|Bench blues||05.18.09 at 12:56 am ET|
It was the unit that carried them time after time in this playoff run.
But on Sunday night, the Celtics‘ bench looked like the regulars — drained and empty at the end.
“Yes, did we struggle off the bench? Yes,” Scalabrine said. “I don’t know if it’s like you count on us. It’s like, once again, I always keep saying, the guys who make plays for us, they make plays for us and it’s our job to just knock shots down.”
|Perk: We just didn’t show up||05.17.09 at 11:59 pm ET|
“They took the crowd out early,” Perkins said. “Their three-point shooting was phenomenal. We looked tired, sluggish. I know guys’ hearts were there but we just didn’t really show up on the court tonight. It’s very disappointing, just for the simple fact that you don’t get opportunities to play on teams this talented.
“Nobody expected us to win (anything) anyway,” he added. “We had belief in this locker room. It looked like fatigue set in at the end of the day but they came out with all the right effort.”
|Scal: We missed KG ‘a ton’||05.17.09 at 11:57 pm ET|
Following a 101-82 loss to the Orlando Magic in Game 7 Sunday night, Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine said the Celtics missed Kevin Garnett in the playoffs. “(We missed him) a ton and I noticed it this year in the postseason more than the regular season because he’s so intelligent defensively,” Scalabrine said. “He is a special basketball player and you see it now. We’re going home and he’s sitting over there in a suit and you’re thinking what could’ve been.”
|Big Baby’s future is a matter of business||05.17.09 at 11:55 pm ET|
‘I want to be here in Boston but if the opportunity brings me somewhere else, I’ll be there,’ Davis said following the Celtics season-ending loss. ‘I love Boston, I love the coaches, I love the fans, but like I said, if the opportunity’s somewhere else, it’s somewhere else.’
Davis, a restricted free agent, has drawn attention since taking Kevin Garnett’s place in the Celtics starting lineup. He averaged nearly 13 points and six rebounds per game as a starter.
Over the course of the season he improved his game by working on his jumper. It paid off when he hit the game-winning shot over the Magic in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. One could argue that Davis has proved himself to the Celtics front office.
‘You can’t worry about that. That’s out of your hands. You’ve done your part,’ Davis said. ‘You’ve shown you can play. You’ve shown you can do the things to help your team win. So it’s up to them, what they want to do.’
Davis put free agency out of his mind and focused on the one thing he could control ‘ himself. Playing basketball was always about winning, not making money.
‘All I’ve thought about is just helping my team win,’ he said. ‘I never thought about getting paid or what they’re going to do. But it is what it is.’
|Game 7: Final Wrap||05.17.09 at 10:39 pm ET|
The Celtics championship-defending run came to an end in a 101-82 loss to the Orlando Magic on Sunday night. The Magic did their damage with 13 three-pointers and 51% shooting. Hedo Turkoglu led all scorers with 25 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter.
An often chaotic offense stifled the Celtics, who shot just 39% from the field and 4-for-16 three-point shooting. Ray Allen came alive in Game 7 to lead the Cs with 23 points.
Check back to Green Street for postgame reaction and analysis.
|Game 7: Buzzkill||05.17.09 at 10:08 pm ET|
Before the fourth quarter started the Celtics luminaries were shown on the Jumbotron. Kc Jones, JoJo White and John Havlicek were all presented one by one and the Garden was rocking.
Doc Rivers called a timeout and as the crowd sat in stunned silence. Then a “Let’s Go Celtics” chant started up in the rafters and the Garden was brought back to life. Coming out of the timeout, Stephon Marbury missed a 3-pointer and Hedo Turkoglu completed another three-point play to give the Magic their biggest lead of the night at 77-61.
Do the Celtics have one more run in them?
|Game 7: Third quarter update||05.17.09 at 10:00 pm ET|
After three, the Magic lead, 66-61.
Every time the Celtics get close enough to really put pressure on Orlando, the Magic find a way to make a play or two. With the score 54-50, Ray Allen had a look at a 3-pointer, but it rimmed out. J.J. Redick and Hedo Turkoglu then hit 3-pointers to make it a 10-point game again.
But the Celtics are hanging in there and they have the Magic to thank. Rashard Lewis missed a pair of free throws at the end of the quarter and Rafer Alston fouled Rajon Rondo while he was shooting a fade-away jumper. Then after Courtney Lee missed a 10-footer, Rondo drained a long two at the buzzer.
This sets up the classic fourth quarter situation. If the Magic are going to take a step and advance they will have to hold a lead on the road in a close-out game. The Celtics have 12 minutes to come back from yet another deficit and continue the defense of their title.
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