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The Rookie Helps Celts earn 3,000th Victory
Posted By Anthony Biancaniello On Jan 7 2011 @ 10:57 pm In Boston Celtics | No Comments
The Boston Celtics earned their 3,000th victory in franchise history on Friday night defeating the Toronto Raptors 122-102, as they improve to 28-7 on the year.
Luke Harangody had a career high 17 points and 11 rebounds for his first NBA double-double. The rookie out of Notre Dame had never played more than 16 minutes in a game, but he saw significant action early in this one due to the large amount of injuries that have piled up for Boston.
Paul Pierce had 20 and Ray Allen added 17 for the Celtics who shot 66 percent from the field and scored 67 points in the first half, which tied a season high for points in a half. Harangody wasn’t the leading scorer, but was without a doubt the player of the game as he provided much needed scoring off the bench and gave Boston a lift in this game.
The big question for most Celtics now is, does Harangody see more playing time? He played 27 minutes in this game and after the performance he had, I’d be shocked if head coach Doc Rivers didn’t allow him to see the floor more. I am sure Rivers wants to see him perform at a high level consistently before he agrees that he has a very talented young forward that may even be able to compete with Glen Davis for a starting job.
Only time will tell as to what the rookie’s role is, but the Celtics will take whatever he can provide until they get some of those injured players back on the court. If he can continue to perform the way he did Friday night, I say Boston will be just fine.
The Celtics have won four straight and will head to Chicago on Saturday.
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