|10.28.08 at 7:33 pm ET|
Kendrick Perkins fouled out with 3:30 left to go in the game. He posted two points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes. On the other hand, Cavs starting center Zydrunas Ilgauskas has only been called for two personals.
|10.28.08 at 7:18 pm ET|
Who said the bench couldn’t survive without James Posey?
It’s only the first game of the season but tonight Tony Allen and Leon Powe are showing they are determined to make sure the second unit stays dominant. Looks like Allen has finally learned to compensate for the explosiveness he lost after his knee injury and is driving it hard to the basket. Powe said this summer that he was working on becoming more physical and tonight he is showing no mercy in the lane. Competition will get tougher for Powe, as Anderson Varejao is hardly a physical player, but he is showing the promise to handle whatever comes at him this season.
|10.28.08 at 7:04 pm ET|
Scot Pollard was late to his own party. Since he is no longer a member of the Celtics, he wasn’t sure if he should go up and get his ring like the rest of the guys on the team during the ceremony. Instead he sat in his seat when his name was called, a little confused, before showing up fashionably late to receive his hardware.
But now that he has the ring he is happy to show it to anyone who asks. Just take the herds of fans who approached him at halftime for a peek. After regaining my vision from being temporarily blinded by all the diamonds, I caught up with Scot to see what he’s up to these days.
What did you think when you woke up today knowing you were getting your ring?
I’ve been so geeked about this for so long. As soon as I heard the ring ceremony was going to be today I obviously marked it on my calendar. There was nothing that could keep me away from coming back to get it. It’s beautiful. I was worried it was going to be too big or too gaudy. It’s huge and it’s heavy but I think it’s great. I don’t think it’s gaudy at all. It’s really huge and I’m actually really excited to be able to show it off.
How have you been filling your calendar these days besides ring ceremonies?
I am working out and really, really enjoying a lot of time with my family. I’ve been able to take my kids to school every day, pick them up. I’m just having a blast being a family guy and being able to do things I’ve never had the chance or time to do. My agent is still pounding the phone and making sure people still know I’m available and healthy. I’m staying ready, staying in shape. If something happens, it happens. If not, it doesn’t.
Are you feeling 100% now?
About as good as it can be, yeah.
So you’ve got a few more games left in you?
I’ve got a lot of years left. But I don’t know if it’s going to happen.
At this point how many teams are seeking interest in you?
I’ve had a couple of phone calls, questions, but at this point in my career it’s tough for me to say I’m going to go for a 10-day contract or a training camp contract.
And with that the ever-personable Pollard was pulled away by former teammate Zydrunas Ilgauskas to see the ring. Regardless of where he ends up this season, judging by the reception of the crowd he is more than welcome back at the Garden.
|10.28.08 at 6:39 pm ET|
At the half … Cavs 50, Celtics 43
- The Cavs have got to the line 22 times (86%) while the Celtics landed their just 13 (69%)
- Neither team is on from long-range. The Cavs are 1-for-9, the Cs are 0-for-9
- Paul Pierce leads all scorers with 14 points. LeBron James leads the Cavs with 10. Both players have attempted 10 field goals.
- The Cavs have waged a balanced attack on the glass, outrebounding the Celtics 21-18.
- Who can block KG? Ben Wallace did in the second quarter.
|10.28.08 at 6:10 pm ET|
LeBron James just lay down a “Top 10″-worthy dunk over Paul Pierce. Thanks to the mega-microphones on the rim, it sounded about a million times louder than it actually was. James is only 4-for-10 from the field so going hard inside is his best bet right now.
|10.28.08 at 6:01 pm ET|
After a minor power outage, I’m back in action. Can’t say the same for the Celtics.
They are still trailing late in the second quarter, which is what will happen when your opponents shoot 50% from the field. Another problem – the Cavs have got to the line twice as often as the Celtics. And they are hitting their free throws too. It doesn’t help that the Cs are also ice cold from the arc, going 0-for-8 so far.
Double technicals were just called on Perk and Big Z … maybe that intensity will result in a Celtics run …
|10.28.08 at 5:21 pm ET|
Delonte West battled through a lot of ups and downs with the Boston Celtics. So it’s understandable that he felt hurt after being traded in the summer of 2007. The Celtics may have had a losing record, but nothing was as bad to him as playing on the Seattle SuperSonics.
After being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, West has seemed to find his niche. After publicly coping with a mood disorder and depression, he has settled into a routine to overcome his obstacles. Now it’s back to basketball, starting with a season opener back in his old digs.
So how does it feel to be back the Garden for a ring ceremony?
“It’s alright,” West said. “Right now all I can focus on is these 15 guys in this locker room and this coaching staff and what we have to do to win tonight.”
And how about his former teammates?
“I’m happy for the guys that I spent time with, putting the groundwork in,” he said. “Other than that, you know, that’s where the happiness stops.”