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Thunder Get Caught Up In The Celtics Storm

Posted by B-PAUL on December 5, 2009 at 1:07 AM

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We have all heard the phrase "This is thunder and lightning, don't get caught up in the storm". Well tonight someone should have told the Oklahoma City Thunder that tropical storm Celtics was rolling into town with victory on their minds. The Celtics came into Oklahoma City on cruise control and didn't turn it off for a second. That Celtics used another great start, and a complete game effort to defeat the Thunder tonight by the score of 105-87.

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Tonight the Celtics were again able to combine great play on both sides of the ball to pick up the W. For the fourth straight game the Celtics held their opponent to 90 points of fewer. This was something that was expected earlier in the season, but dropped off for a stretch before rediscovering the dominant defense recently.

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The one problem that I had with the Celtics defense during their "slump" was the lack of perimeter defense. The lack of good hands in the face of shooters was a major concern to me. In the last?four games, the Celtics have limited their opponents to horrible shooting percentages from behind the arc. The Heat, Bobcats, Spurs, and Thunder shot 13.3%, 18.2%, 12.5%, and 17% respectively from behind the arc. You can say that it is because of poor shooting from the opposition, but there is a trend here.

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As far as tonight's game goes, the Celtics used an 18-2 run during the middle of the first quarter to increase the lead to fifteen and they never looked back. After increasing the lead to as much as 24 points we got to see some quality playing time from our bench players tonight. This kept most of the starters around the 30 minutes played mark, or less. The bench also got as deep as Lester Hudson, which is something we haven't really got to see very often.

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Kevin Garnett once again proved to us that he's back. Someone I never expected to say KG was back did so tonight. Celtics fans around the entire Celtics nation will slowly be hopping back aboard the KG express before you know it. Like I said in my article over at Hardwood Houdini, "Where Kevin Garnett Knee Talks Never Stop", we are continually seeing great improvements from KG, just have patience and the old KG will soon return.

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Paul Pierce also chipped in 21 points tonight, all of which came in the first quarter. Pierce kept pace with his remarkable shooting performance so far this season, going 6-11 from the field and 3-6 from behind the arc. Kendrick Perkins also played another great game (13 points 8 Rebounds)?giving people more reasons to put him on their all-star ballots. Rasheed Wallace (10pts)?and Eddie House (11pts)?also came off the bench tonight to have good games of their own.

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Overall, this was a great way to finish up the road trip and head back to beantown. The Celtics have some time to rest for a few days before getting back into the action against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. Make sure to check into Gino's Jungle from now until that for more opinions on the C's play of late. Also make sure to check the site Tuesday for more info about our live chat that is quickly becoming a fun place to hang out during the game.

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Photos via Larry W. Smith/NBAE via Getty Images

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