|Posted by B-PAUL on November 22, 2009 at 4:25 PM|
(Courtesy of Red's Army)
The Boston Celtics are 10-4, that's the good news. Despite shooting 4-15 on the night, Kevin Garnett recieved a pass from Paul Pierce at the top of the key and nailed a jumper at the end of overtime to give the Celtics a 107-105 victory over the Knicks. This was a must win game for the Celtics, and to be honest I was expecting a blowout. Instead the Celtics just could not pull away from a 3-9 Knicks team. At one point during the third quarter the Celtics lead by 14 points before surrendering the lead and trailing by five at the end of the quarter.
I have said this word over and over these past few days and I am going to say it again. The Celtics need some form of CONSISTENCY. There were moments in the game tonight that the Celtics looked like the team we saw in the first four or five games of the year; however, there were also moments where they played to the level of the Knicks and looked atrocious.
For some reason these past few games the Celtics as a team have been struggling to put the ball in the net. The Celtics are starting to open up shooter for good looks but the shots are not going down. Ray Allen, arguably our best shooter on the team, went 3-13 from the floor tonight. It wasn't until late in the fourth when he hit his first three. Other notables that struggled tonight include Rasheed Wallace (0-6) and Rajon Rondo (5-13). The Celtics as a team shot an acceptable 40% from behind the arc. This percentage was boosted by the great play of Paul Pierce.
Paul Pierce proved to us once again tonight why he is the teams captain and leader on the court. Right from the tip you could tell Pierce was ready to go. The entire game Pierce was attacking the hoop, drawing contact and kicking the ball to open players. He was also dialed in from behind the arc shooting a terrific 6-7 from three point land. Following the game during Doc River's press conference we also found out that he was the one responsible for calling the play that resulted in the game winner. Although KG was slumping Paul put trust in his teammate to make the shot and he he came through.
Celtics center Shelden Williams also gave the captain credit by tweeting the following minutes after the game:
"Good win for us we got it at the end in overtime. Its not how u start but how u finish and kg finished big for us. Also great play call by paul pierce at the end of the game to get the ball to kg for the win."
I am hoping as a team this will give us the confidence we need to get this season back on the right track. It was good to finally see smiles back on the player's faces following KG's game winner. They now have two days to practice and prepare for Philadelphia on Wednesday. Let's hope to keep the W's rolling in these next few games and establish ourselves as a serious force in the east.