I know its early… but I’m noticing a little bit of a trend here. Just like the Denver game, the Hawks hung around in the first quarter. In fact, I think it was the most entertaining first quarter of the season. But just like the Denver game, the Hawks couldn’t hang around for long. True, the Denver blowout happened earlier… but this was a blowout nonetheless… 106-83 (Box Score | Recap | Highlights).
Teams might be able to hang around early… but early mistakes and missed shots will pile up quickly. Mostly, it’s because Kevin Garnett (27 points, 19 rebounds, 6 assists) isn’t giving up any second shots… and the C’s will whip off a 8-0 run before you know what hit you. The C’s weren’t very crisp early on in this game, but they were good when they had to be… and they were able to string a couple of those runs together and pull away.
Rajon Rondo didn’t have his best game (6 points, 7 assists), but Eddie House did (19 points (7-10 fg, 4-5 3pt) 5 assists) in a huge effort off the bench. Every time the Celtics needed a big outside shot, it was House that was hitting. Paul Pierce might have had the quietest 23 point game of his career… and Ray Allen had 14.
So we’re 4-0 for the first time since the 1987-88 season…. which means we’re starting to creep into those numbers we haven’t seen since the 80’s Celtics.
Bad news: Brian Scalabrine suffered a concussion after taking an inadvertent forearm to the head in the 4th quarter. He was on the floor looking like a boxer who had taken a knockout punch. Who knows when he’ll come back… but it won’t be tomorrow. And James Posey is most likely out for tomorrow too.. which makes the C’s very thin off the bench. Toss in the fact that this is the Celtics first back-to-back situation… and we might be looking at the C’s toughest test of the season.
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