The Celtics dominated this game pretty much throughout in a blow out win 112-95. Pierce had 24 first half points and was pretty much unguardable.  Luke Harangody had some solid minutes off the bench with 8 points and 4 rebounds. Nate, Big Baby, Von Wafer, and Erden all made contributions as well. Nate took 8 three pointers, making three. He must have the league lead for most three point baskets attempted per minute. Garnett, Ray, and Pierce sat for much of the second half which will help them be well rested for the West Coast trip.

However,  the big story of this game was the return of Kendrick Perkins. He came in around the midpoint of the first quarter and was given a rousing 5 minute standing ovation. If there is anyone who deserves that kind of welcoming it is Perk. What a great scene at the Garden. I thought he played very well in his first game back with 7 points and 6 boards. He looks a lot slimmer than before and looked active on the glass. Great to see Perk back.

The Cavs are just a terrible basketball team. This is what happens when you have 12 role players on your team. Some people might say this is why Lebron left but the reality is all they needed was one more superstar along with Lebron and they probably could've won a title. You can't win in this league without a superstar unless you have 5 borderline All Stars like the Pistons back in 2004. But I digress. No one really impressed me from that team except Christian Eyenga who can jump out of the building.  The Cavs have now lost 18 straight games which is is quite simply horrific.

Good to see Boston take care of business tonight. They were sloppy at times but that is what happens when you play a team as terrible as the Cavs. Tough stretch coming up on the West Coast swing.  Good to see Perk back in uniform.  Next game is Thursday night in Portland at 10:30pm.

Karl Dillinger 1/25/2011 10:04:00 PM Edit
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  1. JR says:

    Perk looked so happy in his post game interview with Dickerson. Well happy looking for Perk.

  2. Three Toe says:

    poor cleveland. i remember our 18 game losing streak. they are bad, even with williams and AV. so glad perk is back! my 43 jersey is back in action now!

  3. JR says:

    At least we were trying to lose/tank. The Cavs are actually trying to win to prove that they can without Lebron. At least we had Pierce, Jefferson, Rondo and a high draft pick. Cavs are going to suck for a very long time.

  4. G-Stone says:

    Great win for the celtics, and so happy to see Perk back. I hope he doesnt do TOO much on his legs so when we play the lakers he can give pau gasol the WORKS!

  5. Tessa says:

    Not that I'm here to stick up for Cleveland, but the Cavs would be winning more games if Mo Williams/Varejao and our old friend Leon Powe were playing. They wouldn't be good, by any means, but they'd be better than they are now. Anyways, Perk looked great! The standing ovation was really touching :) and he looked really confident out there! Great to see him running the floor so fluidly.

  6. Sarah says:

    So glad to see Perk back out there :)

  7. Bohemian says:

    Perk is a beast! Welcome back Kendrick!

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