All you need to know about the game is this: Von Wafer, Semih Erden, Luke Harangody, and Avery Bradley all played extended minutes.
New Jersey played with almost no effort and Boston rolled to its seventh consecutive victory, 100-75 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
I feel bad for anybody who paid money to see the Nets play today. In fact, I feel bad for any Nets fans in general–if there are any left after today.
Despite Avery Johnson’s pleading, the Nets refused to get back on defense, surrendering 18 fast break points in the first half, 25 for the game. New Jersey’s half court defense was just as porous, giving up 32 points in the paint in the first half, allowing Boston to shoot over 50% for the game. I can’t exagerate how awful the Nets defense was this afternoon.
Nate Robinson filled in admirably for Rajon Rondo, who missed the game due to a recurring sore hamstring. Robinson scored eight of the first eleven Boston points, leading the Celtics with 21 for the game, while also adding six rebounds and six assists.
With Rondo out, Bradley actually got into the game at the end of the first half, promptly getting blown past by Jordan Farmar while Tommy Heinsohn praised him for his defense. Not all went badly for Bradley though, as he scored his first NBA basket on an 18-foot jumper in garbage time.
Kevin Garnett continued his fantastic play over the past two weeks or so, scoring 13 points and snaring 14 rebounds in just three quarters of action. Garnett did not take the fourth quarter off, however, as he was constantly jumping up off the bench, cheering on the second and third units for any nice plays, or good effort. At one point, Erden blocked a shot and KG slapped his towel against the court, while screaming out encouragement.
Erden played well, seemingly always finding the right spot to be offensively, however, he missed four of his six free throw attempts.With Shaq sitting the entire second half due to what was reported to be a sore right calf, Erden played 19 minutes, scoring four points and grabbing five rebounds.
The bench contributed 36 points, with Glen Davis (16 points, 9 rebounds) and Marquis Daniels (10 points) leading the way. Davis uncharacteristically did most of his damage in the post, outmuscling Derrick Favors and schooling him on the block. Davis also hit a three-pointer to end the first half.
Boston led by two at the end of the first quarter, but turned it on in the second quarter, while New Jersey backed down from the challenge. Boston outscored New Jersey 30-12 in the second quarter, extending the lead to 30 points multiple times during both the third and fourth quarter.
Farmar was the lone bright spot for the putrid Nets, recording 16 points, four rebounds, three steals, and actually giving a shit. Nets “stars” Brook Lopez and Devin Harris combined for just 12 points and it seemed like they’d rather be on the couch, eating pizza and wings, than playing a basketball game. Heralded rookie Favors scored 10 points, but was abused defensively and committed five (bad) fouls, three of them coming within a minute of each other.
The Celtics will head home with the Eastern Conference’s best record (trailing only the 16-3 Spurs), to host the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.