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Recap: Celtics squeak out ugly win over the Knicks

Chuck - Red's Army February 3, 2012 Uncategorized 25 Comments

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What's uglier – Rajon Rondo's new shiner or the offensive play by both teams in tonight's 91-89 Celtics victory?

The Knicks controlled (I use that term loosely) this game for 3 quarters. They were the more aggressive team on both sides of the ball. But as the Knicks energy level faded in the 4th, the Celtics awoke and made the big plays.

Offensively, the Celtics were offensive (40% FG, 17 TOs). It was a flashback to the first two weeks of the season. No rhythm at all.

I thought Paul Pierce (30 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) beat the shot clock buzzer with 16 seconds remaining. If anything, the replay did not appear to be conclusive enough to overturn the call on the floor. 

Ray Allen (14 points, 5 rebounds) salvaged a mediocre game with 9 points in the final 4 minutes. Previous to that stretch, he was the primary casualty of the awful offense. There's nothing worse than watching Ray over dribble.

Rajon Rondo played his first game in two weeks. He went 34 minutes and tallied 7 points, 7 assists and 5 turnovers. The black-eye was a result of some accidental contact while going for a loose ball in the 1st half.

Kevin Garnett had 11 of his 15 points in the 1st quarter. 

Chris Wilcox (6 points, 4 rebounds) played some high energy basketball.

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  • Rondo To KG

    Pierce better be an all-star this year. He clearly deserves it.

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

    Crazy game ends a crazy week for me. I may have smashed my tv if we lost this one. This was HUGE. What a kick in the balls this would’ve been if we clawed all the way back to lose at the buzzer or something. You have to hand it to Ray and Paul. Despite some sloppy play, and Ray being invisible for 90% of the contest, we were bailed-out by great play when it really mattered. Knicks are now I believe 1-8 against teams above .500

  • Mileke

    I really don’t think New York ever controlled this game, we just kept giving them oportunity after oportunity… EITHER way though, GREAT win…. the C’s could possibly have a 20-14 record once this month is over… Lets see!!! Go Celtics!!!! Hope ya’ll enjoyed this win! We got the Grizz Sunday in a early one. that one should be fun too… Pierce vs. Gay always a FUN one to watch.

  • Alex

    Is it just me or does Rondo piss anyone off when he brings up the ball SLOWLY… This kid needs to penetrate and become the Rondo of old. As of late, he doesn’t push up the court as much and he went straight back to waiting for Pierce or Ray Allen to get open for a three pointer. It’s absolutely aggravating to watch and it brings down the clock to the 10/9 second mark… It just slows the offense immensely, which I believe is the reason why the C’s were playing like crap.
    Rondo had me pulling my hair a lot this game.

  • Lee in Oregon

    good win, they got outplayed for about 2 and a half quarters and finally buckled down. I thought Rondo was a bit rusty, but in the end it was the Captain and Mr Shuttlesworth that got it done. I liked what Wilcox gave them tonite too. But let’s not overplay this, the Knicks suck and they played a big game last night, and still came close tonite.
    2 more things to say- I dont think that last replay call on Pierce’s shot was incomclusive- if this were football I think the play would have stood. Secondly, D’Antoni is a pussy

  • http://profile.typepad.com/tcsherwood KY Celts fan

    It was his first game back and he was playing with one eye. Cut the kid some slack.

  • Erin

    No flow to the offense today. Not sure if it’s because the team’s adjusting to Rondo, or Rondo’s just not used to it yet. The only movement I see was from PP and Bass. I hope Wilcox gets better as we play on. Is it me or has everyone forgotten that we had Dooling on the team?

  • jvbsktbll200

    I agree I think Rondo at timed slowed the offense, but interesting, when Bradley subs in, Bradley gives this team energy both on offense and defense. If people on here are taking notice to Rondo slowing the offense, then the Doc and coaching staff will start to catch on. Rondo is just coming off an wrist injury so I’ll gave him a break.
    The Knicks offense kept them in this close game, but the Celtics experience and defense won. How about that Pierce vs Melo match-up these two go at it hard!

  • paul

    Think about what you just said. Isn’t it obvious that part of the problem is that Rondo doesn’t seem to have a green light to attack the basket as aggressively or as often as he should, or to look for his own shot? Don’t always blame everything on Rondo. His basic preference is obviously for an up-tempo game.

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

    Agreed and agreed.

  • Quest

    No rhythm due to Rondo being on the floor? Hmmm…Wasn’t such a big problem when he was out with injury. Speaking of over dribbling so does Rondo.
    Ugly win but I guess it was a win. Wonder how they will fare against the Heat and Chicago. Still got to go through them to get to the playoffs.

