Monday, November 22, 2010
Shaq Leads C’s As They Fly Past The Hawks
Boston beats Atlanta 99-76 and it wasn’t even that close. The Celtics came out with a fire in their eyes and led from start to finish as Atlanta appeared to give up 15 seconds in the game. Paul Pierce hit his first shot of the game, and felt love from the away crowd, that basically summed up the mood of the building.
Shaquille O’Neal had 9 points, 9 rebounds in the first half and Al Horford was shaking his head in dismay. Garnett would perform in similar fashion against Josh Smith hitting 8-10 for 17 points. But the bigs didn’t just show up with points, KG and The Black Tommy Heinsohn would help Boston outbound their counterparts 50 to 30. Replacing Rondo, Nate Robinson would have a double double with 16 points and 10 assists. In response Atlanta’s All-Star Guard Joe Johnson would attempt his patented “everyone look out, i’m scoring” play early and often, the only problem is that he hit only 2 shots all night. Every Celtic player from one through ten did their part in building a lead and keeping it. The Hawks just walked into an ambush.
This win may come as a surprise to some, but i really don’t understand how it could. This Boston team has their eyes set on the finish line, and as a result they have a bad habit of underestimating inferior teams. But no one can doubt that when they’re facing a worthy opponent they can show up and show up big. With losses to Cleveland, Toronto, and Oklahoma without Durant some “experts” will make the mistake of saying that this team is old, or that they can’t keep up with athleticism. That’s just not the case.
Rookie Avery Bradley would make his NBA debut in garbage time scoring 2 points with 1 assist, and 1 rebound.
This is a huge win, and an example of how good this team really is when they actually try. The challenge continues as their next two opponents are the lowly Nets and Raptors. Maybe we can get a few more blowouts, but those huge wins don’t come when you walk in with your swagger in full effect, you still have to put in the effort.