|Posted by B-PAUL on January 23, 2010 at 10:39 AM|
Boston Celtics 98 Portland Trail Blazers 95
TD Garden - Boston, MA
January 22, 2009
Last night the Boston Celtics welcomed the Portland Trail Blazers to the TD Garden. The Celtics were looking to end a three game losing streak and with the return of Kevin Garnett that seemed very possible. But don't jump the gun too soon, there were a lot of things that were not in the Celtics favor. It was a Friday night, Portland is a solid team, and the way the Celtics had been playing previously you didn't quite know what to expect.
After getting another solid start the Celtics did seem to fall off a little down the stretch but unlike in previous games the Celtics played like they wanted to win the game instead of just losing all their energy and flopping on the ground. The Celtics did not earn this one easy though, Portland forced the Celtics into playing an extra quarter of basketball. A game winning three point basket by Ray Allen with 41.3 seconds remaining in the extra quarter helped the Celtics to a 98-95 victory over the Trail Blazers. The Celtics move to 28-13 on the season while Portland drops to 26-18.
After missing shot, after shot, after shot, it is hard to believe that Ray Allen was the go-to-guy in the clutch moments of the game. But like we have said before, and will say again, there is no other guy we want taking the final shot than Sugar Ray himself. It is really hard to believe Portland would let Ray even get a breath of air with 41 seconds left in the game, but they did and they paid for it.
In the long awaited return of Kevin Garnett he did just enough to help the C's to victory. Garnett played thirty minutes during the game dropping in 13 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. Not only did he add to the team statistically but the intensity that he adds was there right from the get-go. Right from his head banging on the hoop before the game it was clear that the Celtics are a completely different team with Garnett in the lineup. It is very likely that without KG the Celtics would not have had the fire power to win the game last night against Portland.
Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 24 points on the night and he really seemed to play within himself, but he also played like the superstar he is and scored when he needed to. Before being fouled out in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, Pierce shot a very solid 9-13 from the floor and 2-3 from behind the arc. Andre Miller led the charge for Portland with 28 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.
The Celtics now welcome the L.A Clippers to town on Monday evening. With an almost healthy squad ready to march out onto the parquet floor payback has to be on their minds. Earlier this year in L.A, Baron Davis hit a game winning shot that sent the Celtics out of town with a heart breaking loss. Make sure to check Gino's Jungle Monday for a preview of the game.
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