Tonight's game was a game of runs. We came out flat and let the Warriors get to the basket at will and dug a hole early. Then we fought back behind some tenacious defense to cut the lead to 1 and finished the half down 5. We came out in the second half and let them build a lead again but kept fighting back. Unfortunately our lapses won out and we finished the game down 10 losing to Golden State 110-100.
Delonte started the game and played well, filling the stat sheet with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. Telfair seemed sluggish on defense and shot just 2 of 7 and finished with 5 points and 3 assists in 28 minutes, often playing at the same time as West. Rondo only came in for the last 2 minutes and finished with 1 assist.
Wally played in spite of tweaking his ankle again at the shoot around. He hurt us as much as he helped us. His jumper was flat and he clearly doesn't have his legs under him. He shot 3 of 17 and finished with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists to go with 3 turnovers. Doc should have told him to take it to the basket instead of settling for outside jumpers time after time. Green had an off night. He finished with 6 points and 3 assists in 16 minutes but didn't get all that many touches when he was in. Could be because Wally was taking so many shots.
Gomes had a decent game finishing with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Al finished with 18 points on 6-9 shooting, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 6 turnovers. He was doubled in the post almost every time he touched the ball and had trouble passing out of the double team. Perk played 10 minutes but very clearly doesn't have his timing back after the injury and will take a couple of games to get back to form.
The crowd was chanting for Powe in the 4th quarter. Doc finally put him in with just over 2 minutes to play and he finished with 5 points and 4 rebounds. The announcers were saying how glad they were that Doc didn't play him earlier. I just don't understand why this kid doesn't get playing time. He does good things when he plays and it just doesn't make sense.
Watching the Warriors play, I was getting very frustrated. They have a true fast break. They pass the ball quickly up court to beat the defenses and get easy baskets. Then I watch the Celtics walk the ball up the court and allow the defenses to get all set up. They played a little piece from Doc where he was saying that the Celtics like to run but not like the Warriors like to run. My question is why not? We have young athletic players who should be able to run the whole game. We should be passing the ball more and dribbling less and yet Doc has the PG dribble up the court after a made basket and after a miss. Powe could have made a difference in the game tonight. We desperately needed some toughness inside and that is exactly what Powe brings. The more I watch this team play, the more I am convinced that Doc is not coaching to win. Wally should not have shot 17 times when none of his shots were falling. Powe should have played. We should be passing more and dribbling less. When Telfair was falling down on defense, Rondo should have come in. Just a lot of little things that just don't make sense to me. I am certain that with a different coach, we would be a much better team and have a winning record.