Saturday, January 4, 2014

Recap: New Orleans @ Boston

Ryan Anderson getting carried of on a stretcher after colliding with Gerald Wallace.
Photo Courtesy of  David Butler
The New Orleans Pelicans hung on to a win Friday night against the Boston Celtics, 95-92. The C's have now lost 6 of their lost 7 games. This W places New Orleans to one game under .500.

New Orleans was motivated to close this game out, after F Ryan Anderson was carried of a stretcher in the fourth quarter after colliding with Gerald Wallace when both players tried to secure an inbounds pass. Anderson laid on the ground for several minutes as Gerald Wallace and training staff helped him onto a stretcher. He was later diagnosed with a cervical stinger and is still in a Boston hospital as we speak. Gerald Wallace had some things to say after colliding with Anderson,

"I know the feeling. ...I've been in that situation more than one time, so I just wanted to make sure that he was fine." 

At the time of this injury, Boston was leading 75-73, but New Orleans quickly came back. Anthony Davis carried his team in the win, as he finished with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Former Celtic Greg Stiemsma filled in for Anderson and he finished with 12 points on 6-7 shooting. New Orleans will travel to Indiana next as they will take on the Pacers.

Boston entered the second half, trailing 49-43. Entering the 4th  quarter, they were behind by one point, 73-72. They scored the next four points, but couldn't close out the fourth quarter. The Celtics only made 4 of 26
shots in the fourth quarter. They continue their woes in the second half, as has been the case all season. Jeff Green has been struggling as of late, not having scored 20 points or more since December 12. He and Brandon Bass each had 16 in this one, while Avery Bradley led the team in scoring with 22.  This loss drops Boston to 13-20. They will travel to OKC next to take on the Thunder.