The Celtics made team history with their 13th win in a row and became the first team in Celtics history to start the season 21-2. Ray Allen continued his strong play with 22 points on 8-13 shooting and 5-7 from beyond the arc. The starters all were able to rest the last 8 1/2 minutes of the game which is good as they have back to back games and will face the Hornets next.
One of the reasons that Doc was able to give the starters a lot of rest in this game was the play of the bench. Tony Allen had 10 points, 3 rebounds and 5 steals. The Celtics need strong play from Tony for the team to be at its best.
Big Baby played well in this one with 9 points and 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. Leon made the most of his 13 minutes with 7 points and 5 rebounds. Patrick O'Bryant even got some run and finished with 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 1 steal. Perk finished with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block in 25 minutes.
For all those worried about Paul Pierce, you can stop now. He finished with 22 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in 35 minutes of play.
Rondo just got more motivation in that he is the only one of the Celtics' starters not in the top 10 in All Star voting. If Gary Payton's comments fired him up, this should really get him going. He finished the game with 11 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Eddie House brought energy off the bench and when the lead was cut to 10 in the 3rd quarter, Eddie's hot hand put the game out of reach. He finished with 14 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists and 1 steal.
Kevin Garnett had a strong all around game with 11 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 1 block in 27 minutes. I had to chuckle with how hard the bench players were playing at the end of the 122-88 win. You had to know they were thinking there was no way they were going to let the lead slip and have to face KG again. Much has been said about the new sleeve on KG's knee and the appearance of a limp at times. Doc insists there is nothing wrong but watching KG, you have to worry somewhat.
It is easy to notice that there are 4 green jerseys surrounding one white jersey near the basket. Where is everyone else on the Wizards? Was the sight of Scal defending the basket so daunting that they all stayed away?
Here is KG intensing on the bench. It is me or has the bench picked up their intensity since KG's little speech in the huddle the other night. I know Big Baby sure is playing with more hustle. But if I was one of KG's teammates and saw that kind of intensity on the bench, I sure wouldn't let up any.