The Scalabrine Streak
|01.17.09 at 3:58 pm ET|
After a 20-point win over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday (RECAP HERE), the Boston Celtics are 5-0 with Brian Scalabrine in their starting lineup. It is an improbable stat for a player who often times was one of the last off the bench.
1-0: November 18, 2008
Celtics 110, Knicks 101
Scalabrine gets his first start of the season with Kevin Garnett serving a one-game suspension. He hits key trey late in the fourth to secure a dwindling Celtics lead. Scalabrine finishes the night with eight points and three rebounds.
2-0: January 11, 2009
Celtics 94, Raptors 88
In his first start at the center position in place of Kendrick Perkins, Scalabrine proves he’s no pushover when he holds his own in an altercation with Joey Graham. He scores seven points and the Celtics are a team-high +15 with him on the court.
3-0: January 12, 2009
Celtics 115, Raptors 109
Scalabrine scores eight of his 11 points in the third quarter to combat a threatening Raptors run. He knocks down a field goal and pair of threes in just nine minutes in front of a Garden crowd who can’t get enough of the fan favorite.
4-0: January 14, 2009
Celtics 118, Nets 86
Before the game Scalabrine says he can’t focus on the match up with 7′ Brook Lopez. Instead he focuses on the team and adds nine points and four rebounds in 27 minutes for the Celtics.
5-0: January 17, 2009
Celtics 105, Nets 85
Scalabrine continues to spread the offense and helps the Celtics get out to an 18-2 lead. Not only is Scalabrine effective at the basket (11 points, 4 rebounds), he makes James Posey-esque hustle plays to add a spark to the starting lineup.
Perkins is questionable for Monday’s game against the Phoenix Suns, which would put Scalabrine’s undefeated record on the line against Shaquille O’Neal. Even though Scalabrine was wide-eyed when he said Perkins is best suited to handle O’Neal, the feisty red-head is never one to back down from a challenge.