After much discussion about Rondo's unwillingness to take open shots and contribute to the offense, came up big in this one. He was more aggressive than he has been all season so far and along with being more aggressive on offense, the rest of his game picked up as well. He finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals.
Doc once again opted to keep his second unit pretty much intact and went with Scal to start in place of the suspended Kevin Garnett and Scal responded with 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block along with some solid defense.
One of the keys was for the Celtics to crash the boards. Much of rebounding is effort and desire and in this game we often saw 3 or 4 white shirts going for the rebound against one blue one. The Celtics out-rebounded the Knicks 45-36.
Ray Allen had a solid game although he shot just 5-15 and was 0-3 from beyond the arc. He finished with 15 points,1 rebound, 4 assists and 1 steal.
Leon Powe led the bench to a very good night. Powe set the tone early after coming into the game and finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 block. The bench was back to earlier form as they tallied a total of 34 points and 15 rebounds in this game.
The Celtics made up for the absence of KG as a team. No one player had to play superman. Pierce finished with 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. He set the tone early with 9 points in the first quarter and then finished strong with 11 in the 4th quarter.
Tony Allen contributed 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 3 blocked shots and some defensive hustle to the win.
Perk was a beast in this game from start to finish. He scored 16 points on 7-9 shooting to go with 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks. He was aggressive on both ends of the court throughout. I love Perk!