Today, my brother Buc and I went to the early (1 PM) national Celtics/Spurs game @ TD Banknorth Garden AKA The Jungle. Usually our regular ticket connect hooks us with great seats. The last couple of times we had Club seating (complete with servants that bring your food and drink) or near the floor in Section 18. Since this game was so huge and in demand, we ended up in the nosebleed section (Section 326). If I threw my keys in the air, I could've hit the ceiling of the entire stadium. We had one Spurs fan in our section and he was mad loud and obnoxious when the game got started but as the game went on he began to sink down in his chair more and more and during the 4th quarter we didn't hear him anymore at all.
The Celtics managed to pull out a hard fought 98-90 victory against the defending NBA champion Spurs (minus Mr. Longoria) while they were missing Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins (the teams' inside presence and heart of the entire defense). Rajon Rondo controlled the tempo (5 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists) while Paul Pierce (35 points, 6 rebounds) and Ray Allen (19 points, 5 rebounds) provided the offensive punch. Leon Powe (5 points, 3 rebounds) and Glen "Big Baby" Davis (9 points 8 rebounds) filled in admirably in the paint while Eddie House (10 points), James Posey (5 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals) and Tony Allen (8 points, 2 assists) provided their normal spark off the bench.
The Celtics consistently forced turnovers pushed the tempo and got into the transition game every chance they got while the Spurs tried to play the half court game with limited success since only Duncan, Ginobili and Mike Finley seemed capable of putting the ball in the hole. The national game meant fireworks indoors (smoky as hell all first half) and long ass time outs. Since KG and Perk weren't playing and it was an early game quite a few seats were bought but went unused by rich ass season ticket holders.
Scalabrine was getting it from the crowd all game cuz he kept fuckin' up whenever he touched the ball. Oberto, Damon Stoudamire, Jacque Vaughn, Robert Horry and Ime Udoka did nada all game long but foul people. The Celtics were bricking free throws left and right (Ray Allen missed two!) but they still pulled it out running away even though Ginobili hooks his defender half of the time he drives to hole and travels during the other half . The Boston Celtics are now 39-9 and the possessors of the best record in the NBA. Kevin Garnett will miss the All Star Game on the 17th and Perk will be out for a while as well.
Rest In Eternal Peace, J Dilla. He passed away 2 years ago and he will never be forgotten. See where he ended up ranking on my upcoming Top 50 G.O.A.T. Hip Hop Producers List that will come after I post my Top 50 G.O.A.T. Hip Hop Groups (duos included) List early this week.