Not Ready for Primetime

The standings told us Portland was the second best team in the West, which made us believe this was going to be a game tonight. That was not the case….not at all.

The Celtics overwhelmed the young Blazers tonight. The defense was suffocating. Portland shot 42%. They had 36 points at the half, 51 after 3 quarters.

Rondo (16 pts, 8 reb, 7 assists) was running at full speed tonight and he had his teammates filling the lanes. Van Gundy kept ripping Portland for their lack of transition defense – I thought he was going to have a stroke. The Celtics dominated on the break, in the paint and on the boards. This was a massacre.

When the second unit let a 20+ point lead slip away in the 4th, Doc was forced to put his starters back into the game. KG promptly ripped Glen Davis a new one. To my eyes, it looked like Big Baby was crying. Seriously.

There was a lot of  trash-talkin in this one. A lot. Paul Pierce and Brandon Roy jawed all game…and not even a 24-point deficit in the 3rd quarter could make Roy close his mouth.

Oh yeah, Greg Oden. 18 mins, 5 pts, 6 reb, 6 fouls

Celtics 93  Portland 78Box Score | Recap

Here are some things I learned from the ESPN crew:

Breen, Van Gundy and Jackson love the Celtics. They couldn’t give more compliments. Amazing how a championship can change perception.

Avery Johnson likes the Celtics over the Lakers and Cavs at this point of the season. He cited wins over Cleveland, Detroit twice and Houston.

Bill Walton called the Celtics the best team in the NBA and was adament in saying the Eastern Conference is better than the West.

Some game photos, after the jump…


6 Responses

  1. I think Big Baby has regressed a little bit from last year. I think he did not do what young guys need to do in the offseason and work on your game and stay in shape. He probably partied like a vet and he has not earned that right yet. But I do think he has the passion for the game and will not make the same mistake twice. I think next year, if he is still with the team, you will see a big improvement. I hope POB can sneak in there and take up some of the slack.

  2. watching Rondo tonight blow right past poor steve blake, I kept flashing back to the image of “Dash” from the INCREDIBLES movie zooming past his peers with a big chit-eatin grin on his face.


  3. Thats not true about Davis. I believe he spent a lot of time in Boston during the off-season, working on his game and the team is happy with his work ethic.

  4. Yeah, all I heard about Big Baby was his dedication to the weight room and how he even stayed in Waltham this summer to work on his game. He was just a little slow in reading the defense and subsequently held onto the ball too much. I would have loved to see more Pruitt, I think he has the potential to be a great role player with a little more burn.

  5. The title of this article represents big baby’s game tonight. Have you guys heard any trade rumors involving big baby?

  6. […] convincing win Celtics 24/7 C’s cruise past Portland, extend streak to 11 Red’s Army Not ready for prime time Where’s Rondo? Perkisabeast But this one goes to 11:  Celtics blaze team Oden 93-78 […]

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