo’s wrist injury. Rajon was decked by Linas Kleiza late in the 3rd quarter (see video in previous post). He hit the court hard and landed awkwardly on his right wrist. After a couple minutes, Rondo was able to take his free throws. The official diagnosis is a sore right wrist. Kleiza was hit with a Flagrant 1 foul.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    toronto’s broadcast raved about several key points: rondo changes the game and celt’s move the ball very well. both valid points= wins
    i am okay this “older celtics team”. when playing team ball they know how to close out teams in the 3rd quarter.. tmrw vs. suns they should be well rested
    onwards and upwards

  • putdjinthehall

    this was the raptors.
    we can still pound shitty teams

  • Classless

    Can’t beat playoff teams. Pound on lottery teams. Sounds like the Celtics are firmly in the dreaded NBA middle class.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jgruber2089 Jake

    I’m usually a very optimistic fan, but let’s not kid ourselves here. Obviously it’s good to see a win, but I honestly feel like I kind of just saw more of the same. Most of the good things we saw can be explained by how bad the Raptors are: The fewer turnovers (the Raptors generally aren’t known for their Defense and their guards are god-awful), yes they held the raptors to 73 but the raptors are terrible offensively and were missing their best scorer.
    Pierce still didn’t find his touch yet, they still couldn’t keep the pedal to the middle for most of the game, they get pushed out to half court with 3 guys out there calling for the ball with 7 seconds on the shot clock. It’s very frustrating.
    A couple of good things:
    -Won the rebounding battle 45-38 (Toronto is upper half of the league in rebounding), though still no one can get double digit rebounds
    -ONLY 10 turnovers–very good, but the raptors don’t seem very long/athletic
    -Pietrus is very, very good. If the starters can get it together, him and Bass will be very good off the bench and more consistent as the season progresses.
    -Scored 96 points, 29 in the first and second quarters, shot almost 50%.
    It’s a step in the right direction. Let’s get it again on Friday.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/kwapt KWAPT

    I agree with everyone else in that the C’s played great team ball tonight. Some great ball-movement and alot of sweet passes. Pierce and Marquis both struggled tonight with scoring, but both made key passes. Getting tired of all the missed-layups though. If there was a stat kept on them, we might be in the top 3 in the NBA. This win really means diddly-squat if they don’t take care of biz at home Friday vs the Suns. Because guess what comes after that…that’s right- 2 back-to-backs in a row.

  • CELTICPRIDEFC

    I know I am getting ahead of myself, but there’s nothing more I would want to see in life than the Celtics hold the title once more. The game, great, it’s only Toronto but they did win by over 20. ONE GAME AT A TIME GUYS, TIME FOR REDEMPTION !!!

  • Quest

    C’s won but it could of been a different outcome if the Raptors had Bargnani on the floor. C’s test is playing against .005+ team. But a win is a win.