Thursday, March 27, 2008

Three The Hard Way

Last night, the Boston Celtics bodied the Phoenix Suns 117-97 in front of a national audience (ESPN aired the game) to stop a two game skid and raise their record to an NBA best 56-15. They were deadlocked at 57-57 going into halftime but the Celtics clamped down on D and outscored them 60-40 in the second half of the game.

 On Friday, the Celtics host the New Orleans Hornets, the one team in the entire league they've played and not beaten. I guarantee you that David West (37 points vs. Celtics on March 22nd) will not get off too many open jumpers on that night. My sister, brother in law and mother all went to the game and I watched it at home switching back in forth between Comcast Sportsnet and ESPN.

Gordan Giricek couldn't guard a damn lamp! Steve Nash got shook by Rondo (14 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steal) all night and Kendrick "The Incredible Hulk" Perkins' 13 points, 10 rebounds (5 offensive) and a block held it down in the middle. Kevin Garnett (30 points on 12-19 shooting, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks) and Paul Pierce (27 points, 9-9 free throws, 6 rebounds and 4 assists) were unstoppable and Ray Allen was a decoy and racked up 8 assists while knocking down jumpers at opportune times (14 points on 2-4 from the three point line).

The Celtics are looking at this game on Friday as their final chance to send a message to the entire NBA that they are the team to beat come playoff time. Just 11 games left to go in this regular season while three squads battle for the honor of being crushed by the Green machine in the first round of the 2008 NBA Playoffs. Atlanta, New Jersey or Indiana? It's all good!


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