Ray, Celtics Beat Rockets on Road
Posted by r1zzo23 on November 5, 2008
The Boston Celtics were coming off a horrible performance Saturday night in Indiana. With a three-day layoff and plenty of time to rest and check into their hotels in Houston, we expected to see the Celtics of last year rather than last game. Ray Allen led the way for Boston with 29 points on 11-15 shooting, with some very big buckets down the stretch. Most of his scores came against the Rockets’ Tracy McGrady, who couldn’t have guarded anyone in a phone booth last night. Anyone that was covered by McGrady had the green light to take him off the dribble, and rightfully so.
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett struggled from the floor, shooting a combined 11-30 from the field. But we all know by now that just because their shots aren’t falling doesn’t mean they aren’t having an impact on the game at hand. Pierce played outstanding defense on Ron Artest (3-16 from the floor) all night. I’m sure Ron Artest disrupted Pierce on our offensive end, but Pierce had a much bigger impact on the glass and with the pass.
Ray Allen definitely would win player of the game, but this was a great home-coming game for Kendrick Perkins who had to buy 100 tickets for family and friends. Perkins outplayed Yao Ming in all facets of the game. Yao got off to an early start with six quick points in the first quarter, but finished the game with only eight. Perk shot 7-8 from the floor, with three deep (and I use the term in conjunction with Perk’s range) jumpers. He finished the game with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks, one of which was on Yao Ming’s turnaround jumper on the block. This was Perk’s best game of the season and he is still, in my opinion, one of the best defenders at the center position in the league.
The Celtics (3-1) head to Oklahoma City tonight to get their first look at the Thunder (1-2) at 8:00 PM EST.