  • Quest

    Totally agree @Alex Rondo pisses me off too when he brings the ball up Slowly and then just dribbles until the clock runs down and leaves it to a one pass play which more often ends in a missed basket. Makes me feel like screaming.

  • Classless

    This game showed us what KG is going to be in the playoffs. Effective early on, completely overmatched in the 4th quarter. His pathetic blown layup followed by getting posterized by Chandler, then helplessly batting a ball around instead of GRABBING THE REBOUND are signs of things to come. I can’t stand watching this once great player look like the 9th best player on the floor.

  • Alex

    Who’s Dooling?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/gdeturk Banner18

    Knicks got ALL questionable calls in first half. No wonder there was no flow. Just hanging in when Refs gave 12-15 points to Knicks is a testament to the toughness of the team. Examples: Melo payed “Defense” on Pierce with one arm wrapped around him. No foul on Amare, when KG drove left around  him and made layup ( Amare had hand on his back). No call on Rondo’s black eye. No call on Pierce left drive near end of first quarter or any other drive.. Countless tic-tac fouls drawn by Melo. No goal tend on Rondo Layup when it was blocked after it it glass.
    Rondo should try Hornacek method of free throw shooting (left foot way back to straighten shoulder, elbow, eye.) Pierce used a modified version a few years back when he was struggling from the line- it straightened him out. RR was shhooting ith his keft foot lightly back in pre-season when he was shooting free throws better. Or he could try 2 handed underhand like the best foul shooter in NBA history (Rick Barry.) Of course, it didn’t work for Wilt when he tried it.
    Love this team, but Rondo can’t miss free throws or they’re going nowhere.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/gdeturk Banner18

    Pierce was also fouled on the three pointer at the end of the third, when Wilcox got the O rebound and made the short turn around at the buzzer. But in general fouls were more fairly and evenly caled in the second half. Rondo is a smart player. If Doc tells him to push it he will.But It’s RR’s first game back . He’s winded and using time to catch his breath.
    Van Gumby should get off the flopping kick. Players were flopping when Auerbach was coaching. In fact in one of his “Red on Roudnball” shows he demonstrated how to flop. Red said “do I like flopping-no I hate it. But it’s part of the game, so you’ve got to use it.” I forget which guard he had demonstrating how to flop.
    Does anyone know if “Red on Roundball” is available on DVD? Or if there are any compete Celtic championship games available on DVD?
    Thanks

  • http://profile.typepad.com/gdeturk Banner18

    It’s RR’s first game back. He’s using that time to get his wind back. Give him a break. I’m more concerned about his free throw shooting. Imagine him at the line in a game 7, down 2, with no time left on the clock? What are the odds that he makes both?
    RR’S played well for his first game back. Wait until he’s in game shape to complain about his “walking it up” (I complain about it all the time too).

  • Elliot

    Every time we play the Knicks i think to myself “How are the refs going to bail the Knicks out tonight” and they almost did yet again. Those 2 quick fouls on Pietrus against Melo….. COME ON YOU KIDDING ME! And refs if you’re gonna spend 5 hours reviewing Pierce’s clutch 3 then at least call and clear as day goal tend on Amar’e. However Melo does win the acting award for the night Rondo must have used the force or something to push Melo out of the court on his arse.

  • Elliot

    If i was KG in this game I would be screwed in the 4th as well he was Johnny on the Spot on D when Melo couldn’t be stopped he was the 2nd guy on Melo and the first one on the player he passed to. Give him a break. He played well anyone else would agree.

  • NorthernGreen

    That was a piece of work, wasn’t it. He should be T’ed up for pulling that **it!

  • Scott

    I 100% agree. The offense was much more fluid with bradley at the point. I thought Rondo was THE reason this team struggled on offense. When he came out, it went right back to being the offense we saw in his absense – good ball movement and more equal touches. Rondo tends to dribble aimlessly for 14 seconds and then either pass or make a half-hearted move to the bucket.
    Not saying I hate Rondo or anything, but what he’s been doing for the majority of this season is not going to cut it

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jmeedu James Eisenman

    Rondo was Rondo, just a little slower. He does clog up the flow of the offense by handling the ball too much. He threw some horrible passes as well that became turnovers. Luckily, the NY point guards can’t shoot because he didn’t get caught cheating on defense which he did again. On the last plays, i did see him get right up on his man though. It just makes me angry though because it proves be CAN do it. The refs were awful. First half was all Knicks, second half a lot of lame ass technicals mostly in our favor. I think Pierce’s shot at the end should have stayed as called on the floor, simply because you can’t overturn a floor call unless the video shows conclusively that it was wrong. A gritty win. Soon the real work will start. The Lakers and a KILLER road trip should tell us a lot. Loved the Wilcox effort and free throws.

  • Elliot

    rumor is next season he’s going for an EGOT.

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