Celtics Slide by Nets

The Nets offered much more resistance than the 76ers did last night, but the Celtics still prevailed, 96-92, moving to 2-0 in preseason action. The Celtics have a number of three-point field goal threats on the roster (Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Delonte West, Nate Robinson, etc.), but it was one of the more unlikely guys - Marquis Daniels - who buried the game-winning three-pointer from the left corner with 35 ticks left. Robinson helped to seal things off with two free throws with 15.7 seconds remaining. 

  • Brook Lopez got off to a hot start for New Jersey, scoring 13 first quarter points as the Nets led 28-19 after the first frame. 
  • The Celtics responded mightily in the second quarter (a 10-0 run to start), on the shoulders of Glen Davis, Nate Robinson, and Delonte West. The trio scored 33 of Boston's 37 second quarter points, pacing the Celtics to a 56-54 lead at halftime. Robinson and West, who were both much more aggressive in their shot taking tonight, combined to score 19 straight Celtic points from the 7:11 mark to the 2:12 mark of the second frame. 
  • Great to see Delonte (12 second quarter points) and Nate (nine second quarter points) looking for their respective shots. Tonight was definitely a sign that these two can work well off of one another. They both utilized some beefy screens from Davis. 
  • Efficient night for Paul Pierce...15 points in 16 minutes on 6-11 shooting. Also grabbed six rebounds. The Celtics would really benefit this season from Pierce being more assertive on the glass. It would add another rebounding threat to their already sizeable front court. 

  • Von Wafer looked pretty lost out there tonight. He picked up a technical foul midway through the fourth quarter (his second technical in as many games) and Doc inserted Mario West immediately. Wafer's probably not doing himself any favors by picking up those techs. For the second straight night he failed to take a shot. 
  • Stephane Lasme might not have had the scoring outburst that he did last night against Philly, but he still put forth noteworthy energy on defense and on the glass. If I had to name an early favorite for the 15th spot, based solely on what we've seen in the fourth quarters of these two preseason games, I'd have to choose Lasme. 
  • Semih Erden didn't put forth the stats he did last night (just two points and four rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter), but he still played well in stretches, making a few crisp passes and banging around in the middle with the likes of Brook Lopez. If nothing else, you can't claim Erden's a soft player. He goes hard, and doesn't seem to shy away from the physicality that's often present in NBA games. 
  • Here's Glen Davis's shot chart from tonight (scroll down in the 'All Players' tab). He attacked the rim and utilized the jump shot we didn't see a whole lot of last season. More importantly, his shots didn't stagnate the offense by any means. Almost everything he did tonight came within the flow of the game. He's taking advantage of the minutes he's been given thus far and has put in two noteworthy preseason games. 
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