Ray Allen continued to struggle with his shot tonight. He shot only 4-15 from the field and up until the last second of the game was 0-5 from beyond the arc. The Celtics were down 2 with 4.9 seconds to go in the game and Bobcats had possession. House tipped the inbound pass and Pierce got the ball and found Ray Allen all alone behind the 3 point line and for the second time this season, Ray Allen hit the game winner at the buzzer. It was fun to see Big Baby rush out and carry Ray off the court as the Celtics escaped with a 96-95 win.
The Celtics didn't play particularly well. They shot only 44% and allowed the Bobcats to shoot 49%. The defense allowed way too many easy baskets. The Celtics were also out rebounded 33-32 and had 13 turnovers. It seemed the whole game that the Bobcats were out playing the Celtics. Again, I go back to last season and this is a game we wouldn't have won. The difference between young players and veterans is making the critical plays down the stretch, even when they haven't played particularly well during the game.
In a very puzzling move, Doc only played Perk 19 minutes. He was playing well and had 7 points and 2 rebounds but went to the bench and never came back into the game. KG had another big game with 23 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks.
Ray Allen finished with 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists, including the game winner. Pierce made a couple of big plays down the stretch and finished with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Rondo finished with 6 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
The Bench did a good job playing with Pierce, Allen and KG all on the bench in the second quarter. Posey finished with 14 points and 1 rebound and hit a couple of big 3's. Pollard finished with 5 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 block. House finished with 1 point, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and a huge steal to set up the game winner from Ray Allen. Scal played only 6 minutes and finished with 2 points and 1 rebound. Tony played 4 minutes and then sat out the rest of the game with a bruise on his thigh. Powe and Big Baby both registered DNPs
The Celtics didn't shoot particularly well and their defense wasn't good but still they found a way to win this game. That's what great teams do.