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Recap: C’s beat Jazz, make it 3 in a row

KWAPT March 28, 2012 Uncategorized 14 Comments

I have not seen a better 1st half from the Boston Celtics in a long time. Everything was clicking; Rondo was driving and dishing, Pierce was attacking, KG was nailing jumpers and everyone was playing great defense. The C's held the Jazz to 37% from the field, and only turned the ball over 2 times. Rondo and Ryan Hollins connected on 2 alley-oops, and the C's went into halftime up 46-35.

The 3rd quarter started with more of the same-Pierce driving for a layup & and-one, KG hit a couple of buckets, and the C's were up by 18, 61-43 with about 7 minutes left in the 3rd.

Then the C's let their foot of the gas and stopped doing what was working. Blame it on a thin bench, or being tired, but the C's simply stopped attacking and let-up on defense. The Jazz then went on an 18-7 run and the game was tied at 66 early in the 4th. C's fans on Twitter (where I was tonight during most of the game) feared another late-game collapse.

But some big shots by Sasha and Keyon Dooling got the C's back-up 78-70 with 6:54 to go in the game, and KG, Bass and Pierce took it from there. Al Jefferson struggled most of the 1st-half, but got into a groove in the 2nd half to score 16 of his 18 points. Gordon Hayward led Utah w/19.

Rajon Rondo was phenomenal tonight. He had some highlight-reel passes and a couple of sweet alley-oops to newcomer Ryan Hollins. Rondo had 14 assists, 6 points and 4 boards. He's got to stop getting too cute on that "roll the ball" play though. Anyone who saw his costly turnover happen because of it tonight knows what I mean. KG continued to defy-age and critics alike to score 23 pts and pull-down 10 boards. That is his 7th double-double this month. The Big Ticket also had 4 assists, 2 steals and a block. That mid-range game of his has allowed him to continue to be a huge contributor to the C's offense.

Paul Pierce had another solid game, putting in 20 points, and more importantly getting to the rim and the FT line where he was 7 of 7. He struggled from downtown though, going 1 of 6. Brandon Bass chipped in 19 points, and hit some key jumpers in the 4th. Greg Stiemsma continued to be great on defense-he had 3 blocks and was active all-night-drawing charges and patrolling the paint. C's are now off until Friday when they are back on the road to the face Kevin Love, who is on an absolute tear right now, and the Wolves.

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  • Erin

    Hopefully Doc will get Bass to teach them how to box out the old school way.

  • http://www.o2lab.net O2

    I love redsarmy.com – so much better than other blogs. Taking morning dumps and illing with your straight talk. Loving it. Much props from a fan from MN who can only wish they lived in Boston. Thank you for entertaining my days.

  • http://www.o2lab.net O2

    And also- great win! Especially against a good Utah game.

  • http://www.o2lab.net o2

    Team I mean……ugggg….Boston lager hitting me

  • RyanH

    Kevin just keeps impressing me. I think if we can land anywhere in the 4th-6th seed range, we can do some damage. Nothing is assured, specifically with the Heat’s lack of crunch-time chops and Chicago’s injuries. Despite what the pundits say, I love this team. We’ve got young kids playing great in Avery and Greg and we’re starting to play some damn good ball.

  • Dutchgreen

    Been reading this blog for a few years now as my mean source of Celtics-info overseas, but tonight was my first chance ever to see a game in real life. So now I can say your recap passes the eye test ;-) – I too was cringing when Rondo turned it over trying to save a tiny bit of clock. Loved the alley-oops to Hollins (that guy can jump!) and the Steamer’s attitude on D. LOVE KG – the guy gets it done while making it look so easy… anyway, great win, and just wanted to share with you guys how great it was to finally make it to the Garden (but I will be back!). Keep up the good work!

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

    That’s fantastic! There’s nothing like seeing a game at TD Garden-and you got to see an entertaining one as well. Glad you had a good time and thanks for your support.

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

    *Editor’s note: With those 7 free-throws tonight, Paul Pierce moved ahead of David Robinson for 15th all-time in NBA history w/6,041 made.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5cd064970c Count Istvan 17-11 9-3.

    Doc Rivers is doing a wonderful job this year. Maybe his best job yet.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    The Jazz were a hot team (as were the Bucks), these are good wins as they get set for a brutal stretch after the ‘Sota game. Avery Bradley is becoming one of my favorite guys, even when he screws up he comes right back. Glad to see Sasha get some minutes, I think we’ll see more as Pietrus recovers. KG is the 2nd best center in the east, and Steimsma is turning into a solid pro (although the refs gave him the rookie treatment tonite.)
    First time I’ve ever seen Rondo get burned by letting the ball roll upcourt to save time, he had a couple of real gems tonite though, assist wise.
    Cousins is an animal, actually, the Jazz have several big men I wouldn’t mind having.

  • Shane

    You have to stop with the unnecessary and out of place hyphens. I honestly cannot fathom why you put them in all of your pieces when literally none of the words or phrases you use require them.

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

    That ball watch thing literally makes my skin crawl. I keep yelling at the screen, “Pick up the damned ball Rondo. Pick it up! Damn it, pick up the effing ball!!!!” I’m glad he got burned at a crucial time of the game. Maybe he’ll finally stop doing that that stupid ass thing to save 2 seconds by risking a steal. He made some nice passes.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

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    Thanks!! Really appreciate it