|10.19.08 at 2:56 pm ET|
The Boston Celtics defeated the New Jersey Nets 83-66 behind 44 solid minutes from Gabe Pruitt. Kendrick Perkins led the Celtics with 18 point and 9 rebounds. Ryan Anderson scored 20 for the Nets. A few postgame notes:
- Pruitt was the talk of evening as Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce sang his praises. KG pointed out that Pruitt goes up against Pierce, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo every day in practice, naturally improving any player. “Playing against the Truth, giving him a good taste of what the Truth is all about will make you better,” he said.
- Nets head coach Lawrence Frank gave kudos to Perkins and called him “dominant presence in the game.” He also noted that his team got caught up in rotations, weren’t hitting their shots (31.9% FG), and failed at keeping the Celtics off the glass.
- On that note, the Celtics outrebounded the Nets 56-29. Pruitt (12 rebounds) grabbed more boards than Nets starting big men Bobby Simmons, Yi Jianlian, and Brook Lopez combined.
The Celtics will take on the New York Knicks on Tuesday night in NYC.
|10.19.08 at 2:50 pm ET|
Doc Rivers said he wanted to learn more about “3-4″ guys before he made cuts and today he’s taking a look at everyone but Sam Cassell. With four minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Gabe Pruitt, J.R. Giddens, Bill Walker, Darius Miles, and Brian Scalabrine are on the court. This lineup is without a true center so they are pressuring on the perimeter to prevent a mismatch at the hoop. And just in case you thought anything has changed since last season, the fans are still chanting “Scal-a-bri-ne” every 30 seconds.
|10.19.08 at 2:34 pm ET|
Eddie House is back at it again. After shooting 7-for-11 from three-point range on Friday night, he has quickly nailed a pair of treys at the start of the fourth quarter. The Celtics lead is now up to 20.
|10.19.08 at 2:26 pm ET|
This is going to be a fascinating year for Garnett. As we all know, the one thing missing from his career– an NBA championship–has been fulfilled. Garnett is one of the most self-motivated players I’ve ever been around, in any sport. Keeping up his intensity won’t be a problem for him.
A couple of people I talked to this summer think that he is going to be better in Year II with Boston now that he has the trophy. The theory is that while he would never admit it, not winning one was a huge mental drain on his psyche. Now that he doesn’t have to prove anything he is free to play his game without any of the press baggage weighing him down.
We shall see. Check out Jessica for the fourth quarter.
|10.19.08 at 2:17 pm ET|
Too bad Doc Rivers doesn’t like to talk and chat up other sports in town. Ask anyone who covers the Celtics, including our very own Jessica Camerato and Paul Flannery, they don’t come much better than Rivers when it comes to conversation.
Here’s just some of what he had to say before Sunday’s preseason game with New Jersey…
The Celtics close out the preseason on Tuesday night in New York against the Knicks before raising Banner 17 in the season opener against Cleveland at TD Banknorth Garden on the Tuesday, the 28th.
|10.19.08 at 2:15 pm ET|
More than five minutes have elapsed in the third quarter and the Nets have yet to just scored. New Jersey is playing without Vince Carter, Eduardo Najera, Jarvis Hayes, Stromile Swift and Josh Boone who are all designated NWT–Not With Team. (In my next life, I want that to replace personal days on my vacation calendar).
So, if you’re scoring at home, through a quarter and a half the Celtics starters have outscored the Nets’ starters 44-23.
|10.19.08 at 2:10 pm ET|
Gabe Pruitt was just about to go up for an alley-oop dunk when he slipped on a wet spot on the floor. He was down for a minute or so but is now jogging off the floor and seems to be OK. The sweat-mop guys are now working overtime.