The Celtics built an early lead in part because the Wizards simply couldn't figure out a way to stop Shaquille O'Neal. It wasn't like the Celtics were force feeding him the ball. But he found open space (where Rondo delivered him the ball as usual) and created his own open space (shucking off the Wizards' young, athletic front court players with ease). He did most of his scoring in the first half, but the game was well in hand for most of the 2nd half.
In other notes:
- Rondo keeps plugging along. In past years the biggest issue with him was consistency. So far, ...he seems consistently great.
- Garnett only missed 2 (of 11) shots, and many of them were long 2's.
- Add another charge to Glen's stats. What's better, a blocked shot (where you may not get the ball back) or a charge (where you get the ball and the other team gets a foul)?
- Great to see Delonte get a little run. Seems to be feeling his way into the flow, but there were some good early signs. Especially in garbage time.
- Disappointed we couldn't see John Wall. Washington isn't very good with him and they were simply overmatched without him. That said, I'm glad that Boston didn't use that as an excuse to let them hang around.
- Fun garbage time scenes: Erden with a big dunk, Delonte assisting a Von Wafer 3 pointer, Harangody seeing the floor, Delonte bombing away from 3.
- I could go on, but this one wan't even close, so what else is there to say?
- 9 wins and counting.