In the past few games, Doc Rivers had been experimenting with different lineups. Last night, Doc may have gotten his rotation. Delonte West, Jeff Green, and Glen Davis came up big for the Celtics the whole night. They kept Boston in the game after being down 15 to the New Orleans Hornets. The Celtics went on a 21 to 6 run in the 3rd quarter, to take the lead going into the 4th. The Celtics won 89-85 in a very emotional game.
In the 1st half the starters came out flat, just like they did against the Rockets. The Celtics found themselves in a double-digit deficit early, and it was up to the bench to respond. Jeff Green, Delonte West, and Glen Davis, were up for the task. They scored 39 of the 89 points for the Celtics, and their hustle plays and energy transferred over to the starters. Another player that kept the Celtics in the game in the 1st half, was Rajon Rondo. Rondo had 8 points and 2 assists at halftime. Even with the energy off the bench and Rajon Rondo’s scoring , the Celtics went into half down 51- 40.
In the 2nd half, the championship defense that Celtics fans have grown to love, was back. Their defense was great, Chris Paul went 0 for 9 from the field and only had 4 points. But the Celtics comeback didn’t really come from the starters. Glen Davis had a monstrous game with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Davis, along side Ray Allen, Jeff Green, and Delonte West, lead the charge and the Celtics closed in on the Hornets lead. Ray Allen’s clutch shooting was too much for the Hornets defense, and Delonte West made some very difficult shots. The Celtics took the lead, and went into the 4th quarter up 67-64.
In the 4th, the Celtics expanded the lead to 6, before the Hornets tied the game later on in the quarter. The starters came back into the game, and Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett came up big in the final minutes. Pierce wasn’t making many shots down the stretch, but his defense and hustle plays were huge. Kevin Garnett made a clutch shot near the end of the game to give Boston a 4 point lead. Like in all close games, Ray Allen made free throws and the game came to an end. The Celtics win a close one, 89-85.
One thing that stood out to me late in the game was the Celtics intensity. After losing by 19 to the Rockets, the Celtics needed a win to get their swagger back.
The last thing that I don’t really want to get into, was the officiating last night. The Celtics got the win which makes the officiating not so bad. Tommy Heinsohn is always on the refs, but when Donny Marshall from Celtics Postgame is complaining about the refs, you know they are bad. Maybe its just that we’re die-hard fans and we want all the calls to go our way, but when one call is made on one end and not the other, that’s where I think most fans have a problem.
Hopefully the refs are better tomorrow when the Celtics take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The game can be seen on Comcast Sports Net New England at 7:30.