Gotta hand it to the Celtics… there is no quit in this team. They had multiple opportunities to roll over and die in Denver… but they were in it right to the end. That ‘end’ was a 124-118 loss at the hands of the Nuggets… who, despite taking 49 free throws to Boston’s 28, hardly went a possession without bitching to the refs about a call.
I’m convinced that Allen Iverson has compromising photos of all of the refs in the NBA. He pushes off half the time and expects a call out of it. Frustrating.
Other quick notes:
-If you missed the end of the 4th quarter… you missed 3 straight possession that went like this: Paul Pierce posterizing the Nuggs and getting the foul, Rajon Rondo 2 hand follow slam, KG 2 hand follow slam. You also missed a goaltending call on Carmelo Anthony on Ray Allen’s 3 point shot. Weird.
– What happened to Ray Allen? He disappeared after scoring 14 in the first quarter. He finished with 20 overall.
– KG was ready to play… but he was in no shape to play. He admitted afterwards that he was winded. Doc had no choice but to limit his minutes.
– Anthony should have fouled out of that game in the 3rd quarter. He kept burying a shoulder into Paul Pierce… a clear offensive foul… but it only got called a couple of times.
– Leon Powe played 21 minutes… and finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Damn. Conversely Kendrick Perkins started and played less than 10 minutes.