I’ll be able to sleep easy tonight.
For one night, at least, the gloom and doom can wait. The Celtics got a win, and they looked damn good doing it.
The most impressive stat of the night? Only two Celtics finished under 50% shooting. One was Glen Davis, and his 5-11 performance included 5-7 from the line and 15 points. The other was Shelden Williams, and he was only 0-1 in his role as Red Auerbach’s victory cigar. Every other Celtic made at least half of his shots, and Williams was also the only Celtic with a negative +/-.
Pretty much everybody played well for the Celtics. Rajon Rondo registered 16 points and 11 assists, and Paul Pierce notched 20 points to lead six Celtics in double figures. Nate Robinson drilled 5 out of 6 three-pointers to lead the bench.
The Garden atmosphere was quite a bit different than it had been during the Memphis game. On the way off the court at halftime, after a dominant 67-47 half, the fans who heartily booed the Celtics on Wednesday night instead gave them a rousing standing ovation. It seemed both a sign of forgiveness and a thank you, all at the same time.
Another note from the game? Indiana sucks. Any time a basketball team plays Josh McRoberts 22 minutes, and that team isn’t a high school squad, it’s a sign that the talent simply isn’t there.
Even after the nice win, Boston can’t afford to take a breather. Cleveland and its King are next on the schedule.