Talk about beating the odds. With both Rondo and Allen sidelined with injuries, an undermanned Celtics team left it all out on the court to win BIG against an 11-4 Orlando Magic squad last night at the Garden. The Celts held the Magic to just 56 points, while putting up 87 themselves. Struggling out of the gates this year, the Celtics have sneakily been solid defensively, ranking third in the league while holding their opponents to an average of 88.3 points. On the other hand, our woes come in the form of offense, where the C’s are ranked 26th in points scored, averaging around 89 per game. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You’re not going to compete with the best teams in the NBA when you can’t score.
Luckily the C’s proved me wrong last night, as their defense shone through. Sticking out were Avery Bradley and Sasha Pavlovic, as both stepped into starting spots and held their own defensively while also putting up a combined 15 points. If anything, last night’s win was a big mental boost for the team which has definitely been suffering harsh criticism over the past few weeks and rightfully so. The team has gone in spurts of brilliance but never quite long enough to hold out for the big wins. Example, coming within a point of Chicago in the 4th quarter just to watch Rose and crew rip our hearts out down the stretch. Anyways, there is talent on this team, no doubt. We showed last night that we can compete with the best of them. Throw Allen and Rondo back into the mix and continue blending in the newcomers with the team’s historic chemistry, we’ll be alright.
Talk about a tough road trip. 97-78…I don’t even know where to begin. Last night’s game was just plain painful in every aspect of the word. Besides the first quarter, where we showed just a bit of life, they might as well have not even stepped foot on the court. Not once was there any momentum in the Celts favor. It just goes back to Rondo being the center, figuratively, of the team. The fire just wasn’t there for him tonight like it was the past two games, hence the reason the team seemed so flat. Now, that’s a lot of negativity, and they deserve it, but I’m not losing hope. On a side note, Stiemsma looked great out there defensively, which is the role we’re going to need him to play. Six blocks in the game and solid play on the boards. Anyways, it’s no excuse and I’ve gone to it the past three games, but in the back of my mind it feels good to know that Pierce wasn’t on the court for this. The C’s need his intensity out there. They’re definitely missing the captain. I guess we’ll have to see if they can get back on the right track Friday. Maybe the return of Pierce, mixed with a bit of Mickael Pietrus and a home opener at the Garden will be what the C’s need to ignite the flame.
As the turkey comas pass, the Celtics are back in business tonight at home against the Milwaukee Bucks. The boys look to keep pace with the Bruins and continue their winning streak on what is usually one of the biggest home games of the year.
The C’s come home tonight atop the Atlantic Division to play the Toronto Raptors at the Garden. In the middle of a busy week of games, the Celtics are coming off of two straight wins after losing two in Florida. With a lot of hype coming from the B’s game in Buffalo, the 8-2 Celtics hope to keep the momentum going into the Thanksgiving weekend.
The C’s hit the road again tonight to go up against John Wall and the Washington Wizards. Despite an early breakout season by Wall, the Big Three Four look to put the Wizard’s win streak on halt. If the boys get a W tonight they’ll head home for the Thanksgiving weekend sitting comfy atop the Atlantic Division.
After a strong start to the season, the Celtics found trouble on the road in Florida this past week, losing two straight to the Heat and Magic. A Sunday win at home is exactly what the squad needed on this incredible late November day. The C’s went up against an outmatched Golden State team that just couldn’t hang with the big boys. The win today puts them back on track heading into the big Thanksgiving week.
Losing to Lebron James and the Heat is always a tough loss to swallow, but life goes on. The C’s continue their road trip tonight in Orlando against the likes of Dwight Howard and company. Nothing like back to back marquee games before heading home. Should be a good one to watch.
It’s been quite the week so far for the Boston Sports Blog. If the Celts aren’t going to be playing, someone has to make moves. With two new acquisitions, the Boston Sports Blog now has it’s own Big Three. Chris came on to write yesterday, and today I want to introduce Nolan Kartholl (@NolanKartholl), self-proclaimed alias: Big Nons. Nolan has a ton of insight on the different aspects of sports and business that will add a unique outlook to the site. He’s also a diehard Orioles fan, so feel free to express your most sincere apologies to him.
The red hot Celtics are bringing their talent to South Beach tonight in a highly anticipated national broadcast against Lebron James and the Heat, who also have yet to see a loss. The C’s aim to shut down LJ and Wade en route to snagging their 3rd straight win on the road and 7th overall. With two explosive offenses, this should be a high scoring event. Clear your schedule for the evening. You’re not going to want to miss this one!
Just like everyone else, I’m sick and tired of all the lockout nonsense. I’ve officially hopped off the “hopeful” band wagon and moved onto the hopeless one. With the reality of not having NBA games this winter, you have to wonder if it’s the end of the road for the Big Three. It kills me to even touch on this subject, but both KG and Ray Allen aren’t signed on for the 2012-13 season. That has to set off an alarm for Celts fans. We’ve become the “small-window” team when it comes to competing for Banner #18, and that window is closing. It hurts to see the potential end to something that has been so great for the city of Boston. I guess now all you can do is keep your fingers crossed.