Celtics Win Laugher Against Bobkittens
Posted by r1zzo23 on October 29, 2009
The Boston Celtics came into the season saying they wanted to be one of, if not the, best defenses in NBA history. Today, they put on a performance that will be remembered for a long time. The Bobcats didn’t score more than 18 points in any one quarter and only had 41 points after three quarters of play. Those are staggering numbers when you really look at it. Now I know that Raja Bell, DeSagana Diop and Flip Murray, three of their more veteran players, didn’t play, but any professional basketball team that is a member of the NBA should be able to muster at least 60 points in a game.
Does this game speak more of how great the Celtics’ defense is/can be or how bad the Bobcats were/could be? I personally think that it speaks volumes about how stingy Boston can be on the defensive side of the ball. Naturally, to have such a dominant defensive performance you’re going to need the opposition to have a horrible night on the offensive end, and Charlotte did just that. The Bobcats shot just 31% from the floor, 0-10 from beyond the arc and miserable 13-25 from the “charity stripe”. Those are about as bad as of numbers as you will see the entire season. Good thing the Bobcats got that stinker out of the way.
For the Celtics, there was no real dominant performance from any one player as all 11 healthy players all saw some considerable floor time. The lone double-double in the game went to Rajon Rondo, who finished with 10 points, 11 assists as well as three steals. Four other players finished with double-digit points: Ray Allen (18), Kevin Garnett (10), Paul Pierce (15) and the offensively challenged Shelden Williams (12). Looking at the plus/minus numbers for the team, the starters were all at least +19 while the Celtics were a stunning +34 with Garnett on the floor. The starting five plus Rasheed are showing that they can be the best collection of six players in the entire league, hands down.
Now I didn’t get to see any of the second half as I was too busy dropping 30 points myself in my own game (shameless plug), but it looks like I didn’t miss much. Lester Hudson and JR Giddens both got to play some real minutes, but they only took one shot each and neither connected. I would have liked to get to see them both play to see how their stints on the floor went, but it looks as if Shelden Williams may have been the focus of the offense for the bench players.
This is yet another great win to start the season for the Celtics, but in such a different fashion than last night. We beat our rivals on their own floor last night and then came out and dominated a team that shouldn’t challenge us. This is how championship teams should play, so let’s hope this keeps up for the entire season.