The Boston Celtics continued an undefeated preseason, holding on to a 91-87 victory against the Toronto Raptors.
- Game Notes:
- I barely know Marquis Daniels. He just looks so much more comfortable. Taking whatever the defense gives him, Daniels has been cooly efficient. I like.
- Shaq continues to look good. So far, he just fits in. The entire starting five knows how to play basketball, Shaq included. The ball movement in the first six minutes was nothing short of scintillating. I went from being somewhat peeved about being forced to watch another meaningless preseason game against a D-League team to jumping off my seat, chanting. I’ve fallen in love with this team already. The combined basketball IQ is off the charts. Every Celtic has intelligence and utter unselfishness.
- Jermaine O’Neal’s solid start. O’Neal didn’t set the world on fire and kind of looked a little lumpy, but he also played great help defense. I can get used to Jermaine erasing shots down low, and his offensive comfort level will improve.
- Kevin Garnett’s activity. Garnett still hasn’t reached double figures in scoring yet this preseason, but he looked quite active defensively. On one occasion he blocked two Reggie Evans shots, sprinted down court, caught a lead pass, and finished with a finger roll. The Garnett of old? Probably not. But it didn’t look like an old Garnett, either.
- The Nate and Delonte show. Fireworks off the bench. ‘Nuff said.
- Stephane Lasme, shapow! Anyone who saw Lasme fly on the Raptors knows exactly what I’m talking about. I’m pretty sure Lasme has trampolines inside his shoes. He also could be making a late charge for a roster spot, earning more playing time (9 minutes) than either Von Wafer (3 minutes) or Mario West (DNP). Still, Lasme has to be considered the underdog. He’s not even close to a natural small forward, where the Celtics most need help.
- Big Baby left the game early. A nose contusion limited Big Baby to only five minutes. I can’t imagine he’ll miss any more time with it.
- Avery Bradley didn’t play. For those of you wondering what Bradley can do (like I am), he’ll soon have a chance to strut his stuff. “Even if he doesn’t know the stuff,” Doc Rivers told ESPN Boston, “he needs [to play]. Just to break the glass and go play a little bit.”
- On the rebound. Three games down, three times the Celtics have led the rebounding battle. Let’s make this a trend, please, Celtics, even if tonight’s rebounding total was unremarkable. My three younger brothers and I could out-rebound Softy Bargnani and co.
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