The Boston Celtics, on the second night of back to back games on the road, beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last night. They broke away in the 3rd quarter and kept a sizable lead for the rest of the game, but the first half was a different story. The Celtics trailed for almost the entire first half and early in the 3rd quarter. The Thunder’s stadium was described as a college-esque atmosphere and they came out on an emotional high as the crowd cheered them on.
After the Celtics took the Thunder’s best punch, they fired back and got back to doing what they do, and that’s winning basketball games. The Celtics had five players score in double digits with Paul Pierce leading the way with 20 points. Perkins, for the 2nd game in a row, scored in double digits (10) and added another four blocks and is now averaging two rejections a game. Rajon Rondo was perfect from the field (2-2), but once again could not figure out the whole free-throw thing (0-2). He is now 12-26 from the free-throw line on the season, good for 46.2%. That must change if the Celtics are going to make a run for another title this year. He did chip in with 11 assists and two steals, so his passing and defense, as we know by now, will never be affected by his offense.
Leon Powe and Tony Allen played great off the bench, scoring 11 and eight points, respectively, while combining to shoot 50% from the floor (7-14). On the other hand, Eddie House continues to struggle from the floor, connecting on just one of his four shots. Rondo’s free-throw shooting worries me, but House’s shooting woes do not. He is a pure shooter and is in a funk that we witnessed Ray Allen go through late last season and into the playoffs. I’m sure we all remember how Ray’s shooting turned out in the championship series, so I’m not too worried about Eddie.
The Celtics, now 4-1 on the young season and 2-0 at home, welcome the surpising Milwaukee Bucks (3-2) to the Garden Friday night. The Bucks should not be taken lightly as they are a much better team than perhaps expected.