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Recap: KG, JO save Celtics from embarrassing loss

Chuck - Red's Army January 31, 2012 Uncategorized 3 Comments

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I don't care about the Cavs comeback from a 22-point deficit in the 3rd quarter. Two plays defined this game.

Kevin Garnett's turnaround jumper with 1:04 remaining that stretched the lead to 4. And twenty seconds later, Jermaine O'Neal stuffed Anderson Varejao to preserve that lead. 

The Celtics were outscored 32-17 in the 4th quarter. The energy disparity between the two teams was disturbing. The Cavs were extremely aggressive on defense while the Celtics stood around and look at one another.

I hope this Celtics team realizes it's no where near good enough to "flip the switch" during games. 

As I type this, Tommy Heinsohn is ranting about boxing out. Anderson Varejao (20 points, 20 rebounds) destroyed the Celtics, yet again.

This was my first time watching Cavs rookie Kyrie Irving. The kid has mad skills. 

Box score

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  • Quest

    Celtics running out of time to find solutions to turn them back into a contending team. That last Q was brutal to watch.

  • JR99

    Yep, Irving looks like he’s gonna be a star. Plays like one right now.
    Let’s not forget how HORRIBLE the refs were in this one, doing their best to hand the Cavs the W.

  • James Eisenman

    Listening to the Cavalier announcers discussing that it was probably the Celtics’ plan NOT to contest Varejao’s shot when he scored 14 points in the first half and Cleveland’s first 8 points was unbearable. Especially when it was clear that it was NOT their plan but O’Neal just not doing his job on defense. Thank God he blocked the shot at the end. It sort of made up for the 14 points he gave up without contest in the first half. And they just don’t block out as Varejao cleaned their clocks on the boards…again. (Danny really does have to get this guy on our team. O’Neal and Dooling for Verajao?) Avery could not handle Irving at all in the 4th Quarter. The wheels fell off the offense again in the 4th Quarter, as well. At least KG stopped the bleeding at the end and they FINALLY got a few stops. Embarrassing. But at the end of the season, they don’t remember how wobbly the W’s are. At least they had a flowing offense for 3 Quarters and Joey Crawford pretty much left us alone, for once.