This baby loves the slop, eats it up. Eats the slop, born to slop…
How the hell do you capture the true essence of tonight’s victory? The Celtics stunk less?
Screw that, I’m going to channel my inner grit-and-balls and put a positive spin on this mess. The Celtics scratched and clawed their way back from miserable 2nd and 3rd quarters to beat Chicago, 71-69. A 7 point 4th quarter deficit might not seem like much, but it’s quite daunting when you muster 8 measly points in the 3rd quarter.
How about Doc Rivers’ post game quote about his team: “Tremendous heart. We choose to live. We have to have that mind-set. There’s no help coming. This is who we are.”
The Green: Nearly everything in the 4th quarter, where the team shot 68% (11-16 FG). Kevin Garnett scored 8 of his 12 points, including a GIGANTIC 14-footer with 20 seconds remaining.
Brandon Bass (14 points, 9 rebounds in 40 minutes) played his most aggressive game of the season. He wasn’t always pretty, but Bass stepped up big on a night where Doc limited KG to 26 minutes. His 13 shots led the team. Felt like 25 shots.
The Gross: Chicago outscored Boston 13-8 in the 3rd quarter. The Celtics shot 4-21.
The officiating was rather terrible in the final minute:
- Paul Pierce was mugged on the inbounds play with 49 seconds remaining
- Avery Bradley played perfect move-your-feet defense on Nate Robinson with 6 seconds remaining but was whistled for a foul
- Robinson nearly tore off Pierce’s jersey in the final scrum, but no whistle
- Pierce shot 2-12
- Chris Wilcox was a game low -10
- The Bulls had twice as many turnovers as Boston (20-10)
KG says he’s done with All-Star games. Is this a hint at retirement?
And finally… we learned that Paul Pierce has been playing with a pinched nerve in his neck for about two months.