I’ll just quote Chuck’s preview:
This game screams letdown. The Celtics return from a two-day respite to face one of the worst teams in the league. We know what type of craptastic effort they are capable of in these types of situations.
… This game will be closer than it should, but I’m not ready to pick against the Celtics.
Chuck picked the C’s 97-88… they damn near did it. 100-89 was the final.
Rajon Rondo had the closest thing I can imagine to what Ice Cube was talking about. After a spectacular first quarter, Rondo casually picked the Bobcats apart… quite literally messing around and getting a triple double.
Avery Bradley shot the lights out. 6-10 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3. In fact, our starting backcourt couldn’t miss. Toss Rondo’s numbers in there and they shot a combined 14-21.
Our starting front court didn’t shoot quite as well. Paul Pierce struggled with his shot, settling for mostly jumpers. Half of his 16 shots came from 3. KG and Pierce combined to shoot 8-27.
Kevin Garnett calmly informs Kemba Walker that his excrement is not welcome in his general vicinity
Paul Pierce does his KG impression
Rondo gets aggressive… then gives a service member some dap
- Jason Terry had 0 points on 0-3 shooting.
- Jason Collins had 3 points on 1-2 shoooting.
- Sullinger was plagued with foul trouble, but still finished with 8 points and 5 rebounds in 22 minutes and shot a perfect 4-4 from the field.
- Courtney Lee had another nice game, quietly shooting 4-7 for 9 points while under the weather.
- Jeff Green had 11 points on 4-8 shooting to go along with 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
This pretty much went as expected. C’s stormed out to a big lead, lost it, nearly blew it, but never gave it up. I compared it to that prank with a car… the C’s were driving and they kept slowing down to let the Bobcats in, and every time they reached for the door, the C’s hit the gas.
Screw it. I’ll take this win. Like Kevin McHale said the other night, they don’t put every painting in a museum. A win is a win. Of course, the freakin’ Nets have to be just as hot and we can’t catch them yet in the standings… but still. Everyone else is coming back down to earth.