I don’t like to watch the Nets. I find their style of play boring, Kris Humphries is irritating, I don’t particularly like Deron Williams, and the ghost of “Crash” Wallace makes me sad. What makes me even sadder is watching the Celtics get slowly rolled over by a team I find an excruciating mix of uninteresting and unlikeable. Lets just skip straight to the bullet points:
- Paul Pierce was magnificent, he scored 27 points on 7-11 shooting and carried the Celtics for the entire third quarter. He was the only bright spot for the Celtics who were otherwise pretty bad all around.
- Alright not the only bright spot, Bass also put Lopez on a poster.
- Jeff Green had an awful night. He finished with 11 points on an abysmal 4-17 shooting and four rebounds in 35 minutes.
- Kevin Garnett had 11 points, eight rebounds, and four assists, but looked uncomfortable for most of the night and appeared to be rushing shots around the rim. Garnett confirmed this after the game, “I feel like I’m super-anxious around the rim, like I’m rushing shots. I can be better, and I will be.”
- Avery Bradley played just 12 minutes, spending most of the game in foul trouble. I feel for Avery, I really do, but he’s got to adjust to the referee’s and try to keep himself out of foul trouble. Bradley seems to never get the benefit of the doubt and there have been countless questionable calls against him–Pierce said after the game that “Bradley got robbed on a couple calls”. That said, Bradley on the floor playing at 90% intensity and avoiding fouls is preferable to Bradley on the bench.
- Doc Rivers implied before the game that Courtney Lee’s spot in the rotation might not be secure, probably because he’s fluctuated between terrible and non-existent for the past two weeks. Lee scored seven points in twenty seven minutes of play tonight and I forgot he existed for long periods of time.
- Shavlik played 16 minutes to Wilcox’s six and outrebounded him nine to two.
The Hawks won tonight and the Bucks lost so the Celtics appear to be a near-lock for the seventh seed and a first round matchup with the New York Knicks. The Celtics will travel to Miami to take on the Heat (minus any “injured” players) on Friday.