It feels nice to throughly dominate other teams from time to time, doesn’t it? The Celtics carried over their impressive shooting touch from last contest, absolutely torching the Wizards tonight with 65.8 % from the field. Each of the C’s starters scored in double digits and were able to rest easy for the entirety of the 4th quarter– thanks in part to their early dominance. The Wizards, already off to a tenuous start on the road, continued their woes, as they were without star rookie point guard John Wall. Wall missed the contest due to a sprained foot, an injury that has him listed as day-to-day. Without Wall, it seemed as if there was no reason otherwise to watch the Wizards, who were abysmal for 48 minutes of play.
The Wizards lone bright spot of the night came in their young guard Nick Young, who scored 20 points off of the bench–most coming in garbage time. Pierce led all scorers with 28 points on 10-16 shooting. KG had 18 of his own– as well as 7 rebounds, on a filthy 7-9 shooting effort. Ray scored 11, and Shaq continued to exert his dominance in limited play, with 13 points and 6 rebounds in 22 minutes of play. Rondo notched yet another double-double, putting up 12 points and 13 assists with several idyllic alley-oops to Kevin Garnett as he streaked to the basket.
Fortunately, thanks in part to the rout which was taking place, we were afforded ample time with our old bipolar friend Delonte West. Delonte played pretty solid ball, but unfortunately much of his time came when the game no longer mattered. While for much of the preseason Delonte was paired in the backcourt with Nate Robinson, tonight he saw time early in the contest alongside Rondo at the 2 spot. He had a nice fast break drive early in the 2nd quarter for his first two points, when he fooled the defender by going to his dominant hand (the left) for the lay-up.
To be honest this game didn’t have much going for it after the C’s mounted an 11 point lead midway through the 2nd quarter. Getting to see Gino was by far the highlight of the night for the Garden faithful. And as for us at home, getting to see Shaq’s first reaction to the madness was also priceless. Hopefully it will just be the first of many.
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Written by Michael Johnson
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