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Celtics-Bulls Game Blog: Fourth Quarter

12.19.08 at 7:24 pm ET

After one the lead was 12. After two, it was well, two. After three, it’s 16. So now we have a bench referendum for the final 12 minutes. That’s not entirely fair, but that’s the way this works when a team is 24-2 and on a 15-game winning streak. Obviously, they’re playing great ball, but are they any cracks in the foundation?

Let’s find out…

FINAL WRAP: That’s the ball game folks. Seventeen in a row. Blowout city. Be back for a little more in a bit.

— Huh. A Cedric Simmons sighting.

Tony Allen is bringing the ball up because Lindsay Hunter is in the game and Hunter ate up Eddie House in the playoffs last year. Doc swears that TA is a capable point in certain situations, and he showed it there, dishing off to Scalabrine for a wide-open 3-pointer.

Leon Powe has trailed off a bit after his torrid start, but one thing that will keep him employed for years is his ability take charges.

— Right, right but who cares about all that when Scal is pulling out a jump hook (bet Sam Cassell taught him that one) and Tony Allen is unleashing a Cape Wind-slam-therefore-I-am monster jam?

— This must be said: Great crowd in here tonight. I sincerely hope everyone gets home safely and that the Red Line is still running when I get out of here.

— Bad spacing on that break. Yes I’m being too negative. Yes I’ll stop.

— I think it is safe to say, however, that the bench passed this little test.

— Tough to blog during extended garbage time, by the way, and yes it is Gino time.

— So at 25-2, am I ready to revisit my column about the Celtics being better than last year? Yes, yes I am, but not yet. Let’s see what happens Christmas Day in LA first. I still think, as I said in the piece, that it’s very likely they’ll be better at the end of the year, but don’t forget that 29-3 start was historic from all kinds of numerical methods.

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