Thursday, February 20, 2014

The talkin' box score: Boston Celtics – Phoenix Suns 94-100

Record: 18-36

We all knew this was going to be a hard game, as Phoenix is having a really good season, but I really couldn’t wait anymore to see our guys on the court again after the All-star weekend.
And the game was worth the waiting because we fought hard on a difficult field: the way it started, it could have been a much different game, with the Suns up by 8 point right out of the gates, but we’ve been able to answer right away in the second quarter, and then we hung in there, and fell short of what could have been a really exciting victory.

Phoenix killed us on the fast break with 30 points, but we kept playing, taking advantage of every chance they gave us, scoring 25 points on the Suns turnovers and converting half of our second chance points.

Bass played a good game last night, finishing with 18 points on 7 for 12 shooting and 8 rebounds. Throughout the first three quarter, Brandon scored the ball consistently, especially in the first quarter, when everyone not named Green was having a really hard time putting the ball in the basket. He also showed some really good connection with Rondo and I’m really pleased to see that.

Sully fell short of a couple of rebounds of yet another double double. I have to admit we’re pretty spoiled with this guy by now, but Jared still finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds and a couple of blocks, and he was one of the two players that didn’t get to rest during the weekend because of the All-star game.

Rondo got the chance to rest, and he really made the best out of those days off. Last night our leader finished with 18 points, tied with Bass for the team-high, 10 assists and 7 rebounds. Eight of those points came in the fourth quarter, when he once again stepped up as our best player and became the go-to guy down the stretch. As I read on the Celtics website, don’t let his 7for22 shooting percentage fool you: Rondo shot the ball really well from mid-range, finishing 4for5; but he had some problems in the paint, where he’s been hacked all night long with no one taking notice, especially the refs.

Chris Johnson played a weird game, finishing with 7 points shooting the ball really well, but he did this all in the second quarter. He sure was a big part of our outburst in that period, but then he disappeared for the other 11 minutes.

All the guys off the bench struggle with shooting the ball last night, even if Kelly has been able to find his touch in the last period helping with 5 points and a couple of assists, and he also displayed some connection with Rondo down the stretch, which is really good to see.

The road trip isn’t over yet, as we play the Lakers tomorrow at Staples Center: even though both team are having a rough season, the rivalry is always big, and we’re a much different team compared to the last time we played them.

Let’s go Celtics

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