|11.26.08 at 7:01 pm ET|
I’ll be honest: After that first quarter, I figured the Celtics defense would tighten up and we’d be looking at a 10-15 point game the rest of the way. Which is reason 337 why I don’t gamble. The good news for the Celtics is that a 13-point spread against a team like Golden State can disappear pretty quickly. But, as noted in the intro I have no feel for this game at all.
|11.26.08 at 6:13 pm ET|
At the half … Warriors 67 , Celtics 54
SECOND HALF WRAP: So how did this happen?
- To start, the Celtics only hit 5 field goals in the entire second quarter compared to the Warriors 12.
- Garnett was scoreless in the second, Ray Allen scored three, and Pierce had two.
- Maggette scored 11 while Jackson added six.
- The Warriors hit two free throws in the first quarter and 14 in the second.
- The Celtics, on the other hand, made 7 in the first and just 8 in the second.
- 67 first half points is the most given up by the Celtics since March 14, 2005 against the Charlotte Bobcats. They won the game 119-110.
- Another T, this time for Doc Rivers. The Celtics are leaps and bounds ahead of the rest of the league in technicals … and Doc’s still heated.
- Maggette is flat out ignoring Ray Allen and seeing only the basket in this quarter. He scored 11 second quarter points before getting a rest with 3:30 to go in the half. There’s no let up for the Celtics, though. Stephen Jackson has 18 points so far and is attacking the hoop possession after possession.
- At the timeout, the Warriors have outscored the Celtics 15-8 six minutes into the second quarter. The game is tied 43-43, led by six points in as many minutes from Maggette. The Warriors have also forced three turnovers while committing none.
- KG vs. Ronny Turiaf … I feel like I’m at the NBA Finals again.
- If Eddie House and Corey Maggette were to get tangled on the court, who do you think would come up on the winning end? Surprisingly, it was House who dealt a hard blow to Maggette under the Warriors basket. (No hard feelings, he checked to make sure Maggette was ok.) The Warriors won’t underestimate the size of EHouse.
- Rather than leave a starter on the court, Doc’s going with Scal again in the second unit. He’s on the court with Leon Powe, Tony Allen, Glen Davis, and Eddie House. The Warriors have Corey Maggette, Andris Biedrins, Kelenna Azubuike, C.J. Watson, and Ronny Turiaf.
- One thing that jumped out in the first quarter was how undersized the Warriors looked next to the Celtics. Kendrick Perkins vs. Brandan Wright? Perk’s got 75 pounds on him. So I crunched the numbers to compare the starting lineups … Celtics: 6’7, 230.2 lbs, Warriors: 6’8, 215.6 lbs. May not seem like a big difference but it sure translates into the Celtics big men doing a lot of banging around in the paint.
- The Golden State Warriors allow the second most points in the league (106 ppg), and tonight it’s easy to see why. The Celtics are on pace to score 70 points in the first half alone after aggressively attacking the paint in the first quarter. Let’s see if they run up the scoreboard in the second quarter …
|11.26.08 at 5:41 pm ET|
We are live from the Garden for tonight’s game between the Celtics and the Warriors. It’s always a little strange when teams like Golden State come to town for their annual visit. Except for that magical mini-run the Warriors enjoyed a few years ago when they beat Dallas in the playoffs there hasn’t been a whole lot to talk about or get excited about with the Warriors. What was the last memorable Golden State team? The Run-TMC crew? They kind of exist in this strange nether-world.
Anyway, Golden State suffered a huge loss when Monta Ellis hurt himself in the offseason. The recent addition of Jamal Crawford may help in that regard, but it will also probably take time for him to absorb Nellie-ball in all its glory.
If you’re not up on Andrinis Bierdrins you should be. He is second in the league in rebounding behind Dwight Howard and averaging better than 16 points and 13 boards. He’ll be a handful tonight. On with the show, and Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Read the rest of this entry »
|11.26.08 at 5:00 pm ET|
The Warriors (5-9) are sporting a new look tonight with former Knick Jamal Crawford in the backcourt. Doc Rivers said Crawford will fit right in with Don Nelson’s system and the veteran guard makes the Warriors much better than before.
One player who didn’t fit in with Nelson’s system was Patrick O’Bryant. Rivers noted that O’Bryant has spent more time with assistant coach Clifford Ray than he probably wanted to, but Ray has a proven track record of bringing out the best in big men (Al Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins). O’Bryant also worked out with Ray this summer at Ray and Robert Parish’s camp at IMG Academies.
