Another night, another low-scoring win.
I think that might become a pattern with this Celtics team. While the Bobcats clearly didn’t come to play, a lot of credit has to be given to Boston’s defense for the ugliness of Charlotte’s offensive attack. And by attack, I mean an attack of misses, bricks and turnovers.
I wondered in my game preview where the Charlotte scoring would come from, and the answer was D) None of the above. They just don’t have anyone capable of creating easy shots, and they had a bad matchup with a Boston team that thrives on making even good teams take low-percentage shots.
It’s hard to take too much from an early-season game. Or even a couple early-season games. But if you can tell one thing about the Celtics, it’s this: Their defense is going to be very, very good. It’s not often one NBA team holds another to only 59 measly points and 31% shooting.
Two years ago, the Celts had the best defense in the league and one of the best the NBA has seen in many years.
This year, they have the potential to be even better. All the additions they made this offseason (Rasheed Wallace, Marquis Daniels, even Shelden Williams and Lester Hudson) are defensive-minded players with the ability to affect a game by stopping the other team from scoring. They don’t have James Posey anymore, but Wallace and Daniels combined should provide more defense than Posey could by himself.
And on offense? Rajon Rondo continued to play great, unselfish basketball. If anyone thought he might be gunning for his own in an attempt to get a bigger contract, think again. Rondo has played absolutely selfless basketball in the first game, taking whatever the defense gives him and running the team almost flawlessly.
KG looked good, Pierce looked good and Ray looked good. Two games into the season, the world is smiling upon the Boston Celtics. 2-0. Only 71 wins to go, ‘Sheed.
Here’s a running diary from the game…
Note: Videos thanks to Red’s Army.