|Flipping a switch||03.23.09 at 9:17 pm ET|
Remember when the Celtics used to go on these tidal-wave like runs and just blow people out of the building? Those were good times. It’s happening again, and in the first time in a long time.
Trailing 55-54 against the Clips, they went on a 12-0 run that extended through a timeout and saw great defense, solid rebounding, unselfish passing and big-time shot making. Just like the old days! It will be interesting to see if the Clippers are interested in responding.
|Rebounds, can’t win without ‘em||03.23.09 at 8:58 pm ET|
Sometimes the stat sheet tells you everything you need to know. This is one of those times. The Celtics are the best rebounding team in the league by Rebound Rate. The Clippers are 28th. But in the first half, the Clips owned the glass with a 24-14 edge in that department. More tellingly, the Celtics got exactly zero offensive rebounds.
|Notes and numbers: Second quarter||03.23.09 at 8:41 pm ET|
At halftime … Celtics 44, Clippers 42
How the Celtics got outscored 24 – 13 in the second quarter:
– KG: 0 minutes
– Rajon Rondo: 0 points
– Points in the paint: Clippers 12 – Celtics 0
– Second chance points: Clippers 5 – Celtics 0
– Rebounds: Clippers 14 – Celtics 6
|Notes and numbers: First quarter||03.23.09 at 8:11 pm ET|
At the end of the first quarter … Celtics 31, Clippers 18
– KG watch: 9 minutes, 8 points, 1 rebound, 1 foul
– Leading scorer: Rajon Rondo (10 points)
– Leading rebounder: Zach Randolph (5 boards)
– Leading ball handler: Rondo and Baron Davis (3 assists)
– Hot shot: Celtics 68.4% FG, Clippers 45.0% FG
|A slump for Pierce?||03.23.09 at 8:06 pm ET|
Paul Pierce has been carrying the Celtics through the second half of the season, especially in the wake of injuries to Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, but after going 3-for-16 against the Spurs and 2-for-6 against Memphis a few of the writers wanted to know if anything was up with the Captain. “He’s human,” Doc Rivers said. “Sometimes the ball doesn’t go in. I was very in touch with that emotion when I was a player.”
Before that Pierce had gone off for 37 points against Chicago and 36 against the Heat, but the bigger number has been 40, as in the amount of minutes he’s been playing in the month of March. Rivers acknowledged that he has to get that number down.
|The boys are back in town||03.23.09 at 7:46 pm ET|
It’s been 30 days … But tonight the Big Ticket returns to the Garden … Are you ready?
For the first time in over a month the true Boston Celtics starting five is taking the court. After a dramatic introduction on the Jumbotron, Kevin Garnett looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. After the lineups were announced he got in Kendrick Perkins face and shouted who-knows-what. He acknowledged each of the Clippers and then ran to the corner of the court to address the crowd, lifting fans to their feet with every point of his finger. There is something different tonight — maybe the Garden is trying new lighting — but the energy in the air is undeniable.
|And Now, Your Celtics Injury Update||03.23.09 at 7:37 pm ET|
There really isn’t one, except for maybe this. Doc Rivers said before the Celtics game with the Clippers that Tony Allen might be the closest to a return. But then he added that no one among the Allen, Brian Scalabrine, Leon Powe group is really that close to coming back. “None of them are playing any time soon,” Rivers said.
Of the three Doc is probably most concerned with Scalabrine as he has just now doing bike work. “Scal, that’s a tough one,” Rivers said. “He can’t run at all. He can’t do any conditioning. That might put him back further.”
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