C’s Continue to Roll, Stomp 76ers 105-74
Posted by r1zzo23 on November 3, 2009
Another game, another blow out and I enjoyed every minute of it. The team came out very sloppy and fell behind 10-4 to start the game and ended up coming back and taking a two-point lead after the first quarter. The second team really took this game and put Philadelphia away in the 2nd period. Rasheed Wallace, Eddie House and Marquis Daniels all went to work in the quarter and allowed the Celtics to take an 8-point lead into the half. ‘Sheed and House were draining threes while Daniels went to work on Jason Kapono, who had no chance to stop him whatsoever.
The third quarter allowed the Celtics to extend the lead to 15 points, but it could have been so much more. The defense was stifling all game, holding the 76ers to just 36.2% shooting on the night, but watching the Celtics on offense in the third period was downright ugly at times. They were turning the ball over on almost every other possession (or so it seemed) and that’s what kept them from really blowing them out earlier than they did.
One huge number that stood out was the Celtics’ bench scoring 62 points. Philadelphia’s bench, on the other hand, only chipped in for 25 points. This is going to be how this team wins a bunch of games this season. Even when the starters come out and don’t exactly play well, you have faith that this bench will not only even the game up against the opposing bench, but they can easily take the game over.
One game after Rondo’s big extension, he only had five assists, but he played a great game. He was all over the place on defense, hitting the glass (even if it didn’t result in his own rebound) and knocked down a nice jumper, which he is definitely showing a grown confidence in. With five assists, he led the team in that category as the team amassed 27 assists on their 41 baskets over the course of the game. The 27 assists are nice, but the 17 turnovers have got to be tuned down a bit.
What it comes down to is that when you’re winning so convincingly, this is the time to nit-pick on the problems. When your team is high, you’ve got to knock them down a bit in practice and point out their deficiencies. Doc voiced his displeasure in the post-game press conference about the turnovers and the sloppy play in the third quarter. He also went on to say that he called a timeout because it just wasn’t a close game and wanted to keep it somewhat respectable and organized.
Other than the turnovers, there are absolutely no complaints from me on how this game was played by the Boston Celtics. They continue to steamroll any and every team that is put in front of them. Tomorrow night, they will be on the road again at Minnesota to visit our old friend, Al Jefferson. In what should be an easy win, let’s hope we can allow our starters to rest for the entire fourth quarter again to be ready for yet another back-to-back starting Friday night at home against the Suns.