|Posted by B-PAUL on October 28, 2009 at 9:38 PM|
If anybody was wondering if the Celtics would come out slow and take the Bobcats easy, you were wrong. The Celtics came out motivated to push their record to a quick 2-0. Behind an exciting crowd at the Garden the Celtics jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the first half, and used a 18-0 run to start the third quarter to defeat the Bobcats 92-59. This seems like a huge defeat, which it is, but it could have been a lot worse. The Celtics missed quite a few chances on the offensive end, and if they capitalized this game could have been very ugly.
The bright spot of tonights game had to be the defensive effort by the Celtics. The Celtics held the Bobcats to a franchise low 59 points. The team forced five turnovers and allowed no points in the first five minutes of play. Throughout the game KG and Perk did not let anything easy go up in the paint. They both had numerous crowd-raising blocks that left the defender asking, why did I do that. Perk ended the game with four blocked shots, while KG had three of his own. The Celtics just did not let the Bobcats have anything tonight. They were all over the ball at all times and took advanatage of any, and every, mistake the Bobcats made. These defensive plays turned into easy transition baskets that ultimately resulted in a Celtics victory.
On the offensive end the wealth was spread pretty evenly with Ray Allen leading the team with 18 points. Pierce, Rondo, and Garnett also had double digits with 15, 10, and 10 respectively. Like they say great guards do, Rondo "quietly" tallied 11 assist on the night, including some beautiful passes to Paul.This game was a all around team effort and that is what we are going to need night in and night out. The bench also came into the game and did their parts in making sure the Celtics came out with the victory. Rasheed was the leading scorer off the bench with 9 points, all of those coming on three point field goals.
There were times when Sheed forced up three point shots that weren't really neccessary. I think that this is one of the kinks he needs to work out as an individual. At one point early in the game he put up a shot two feet behind the three point line with a defender right on his shooting arm, it resulted in a total brick off the backboard. For the team to continue getting better Sheed will need to start passing up these attempts instead of putting up the shot.
Another thing that bothered me in tonights game was the minutes that Ray Allen was played. Ray played 33 of the first 35 minutes of the game and ended with 38 minutes. This was after a 42 minute effort in Cleveland the night before. That is a total of 80 minutes in two days, this is too much for a vetran like Ray. The reason that we have a great bench is to allow guys like Ray, KG, and Pierce to get rest early in the season so that they have the gas down the stretch. If Doc is not going to sit Ray in a thirty point blowout then when does he plan on doing it? We can not have Ray doing this night in and night out, it will result in some very tired legs come playoff time.
Overall great way for the Celtics to start the season at the Garden, great crowd, great defense, and a great result. The Celtics will be back at the Garden Friday when they take Derek Rose and the Bulls. On a side note, Sheed now knows about Gino!!!!!