Two games- two completely different Celtics teams show up.
Against Detroit, a pitiful display of sloppy shooting almost cost the Cs a well earned home loss, but in the final minute, managed to snatch a victory from an equally inept team, who hold a miserable losing percentage. Detroit managed to follow that loss with a blowout loss to the even more inept New Jersey Nets tonight.
Tonight, against Utah, a solid team with one of the better records in the NBA, our beloved Cs came out firing, with our very own captain leading the charge from the opening minute, leading to a completely one sided thrashing of the Jazz.
I love watching a blowout.
From quarter to quarter, the lead kept increasing, as the Cs were relentless tonight in the last game of their home stand.
P.Pierce knocked down 13 points in the opening frame, and each of the big three took turns making key shots, leading to a 59-41 first half.
R.Allen did most of his damage in the 2nd. quarter, while K.Garnett, just one game after returning from a 2 week layoff, took up the scoring in the 2nd and 3rd stanzas, finishing with a high of 21 points in three quarters, while Pierce finished with 20.
The bench did the rest of the damage, as the starters sat out the 4th frame [ Shaq was injured after the first 6 minutes and didn't return ] .
G.Davis had his usual solid 15 pt. game and 7 rebounds, while rookie S.Erden finished with a season high 14 points and pulled down 7 rebounds.
The team was on fire tonight, and the major difference was Garnett, who played with confidence and was his usual dominating force on defence, as well as offence, as we held Utah to about 40% shooting, while we shot 55%..
These are the Celtics that we know and love.
Lionel Gaffen / Fotomix.