Doc Rivers chose to go with Glen Davis as KG's replacement and it certainly worked out. Davis was large and in charge, posting 23 points and eight rebounds. He hustled his tail off once again, and was rewarded with 11 free throw attempts.
Speaking of heat, let's talk about Ray Allen. 25 points, five rebounds, and three assists. He shot 9-13 from the field, and 7-9 from three-point nation. He was lights out in the third quarter, burying five of his six three-point field goal attempts, with most coming from the left corner.
The defense we expect out of this team, even without KG, was present from the get-go tonight.
Great game overall out of Kendrick Perkins. His help defense was crucial all evening, and he grabbed nine rebounds in the process.
Speaking of rebounds, the Celtics out-rebounded the Heat 50-33. Wow.
If you're a fan of the +/- stat, you'll be happy to know that every starter was at least a +29 tonight, with Perkins registering a +43. Quentin Richardson, on the other hand, managed a -37. Loved the chorus of boos that erupted from the crowd every time Richardson touched the ball. Mike Bibby-esque.
With his team down 29-25 less than three minutes into the second quarter, Michael Finley buried a three-pointer that ended up igniting a 21-0 run for the Celtics, which led to a 16-point edge (49-33) at halftime.
The C's then followed that up with an 18-0 run midway through the third, putting them up 69-37 on a Ray Allen three-pointer.
Let's enjoy this one, but don't forget that Friday's a whole new ballgame. C's just need to keep bringing the defense.
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