The Celtics have gotten rid of their morning walkthrough, but that doesn’t mean we have to. Here are a few Celtics links, and maybe even an NBA link or two, to help wake you up and get you focused for the day.
Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston – “The Celtics continue a four-game road trip Thursday in San Antonio looking to match the six-game winning streak they opened the 2009-10 season with. And they’ll do it oozing confidence. The Celtics were dominant at both ends of the floor Tuesday night, setting the tone early on the defensive end, while showcasing an inside/outside attack for which Charlotte has no answer. Sure, they did it against a Bobcats team they blew out by 33 points at the Garden earlier this season, but Charlotte was riding a four-game winning streak after the recent addition of Stephen Jackson.”
Tom Halzack, Celtics Central – “Kendrick Perkins continued his torrid play of late with 15 first half points on 6 of 7 shooting, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks. He finished with a season high 21 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 3 turnovers. Kendrick is now 21 of 24 shooting over the last three games, and 31 of 38 over the last five games for an incredible 81% rate. He is fitting into the offense perfectly and making every scoring opportunity count. Is this a sign of things to come as both Rondo and Perkins begin to emerge as the youthful, energetic representatives of the starting five?”
Associated Press, via the Globe – “With Perkins and Garnett drawing attention inside, Allen was hitting from the outside and the foul line, where he made all 10 attempts. The Celtics didn’t even need Paul Pierce (eight points) to move into a tie for the Eastern Conference lead with Orlando. “I put some baby oil on the rim,” Allen said, smiling. “I said earlier I had to just put it in, just swish the ball, not even mess around with the rim. It’s really all a body thing, just getting your legs in the air and being consistent.”
Zach Lowe, Celtics Hub – “The C’s might not play a finer half of offense than the first half they played tonight. To put up 62 points in one half while playing at a plodding pace—that’s great on its own. To do it against the team that came into the game leading the league in defensive efficiency? Wow. As the C’s picked apart the Bobcats, I found myself thinking back to how helpless the C’s offense looked at times against Orlando and shaking my head at how different a team could look in two separate games.”
Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer -”I was so angry; we didn’t compete a lick,” Brown said. “I can’t remember a game coaching this team when I felt more disappointed.”The Bobcats were equally inept on offense and defense. They shot just 40.5 percent for the game , 2-of-11 from 3-point range. But the defense – normally this team’s most reliable element – hit bottom, giving up 55 percent shooting.
Brown was shocked how willing his team was to stand around, watching center Kendrick Perkins (21 points on 9-of-10 shots) and reserve guard Eddie House (12 points off 5-of-9 shooting) take layups.
Me, Celtics Town – “All I need to do to explain to you how badly the Bobcats were outclassed is to tell you one thing: Nazr Mohammed (yes, THAT Nazr Mohammed) was arguably their best player. From my experience following the NBA, let me share some valuable knowledge with you: When Nazr Mohammed is your team’s best player on any given night, you are going to lose on that night.”
Rick Bonnell, Charlotte Observer – “Brown threw out a slew of zingers in his post-game press conference, but here’s a particularly telling one that didn’t make my game story: “You could have taken five people from the stands and run (Boston’s) stuff,” and still have beaten the Bobcats Tuesday. My. That’s one ticked-off coach.”