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After a long off-season, the Celtics are back again and showed tonight that they aren't messing around. Boston won their first tune-up game over Philadelphia 93-65. The whole team looked sharp, especially Ray Allen who scored 14 points in only 16 minutes, while reeling in a team-high eight boards. Glen "Big Baby" Davis and newcomer Semih Erden also impressed. Both Davis and the Turkish center poured in 13 points from the field. Erden also converted 7 of his 8 shots from the charity stripe.

The Celts came out hot, making six of their first nine shots to take a 12-2 lead. The team continued to play well and took a 19-9 point lead into the second the quarter. Captain Paul Pierce scored six of his eight points in the opening frame.

Boston continued to impress in the second quarter, and led by a whopping 27 points at halftime. Rather than letting up, the reserves continued to push and opened the lead to 70-40 through three quarters. The C's did get outscored in the fourth quarter, 23-25, but Stephane Lasme impressed by scoring 12 points and knocking down six of his seven free throws.

Occasionally the camera would shift over to the bench in the second half to show KG screaming in support of his teammates on.  All in all it was an impressive inital performance for the Celtics.  Catch their next pre-season game tomorrow night in New Jersey at 7:00 PM ET.

Stephen Bailey 10/06/2010 10:18:00 PM Edit
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  1. Zarko Paspalj says:

    Informative

  2. Anonymous says:

    ya babyyyyyy. how sick did lasme look? lakers? heat? pf celtics are gnna be a hell of a team baby. lets do this

  3. Lasme looked pretty good, made all three of his shots from the field if I remember correctly.

  4. shelbyl says:

    My impressions:

    - Our defense was simply amazing. Ok, it's preseason and Sixers weren't really a great team, but still, the energy, pressure, rotations... Sick stuff. I hope Frank fills in Thibodeau's shoes like that through the season.

    - Davis was really sharp. His atleticism, his hustle, vision... He is fired up (probably his future being his primary concern, but that doesn't hurt.)

    - Semih put on a great show. Semih always had a good basketball IQ, but his problem was more EQ-related. He would lose his focus and concentration easily, he would do sth amazing and then come up with a silly turnover 30 seconds later. Tonite, he was always alert, up and running. Offensively and defensively, a good performance.

    - Shaq was being Shaq, and even more than that. If he keeps this up the whole season, he's gonna give more than we want him to.

    - The rest of the team has picked up from where they left off. Except for Marquis, he looks much better.

    - About the remaining roster candidates: Lasme was sick. Wafer, I wasn't impressed by him at all. Mario West was just, you know, another player on the court. I'm sure that's not all there is to Wafer, but if that has been so, then he'd probably be out.

  5. I agree shelbyl. Shaq was moving better than I expected him too and 'Quis made a few nice plays. The synergy the second unit played with was what really surprised me. Quis, Nate, Delonte, Shaq, and Erden all played well together.

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