The Boston Celtics had to suite up against the Suns without Paul Pierce or Kevin Garnett, resulting in a clinic set up by Amare Stoudemire and Channing Frye. The duo ended up with 26 points apiece as the run and gun Suns demolished the depleted Celtics 116-98 last night in Phoenix. “When you take your best two scorers off the floor against a scoring basketball team, and your best defender off the floor, you may not win that game,” Boston coach Doc Rivers said. “So this game doesn’t affect me at all.”
What should affect the Celts is that they’re struggling with a 1-4 record in their recent road campaign. Following their Christmas day victory over the Orlando Magic, the C’s have now suffered losses to the Suns, LA Clippers, and Golden State Warriors. Garnett and Pierce are both scheduled to return in the next couple of weeks. The rest of the C’s will look to start the New Year in the right direction against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
Veteran guard Baron Davis came up huge for the LA Clippers with a fade away buzzer shot, lifting his squad over the Boston Celtics 92-90 last night at the STAPLES Center. The younger Rajon Rondo was certainly challenging the 30-year old through the majority of the game. Rondo in total racked up 20 points and six assists, but failed to hit his free throws with 1.5 seconds left to set the stage for Davis in the end.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers after the contest addressed his teams unusual lack of control down the stretch. “The free throws didn’t bother me, honestly,” he said. “I would love for Rondo to make the free throws, but I thought, for a veteran team, we played with absolutely zero composure…We just didn’t play like a veteran basketball team, and I thought it was more composure than anything else.” Boston won the first three quarters despite being outscored in the fourth by six.
The C’s will try to start up a new streak tonight against the Golden State Warriors. They are scheduled to travel to Phoenix to matchup with the Suns this Wednesday before making their way back to the TD Garden to host the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. Boston Celtics tickets are available right here at Ace!
Paul Pierce after missing his first 10 shot attempts netted 16 fourth quarter points en route to leading his Boston Celtics over the Indiana Pacers 103-94 yesterday at TD Garden. Pierce’s teammates knew better than to count him out for a clutch performance following his less than ideal start.
“Shooters believe they can shoot. They always believe it,” said coach Doc Rivers. “They can go 0 for 20, and they’re thinking the odds are on their side. That’s the difference between the average player and the great player. The average player stops shooting and turns it into a bad game. The great players are thinking after every miss, the next one has to go in.”
Kendrick Perkins picked up the slack in the post without Kevin Garnett by his side with19 points and eight rebounds. Rajon Rondo contributed all around, scoring 15 with nine assists and six steals. Ray Allen also came to play with 23 points and seven boards. Allen produced the real key play in the third quarter when he drained the go-ahead trey for Boston to hold on from there. This marked the final bucket in their 13-0 run after trailing 66-54. Garnett is expected to be back on Friday when the C’s take on Dwight Howard and the 21-7 Orlando Magic.
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The New York Knicks and Nate Robinson haven’t been on good terms lately to the point where a divorce might soon be necessary. In light of recent discussions Robinson has been rumored to emphasize his desire to play for the Boston Celtics over all other teams this regular season. The C’s are now relying heavily on Rajon Rondo to take charge with no true point guard to back him up. Marquis Daniels is expected to return from injury around the NBA All-Star break.
Robinson through 12 games contributed an average of 10.9 points from 22 minutes. The former two-time slam dunk champion hasn’t touched the floor since December 1st. “D’Antoni did not even look Nate’s way,” said Robinson’s agent Aaron Goodwin. “Sent a clear message to me that he had no intention to play Nate Robinson anytime soon.” Check back for more NBA trade updates right here with us at AceTicket.com!
Ray Allen hit the insurance three pointer in the final minute for the Boston Celtics to win over the Memphis Grizzlies 110-105 Monday at FedExForum. For the third straight season the C’s have been the first team to reach 20 wins. The contest also marked their eleventh consecutive victory, with eight of those eleven earned on the road.
The Grizzlies certainly gave Boston a run for their money. In total there were 18 lead changes and 15 ties with neither team ever leading by more than eight points. Celtics captain Paul Pierce shared a lot of respect for the Memphis organization following the game, saying “they’re right on our heels, man. If they grow together and continue to play together, they’ll be right there. It’s unfortunate that they’re in the Western Conference. If they were in the East, they would probably be a top-four seed right now.”
Every member of the Celtics starting five came to play yesterday and produced double digits numbers. Pierce led the charge with 19 with Allen and Rajon Rondo netting 18 apiece. Rasheed Wallace contributed 15 points and four rebounds off the bench. After a stretch of road games the Celts can look forward to hosting teams in Boston starting with the Philadelphia 76ers this Friday at 7:30 PM.
