|Posted by GreenBanner18 on November 26, 2009 at 1:07 AM|
76ers 110 Celtics 113
The Celtics battled it out and got another hard fought win against the uptempo 76ers. The Celtics did not dominate the undermanned opponents by any stretch of the imagination, yet did enough through the 4th quarter to get a win and push their record to a respectable 11-4. The 76ers were without Williams and Elton Brand, but managed to get some good performances out of their bench players.
The Celtics were led, yet again, by the outstanding performance of Paul Pierce. The Truth led the team in scoring with 27 points while going 10-15 from the floor, picking up 7 boards, and dishing for 6 assists. An all around performance by the captain kept the team in it. Then going into the fourth quarter, Rajon Rondo decided to turn it up a notch. He started to get his hands involved on the defensive end, got some steals, was diving on the ground, and really pushing the ball up the floor on the offensive end. It is amazing to see the flow of the offense change, when Rondo makes up his mind to penetrate, and push the ball up the floor before the defense can get settled. Rondo finished the game with 10 points and 7 assists.
As for some of my keys to the game:
We don't need to watch the Celtics perimeter defense tonight as the 76ers are a poor 3 point shooting team.
Could I have been any more wrong? The assumption was based off stats that stood out completely. As a team coming into tonights matchup, they were 20th in the league in 3 point percentage at 32.3%. Tonight, the 76ers went 13-20 from deep, or 65%. There were times when the Celtics had issues switching off, and left some guys (Kapono) wide open for shots. Most of the time, however, Philadelphia was just plain shooting lights out. This extremely high percentage is what kept them in the game.
Kevin Garnett will get his jump shot back tonight.
Although he only took 9 shots, he ended up with 19 points. Garnett got to the foul line a lot tonight, 12 times total. As for what I saw on his jumper- I saw a much more confident shot. He took a shot that I thought was clearly out of his range from straight on, and buried it. I saw him miss one jumper all night, and it was halfway down. I was very impressed overall coming off last games 4-15 shooting.
We need to stop Andre Iguodala from getting to the rim.
He did just that. Sometimes as a defense there just isn't much you can do when a very good player such as Iggy drives to the basket. Iguodala did his work driving inside, as well as his jumper that he is typically not known for.
It was not a dominant performance by the Celtics, but I felt more comfortable with the way we played. There are still missed assignments, but that is all stuff that can clear up as the season goes along. Sheed got 2 threes to go down tonight which hopefully for the future lifts some stress off his shoulders. The C's are 2-0 this week and look to finish off the week at 3-0 on Friday against the Raptors who got abused by the Charlotte Bobcats last night.
(Photos by Steve Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)