Last night's game against the Bulls was amazing to watch. The Celtics just methodically dismantled the Bulls on both ends of the court. Here are a few numbers from last night's game.
The Celtics had 5 players in double figures, 3 of which were 20 or above, and 2 of which were reserves. Eddie House tied Paul Pierce for leading scorer with 22. With Quisy to bring the ball up and Sheed to spread the floor, Eddie is going to get quite a few open looks. Nice!
Shelden Williams is fitting in very well with the second unit. He had a double double last night with 10 points and 10 assists along with 2 assists and 2 blocks. The injury to Big Baby has given Shelden a chance and he is making the most of it. By the time Big Baby is able to play again, he is going to have to seriously fight for his minutes. Shelden is proving much more willing to fight inside for rebounds than Big Baby has been and Shelden is showing that he is capbable of hitting the 12-15 foot shot as well. One play that he made shows what I love about him. It was in the Bobcats game. He had fought hard inside for a rebound and came up with it. He was then given a shove and falling out of bounds, he threw the ball off of Chandler to keep possession. He is also getting to the line more than any other Celtic this season. And he is making them. He was 6-6 last night. I love what I am seeing from him.
KG played just 24 minutes. Ray Allen played just 23 minutes, making up for his 39 the other night. Perk played just 19 minutes. Pierce played the most minutes at 31, which isn't bad for him. Hopefully they will continue to get blow outs against teams that they should get blow outs against and that will keep them fresh for the teams that they will need to play more minutes against. But, with the second unit that this team has, We may see Doc resting the starters just because the bench is playing better.
The Celtics got 49 points, 17 rebounds, and 9 assists from their bench. That bench is going to be the x factor in a lot of games. I don't know of a team that has a bench that is as deep or as talented as the Celtics. I don't cringe anymore when the reserves come in. Even when Doc goes to his 3rd string, we have players who can hold their own against any bench in the league.
The Celtics had 33 assists on 43 baskets. That is simply amazing, unselfish basketball. We saw numbers like these often in the 08 season but not so much last year. They are back again and exciting to watch.
After watching the Bulls out-rebound the Spurs, the Celtics took care of business in that category also. They out rebounded the Bulls 42-36. Having Shelden relentlessly chasing down 10 rebounds off the bench helps as does having the best rebounding guard in the league in Rajon Rondo. On one possession, Rondo got 2 offensive rebounds to give us 2 extra possessions and finally a score.
And, as if watching the Celtics dismantle the upstart Bulls wasn't sweet enough. I got to watch the Mavs do the same thing to the Lakers. Mavericks 94 - Lakers 80. How sweet it is!