Damn you, Brook Lopez. Damn your 7-feet and damn your 275 pounds. Despite the best of efforts from Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass, the Celtics could not stop Lopez (24 points, 10-13 FG).
Aside from a quick 12-5 start by the Celtics, the Nets controlled this game. The pesky C’s kept fighting, but every time they got close or tied the game, the Nets would make a run.
Deron Williams (25 points, 10-16 FG) played his 1st game in about 3 weeks. Judging the Nets without D-Will is foolish because he’s the key to that team’s success.
KG (11 points, 5-10 FG, 9 rebounds) had one of his better shooting nights of the season. He also made a heady play, calling a timeout after hitting the floor late in the game. Paul Pierce (4 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists) had less of an impact but was playing with a clunky pad on his broken right hand.
Avery Bradley (22 points, 3-6 3FG, 2 steals) played a great all-around game. Without his nagging defense, D-Will might have dropped 35.
How about the “Let’s go Celtics” chant late in the game? Arena employees had to start up a “Brook-lyn” chant to drown out the C’s fans.
The Celtics bench contributed 12 points.
Bass and Sullinger shot a combined 10-28. Maybe guarding Brook Lopez was too much of a distraction.
KG and Rondo sharing a hug
- Boston shot 11-22 from 3
- The Celtics committed only 9 TOs
- Jordan Crawford was a team high -14