Sunday, November 18, 2012
Celtics Post Their 1st Blowout Win Of The Season, Vs Hapless Raptors Of Course
There are few things left in this world that you can count on besides death, taxes and the Raptors (2-7, 1-4 away) being awful. Well at least they have a dedicated fanbase. Oh. The Celtics (6-4, 3-2 home) on the other hand are starting to look like a different team, in a good way.
After missing Thursday's game in Brooklyn, Rajon Rondo returned and put up an easy 20 assists (in 32 minutes; his 33rd straight game with 10+ assists). Jason Terry had a season-high 20 points, Paul Pierce had 19 points and six rebounds while Kevin Garnett tallied 15 points and five rebounds in 17 minutes. The best part of the final margin is that it let the starters get some additional rest going into tomorrow's game (the fourth in five days).
It might not be long until rookie Jared Sullinger is pushing to be back in the starting lineup again, especially when Brandon Bass is slumping. Sullinger recorded his first NBA double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. All the bench guys seem more comfortable as they feel out their respective roles. Jeff Green scored nine points while Chris Wilcox and Leandro Barbosa each had eight points.
Unless Toronto's ultimate goal is to lose a bunch of games every season and then make stupid draft picks, I honestly can't comprehend their team-building strategies. They actually have some decent individual players but nobody that will ever sniff an NBA All-Star Game and as we all know, the NBA more than any other sport is a star's league. Andrea Bargnani had 15 points, Jose Calderon added 10 points and nine assists and DeMar DeRozan notched 10 points. John Lucas scored 15 points off the bench with Linas Kleiza and rookie Terrence Ross checking in with 10 points apiece.
Even on the second night of a back-to-back and very busy week, the Celtics should still roll over the Pistons (1-9), one of the NBA's worst teams, tomorrow night (7:30 p.m., CSN) in Motown. Make sure to tune in after the Patriots-Colts (4:25 p.m., CBS) game ends. Former Boston assistant coach Lawrence Frank is Detroit's head coach who could be on the hot seat if his terrible team keeps playing at this pitiful level.