Friday, November 19, 2010
Celtics Bump Their Collective Head
Without Kevin Durant and Jeff Green, Boston should be looking at a 20 point blowout at home against The Thunder… right?
Looks like Boston has once again underestimated their opponent and thought they could just show up and win it. But as they learned earlier in the year against Cleveland, that’s not the way this league works. After giving the Thunder life in the first half with poor decisions, weak defense, and silly turnovers, Boston had a hard time shutting them down as they proceeded to hit just about everything. Russell Westbrook, who is known as a weak outside shooter, was hitting everything throughout the first three quarters. Even offensively challenged guys like Serge Ibaka and Royal Ivey got hot when it mattered.
In the fourth quarter Boston fought their way back into it. But with injuries to Rondo, missed free throws, and lack of ball movement, they just couldn’t get over the hump. Delonte would miss a wide open three pointer that would’ve sent the game to over-time, but he’s definitely not to blame with this loss.
Doc would go on to say after the game, “ The basketball gods just aren’t going to let you get a win when you approach the game like we did tonight.”
*Kevin Garnett pulled down just 2 rebounds.
*Ray Allen shot just 3 of 9, including 0 for 2 from deep. (8 points)
Rajon Rondo is listed as day to day with his strained left hamstring.