I have to admit that I was a bit worried about the game against the Thunder. It would have been easy for this team to let up. Last game of a 4 game road trip. Playing in the second of back to back games after a tough win over the Spurs the night before. But they came out strong and dominated from start to finish.
I loved during the game that Mike and Donny spent time talking about Perk. They were discussing that he is only 25 years old and actually younger than their rookie, Lester Hudson. They felt that if he stays in Boston he will have the chance to be one of the Celtics greats. They listed the great Celtics centers as Russell, Parish, Perk, and Cowens. Perk played just 25 minutes in this one and finished with 13 points (5-7) with 8 rebounds and 1 block.
The Celtics had 7 players in double figures including Pierce (21), KG (23), Perk (13), Ray Allen (11), Rondo (15), House (11) and Sheed(10). KG tied Perk with 8 rebounds and won the Tommy Award. KG has that spring in his step and the intensity back in his attitude. He is getting healthy and getting his conditioning back and with them, his confidence is back as well.
The Celtics out-rebounded the Thunder 40-30. They shot 57% from the field and 53% from beyond the arc while holding the Thunder to 47% from the field and 17% from 3. The Celtics had 29 assists on 39 field goals while their defense prevented the Thunder from getting into any type of rhythm.
The Celtics are playing with intensity. They are starting strong. They are getting that killer instinct back. They are winning with defense. Their offense is clicking but when it isn't, like in San Antonio, they are still finding ways to win with their defense. The Celtics have won 7 straight and 4 in a row on this road trip. They have a 3 days off now before facing Milwaukee at home and then head out for another 4 game trip. Hopefully they will continue to build on this and not look back. They have gotten into a rhythm and all talk of them looking old is gone.
In other news, the Nets WON! They finally got their first win of the season against the Bobcats. They really aren't as bad as their record looks. They have an all star point guard and a talented center and some young talented players. They started out with a lot of injuries and then as the losing streak wore on, teams were putting out a superhuman effort to try to avoid being the first team to lose to them. Now that the Nets have won one, they should have an easier time of it.
David Stern is talking about women in the NBA. I really don't think this is a good idea. It opens the door for a Pandora's box of problems. I love the WNBA and I love the NBA. But, I think that mixing them would be asking for nothing but trouble.
Bill Walker had 14 points and 3 rebounds as the Red Claws beat the Armor 102-79 in their home opener. I'll try to post some thoughts and photos from JimFoss once he gets them up. Here is a link to Jim's recap over on Celtics Blog. He does a great job of getting us into the feel of the game. Here is a photo from the action.
Great win tonight. Great road trip. Great defense. Perk is a Beast Life is good.