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After playing a spirited first quarter which saw them up 4 after the period, Boston proceeded to get mauled by the Spurs for the rest of the game.
  • Celtics came out of the gates and played well in the first half, specifically the first quarter.  Credit to Rasheed and especially KG for playing with a lot of energy in that 1st period.  Garnett looked terrific, even blowing by Duncan on one possession.
  • Things began to change in the 2nd quarter as the reserves couldn't keep the lead and Boston actually fell behind by 10 points.
    • Interesting Tony Allen got in over Marquis again in the first half, which is when San Antonio took control of the game.  I think Marquis' ability to post up in a half-court offense really could've helped the Celtics tonight in that 2nd quarter.  Tony Allen's a fastbreak player and Finley's been relegated to basically being a perimeter shooter.  With Rasheed playing with the starters, it would've been nice to have Marquis' post-up game out there as an offensive option for the second team.
  • Shelden Williams played hard in his time as well, scoring 11 points in 11 minutes.  It's tough to give him consistent minutes though since as soon as they do, he'll begin fumbling passes. 
  • Manu Ginobili was the best player on the floor tonight.  28 points and 7 assists in 36 minutes.  Doc tried Ray Allen, Rondo, Tony Allen, Marquis and Paul on him and nothing worked.
  • Celts only shot 37% from 2's in this one and an abysmal 1-14 on 3 pointers.  That lead to a meager 30 second half points.  Won't win many games with numbers like that.
The Spurs just outplayed the Celtics for the final 3 quarters tonight, which was really disappointing considering how the C's started this one.  They beat Boston to every loose ball.  They really moved the ball well on offense, forcing the Celtics to go from one corner to the opposite corner because of ball rotation on multiple occasions.

This loss is very humbling.  Just when you think the team may be turning the corner with their play at home they perform this way.

The Hawks won tonight too which ties them in the standings for the 3rd spot.  It'll be a real shame if Boston can't secure that 3rd spot.  Then again a team that loses on their home floor to the worst NBA team of all time, probably doesn't deserve to get that seed.

tb727 3/28/2010 10:44:00 PM Edit
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6 Responses so far.

  1. JR says:

    Baby + Finley + Nate = a total of 2 points. Not exactly the best bench. I wonder if Danny will ever get the Celtics a real backup point guard instead of playing shooting guards there?

  2. JR says:

    Oh btw, so that I don't seem impartial I will say that Rondo had a crummy game tonight. As Rondo goes, so goes the Celtics.

  3. tb727 says:

    Yeah Rondo was pretty awful.

  4. Anonymous says:

    As I said long time ago, BB+Scal have to be traded for a better big man player.

  5. ThomasJ says:

    Not enough interest and motivation as the game went on. Rondo wasn't alone there.

    Nice bench,Danny

    Baby must be among the league leaders off the bench coming up empty in close. Being rejected and missing. He needs to develop a finesse game with his lack of lift.

  6. JR says:

    Yeah Baby definitely has that skill down pat. Pretty soon it will be named after him. In his defense he was developing a nice medium range jumper last year, but Doc asked him to play in the post this season, b/c the 7 footer with the nice post game that we signed in the offseason prefers to loiter behind the arc. I use the word loiter now, because I think it will be easier to call the police to report the crime if I use that term.

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