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Rajon Rondo slammed home the go-ahead bucket with a minute left in regulation for the Boston Celtics to win over the Washington Wizards 104-102 Thursday at the Verizon Center. Ray Allen came up with 18 points to become the 32nd NBA player to score 20,000, while Paul Pierce collected 12 to reach the 19,000 total point mark. Allen and Pierce may have stole the show in regards to their career accomplishments, but it was Rondo who held them together to pull off their 9th straight victory.
“We believe we can win games in any situation, and that’s a good sign,” said Celtics head coach Doc Rivers. “Clearly their game plan was they weren’t going to guard him. They were going to give him shots, and he took them.” Boston was up as much as 14, collectively shooting 62.9 percent by the end of the half. Washington rallied back towards the end, but Boston’s veteran experience kicked in when it mattered to close out the game.
Wizards point guard Gilbert Arenas despite his 25 point effort isn’t happy with the way things are going in Washington. “We get up for games like this. It’s the other games we have to start getting up for,” said Arenas. “Right now, we’re a bottom-feeder team.” The Wizards are scheduled to host the Indiana Pacers on Saturday as the Celtics head to Chicago to matchup against the Bulls.
Rajon Rondo came up one board shy of a triple double as the Boston Celtics went on to win their eighth straight over the Milwaukee Bucks 98-89 last night at TD Garden. All 11 of Rondo’s total points were produced down the stretch during the C’s 27-18 fourth quarter run. Kevin Garnett led the charge in scoring for Boston with 25 points. Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins netted 15 apiece with Ray Allen and Rasheed Wallace each throwing in a side of 13.
“With everybody else on the team, you kind of lose focus on Rondo a little bit,” said Bucks rookie star PG Brandon Jennings. “You’re so worried about Pierce scoring, Garnett scoring and Allen scoring. But he did a good job for them, attacking the basket, making plays. And he made some big free throws.” The Bucks will try to earn their first victory in five games tonight against the Toronto Raptors. The Celtics are scheduled to take on the Wizards tomorrow in Washington.
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Kevin Garnett scored 20 points and the Boston Celtics won their sixth consecutive contest over the San Antonio Spurs 90-83 last night at the AT&T Center. The C’s are currently the most successful team on the road with an 8-1 away record this season. “Guys are locked in, it’s a great focus right now,” said Kendrick Perkins. “Guys came on this road trip to get wins.”
Boston claimed the early ten point advantage to end the first quarter. They came up with just 16 points in the fourth as the defense stepped up, holding San Antonio to 20 to solidify the victory. Rajon Rondo played floor general yesterday with 12 points, 12 assists and six rebounds. Ray Allen and Rasheed Wallace contributed with 12 and 13.
The Celtics are set to make their last stop for now against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday before hosting the Bucks next Tuesday. “That’s the make or break of the trip,” said Rasheed Wallace. “It’ll be a downer if we don’t go in there tomorrow and come out with a W.” Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
Ray Allen caught fire with 27 points, hitting five of six from downtown as the Boston Celtics went on to defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 108-90 last night at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Celtics are starting to look like the premier team people witnessed during the seasons initial games when they started out at 6-0. Celtics head coach Doc Rivers saw Allen as yesterday’s clear MVP choice, saying “Ray made shots early. When your shooter makes shots, the floor opens a little bit more for you. It opened up our low-post game.”
The C’s were in control from the jump, walking into the locker room with a 23 point lead at the half. Charlotte won the remaining two quarters despite their lack of success early on. “You could have taken five people from the stands and they’d have run their stuff and I think it would have been just as competitive,” said Bobcats coach Larry Brown. “It was like the varsity against the JV.”
Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins contributed with 21 and 16 to cover the majority of the scoring behind Allen. During the post-game conference Gerald Wallace said “I think even Doc Rivers had 12 points.” Boston is scheduled to matchup with the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, December 3rd.
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Kevin Garnett led his team with 24 points (11 of 12 shooting) as the Boston Celtics went on to defeat Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat 92-85 last night at American Airlines Arena. The game was tight down the stretch until Ray Allen supplied final dagger 3-ball with 1:38 left to play. “You never can take anything for granted,” said Allen. “Every win is much needed. So you just have to create momentum. That’s important.”
Rajon Rondo controlled the tempo once again for Boston with 13 points and 11 assists. Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins produced 31 combined as Allen followed up with 11. The C’s have three more road games ahead this week against the Charlotte Bobcats, San Antonio Spurs, and Oklahoma City Thunder before making their way back to Boston to face the Milwaukee Bucks December 8th.
Wade netted a game-high 27 points and Michael Beasley finished with 18 for Miami. The Heat have lost five of their last seven but certainly show better than their record. “Tonight, there’s a lot of good things in a loss,” said Wade. “We were right there. The seasoned team, the veteran team made the plays they had to make at the end. They made the shots we had to make. We had good shots. We just didn’t make them and we missed free throws as well.” Miami will next travel to Portland to matchup with the Trail Blazers on Tuesday, December 1st.