Sunday, March 9, 2014

Beantown Ballin' (3/3 - 3/9)

via ESPN

The Celtics only had to play two games this week, and to start off their week they could not grab the win against the Golden State Warriors, however they did manage to come out victorious against the Brooklyn Nets.

Golden State Warriors

In Jordan Crawford's return to the Garden, he managed 15 points on 7-12 shooting off the bench. Solid numbers, but it was great to see Crawford during the pregame talking with some of his former teammates, as indicated by the picture above. Fortunately for Crawford, and unfortunately for the Celtics, the Warriors came away with a 108-88 victory. David Lee and Klay Thompson had 18 points apiece to lead the Warriors in scoring. Normally, the Warriors are synonymous with outside shooting, but in this game they pounded the ball in the paint. A major factor in this game was the Warriors' 58 points in the paint compared to the Celtics' 32. Golden State also ran out in transition and totaled 25 fast break points compared to Boston's 11. Kelly Olynyk led the Celtics in scoring with 19 points off of the pine, and Rondo tallied 14 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 turnovers. Brandon Bass led the team with 8 rebounds to go along with 11 points.

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Brooklyn Nets

This was a strange game. The Celtics committed a season high 28 turnovers, but also outrebounded Brooklyn 62-37. The fact the that the Nets shot 4-30 from behind the arc worked to the Celtics favor as well. In fact, Brooklyn compiled the worst three point field goal percentage in NBA history with more than 30 treys being dropped. Rondo was also a huge part of Boston's winning efforts dropping 20 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. For the Nets, Joe Johnson (21) and Deron Williams (20) led the way in scoring. However, even with those two putting up 20+ the Celtics were still able to hold on for the victory.

For game highlights, click here.