Thursday, December 27, 2012

Celtics Give Fans Christmas Day Gift

Doc Rivers was able to get the best game of the season out of his team on Christmas day in Brooklyn, giving Celtics fans the gift they have been waiting for all season. Boston came out with a 93-76 victory anchored on great defense leading to their offense, just the way the team was built to win. The second quarter was the key to the game, which Boston won 34-18, and never looked back.
Rajon Rondo led the way for the Celts with 19 points, six rebounds, and five assists, coming up with timely plays throughout the game. Jared Sullinger and Jeff Green were huge off the bench finishing with 16 and 15 points respectively. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett scored eight each but both played large roles in the win. Pierce had 10 assists including a beautiful bounce pass to Sullinger from half court. Garnett had 10 rebounds, but most importantly held down the defensive end of the court with a pair of steals and blocks and altering countless shots. Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez were the top scorers for the Nets with 15 points a piece.
This was the most well rounded game we have seen from the Celtics all year. They were led by strong defense transitioning into smooth offense and balanced by their bench. Here is what Rivers said about the team's progress after the win; "I think we're getting better. I think we're very, very close to becoming a good team, but we're not yet." The Celtics will take a great test to see how close they are when they take on the hottest team in the league on Thursday in LA... but not the Lakers. The LA Clippers have won 14 games in a row to achieve their 22-6 record. The Clippers are everything that Boston is not: young, athletic, fast, and play above the rim. The game will be a fantastic measuring stick, but a very tough matchup for the Celtics to keep pace with.

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