After the Celtic's team introduction at the Garden, Paul Pierce grabbed the microphone and had a few words for the fans. He thanked the fans of Boston and expressed how much they need their support. Pierce looked up at the rafters, admiring the 17 banners. But Paul shared with the fans what's on his mind and the minds of his teammates…
Everyone in the crowd at the Garden received a green Celtic T-shirt with the word “Reloaded” on the front. Says it all. The Celtic's reloaded in the off season and they are poised to make another championship run. Boston started the season on the road against Lebron and the Cavs. Celtics beat the Cavs 95-89, their first win in Cleveland in 5 years. Great way to start the season. I love that game 1 of the year mattered. Both teams came ready to play, but the Celtics showed they have the more athletic team and the deeper bench.
After a visit to Cleveland, the Celts quickly had to make their way back to Boston for tonight's home opener against the Charlotte Bobcats. Bobcats are still in a rebuilding mode with Larry Brown at the helm. During the team introductions, Glen Davis's name received little cheer as fans showed their disappointment in the player. The new guys, Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels received a good ovation. However, it was the big man that received the loudest ovation. Of course I'm talking about KG. I'm thrilled to see him back on the court. He played well in Cleveland, but definitely had a little bit of rust which is to be expected. KG is back and all feels right in the world again. And tonight, he was the KG of old. Superb defensively.
The Celts brought a lot of energy to start the game. They jumped to an early lead and never looked back. In the second quarter, they struggled in the paint relying heavily on the three. Ball movement created a lot of open looks beyond the arc and the Celts hit most of them. Going into half time, Celtics lead the Bobcats 42-31.
In the 3rd quarter, the Celts team defense was incredible. No one on the Bobcats could get an open look. The defense created turnovers and Celts took advantage. Rajon Rondo pushed the ball up the court and made great decisions with the ball. On one assist, he was jawing with the defender distracting him and then through a bullet pass cross court to a wide open Pierce for three. Rondo ended up with 11 assists tonight. The Celtics closed the door on the Bobcats in the 3rd, going on a 17-0 run. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the Celts stretched their lead 67-41.
In the 4th with the game in hand, the starters were able to watch the game from the bench. Great stat of the game, Piece 24 minutes, KG 25 minutes, Perk 26 minutes. That's exactly what the Celtics want as they move forward into the season. The starters were cheering and lauging while watching the game from the the bench with 10 minutes left on the clock. All good things for the Celts tongiht. It was a dominant performance on the defensive end. Perk and KG were a force inside combining for 7 blocks. Celts had 5 players in double digits while the Bobcats only had one player in double digits, Gerald Wallace with 10 points. The Celtic's defense held the Bobcats to 59 points. Yes, you read that right. 59 points. The final score of the game, Celtics 92 Bobcats 59.
Boston goes to 2-0 and hosts the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. Last time these two teams met, they gave us all the greatest first round in playoff history. I know it's only been two games into the year, but the Celtics look good and I mean real good. This team should be able to do some damage. And maybe this time next year, Paul Pierce will be looking up at the rafters thinking about Banner 19.
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