Two days after the passing of his wife Helen, Tommy Heinsohn is at the Garden as a spectator. Donny Marshall will be working alongside Mike Gorman tonight. Helen will be honored before the game with a moment of silence.
Paul will bring you all the action from the first quarter on the Celtics Game Day Blog.
|11.26.08 at 12:30 pm ET|
If you want to avoid the holiday traffic or aren’t one for Black Friday shopping, there is plenty of NBA action to keep you occupied.
Celtics on Comcast SportsNet
Wednesday, November 26
Celtics vs. Warriors
Friday, November 28
Celtics vs. 76ers
Saturday, November 29
Celtics at Bobcats
Today at 6:00 pm and after the game
Friday at 6:00 pm
Hosted by WEEI’s Michael Holley, this week’s Celtics Now features a panel discussion with Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, and super fan Marty Joyce, as well as features on Ray Allen‘s turkey donations and the Celtics Dancers auditions. Segments include Court Vision breakdown on the ‘give and go’ and ‘HolleyWould,’ where Holley tells Celtics fans what he would have done in the NBA this week.
Tommy Heinsohn will return on Monday night when the Celtics take on the Magic at 7:30.
|11.26.08 at 6:51 am ET|
The Memphis Grizzlies may not have winning down yet but their young point guard does. Mike Conley Jr. has been dubbed the best Guitar Hero player in the NBA and now he is looking for his next challenger. If you think you can beat Conley, check out his contest on Yardbarker.com.
|11.25.08 at 1:28 pm ET|
Perkins didn’t come into the season intending to become the NBA’s new bad boy. But if people want to draw that comparison after drawing eight technical fouls in the first 15 games of the season, then so be it.
“It doesn’t matter, they’re two great players in this league so I hope so,” Perkins said following Tuesday’s practice. “Nobody is getting under my skin. I really start all the problems. It’s not like they’re starting stuff with me. I pretty much start everything.”
“I use it to get in my opponents’ heads,” Pierce said Tuesday. “I don’t use it to start anything. I use it to frustrate my opponent, sort of what Larry Bird used to do in the day, Michael (Jordan), Gary Payton, these guys. I use it more as a tactic. I’m not trying to fight anybody. I do it in practice.”
Perkins, meanwhile, has always had a fierce but quiet demeanor on the court.
“I don’t really worry about it. It is what it is. They’re either going to like me or they’re not. I’m not saying anything to them. I’m just going to go out there and play my game. I’m an emotional guy but it’s not anything I can’t change. I can control it. It’s more getting into with (other players) than anything.”
Now, this season, opposing players have chosen to ride the Celtics big man to see if they can draw him into verbal, and sometimes, physical encounters that result in technical fouls.
Well, 15 games into the season, Perkins has eight. Under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, if you collect 16, you earn yourself a seat on the bench in civilian clothes for a game.
Not what Doc Rivers and the Celtics are looking for.
“Last year was more techs toward the refs,” said Perkins, who picked up his eighth T on Sunday, jabbing and jarring with Jose Calderon in Toronto. “This year is more getting into with people. I’ve just been trying to keep my head. Last game, I wasn’t trying to get a tech. I’m trying to get it overturned.”
But in fairness to Perkins, Rivers was quick to point out that he thinks at least two of the instances should be reviewed and repealed.
“I’m concerned,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers, sounding somewhat worried about Perkins’ rep. “We’re sending a lot of the tapes to the league because a lot of the double-technicals are where someone saying something to him and he turns around and they get a double-tech. That’s, to me, where the officials have to do their job. I think it’s easy to say say, ‘double-technical’ instead of saying this guy started it. We’re going to try to get a couple of them rescinded. It won’t happen but we’re going to try.”
Rivers then had this message for Perk.
“You want them to be emotional but not be emotionally sabotaged,” Rivers said.
Perk wasn’t looking for any shelter on Tuesday, continuing his reputation on the team as a stand-up guy.
“I blame it on myself,” he said. “I’m a man. Nobody makes me do that. I do it on my own. It’s very hard because you’re emotional and you’re going to get into with sometimes, especially at the position I play, you’re going to bang with people a lot. It’s a lot of physical contact. It gets emotional at times.”