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9 Reasons Why the Celtics Improved to 2-0

This is another installment of 10 Reasons… to add a different spin to each Celtics win or loss this season.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007 in Toronto
Final: Celtics (2-0) def. Raptors (2-1), 98-95
Box Score from NBA.com

Remember, there’s just 9 reasons for a reason. My 10th game note will be negative, so let me start with a side note.

SIDE NOTE: Rajon Rondo played like absolute crap. I know it’s just the second game of the season, but he was absolutely outclassed by T.J. Ford. I would consider T.J. Ford as a top-15 point guard for sure. But he’s not Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Baron Davis, or Allen Iverson. He may be one day, but not yet. He made Rondo look foolish a few times defensively. Rondo’s offensive game was atrocious. He had 2 points and 2 assists while going 0-4 from the field. Oh, and I forgot 5 personal fouls. YUCK. Anyway…

9. Raptors backup point guard Jose Calderon was deplorable off the bench, scoring 5 points while going 2-11 from the field. His poor shooting led to way too many changes of posession. His missed shots were basically turnovers, and Toronto paid the price.

8. 2nd-year player Andrea Bargnani also had a poor game. He played 34 minutes and finished with only 9 points (2-13 from the field). To be honest, a lot of players are going to shoot poorly against the Celtics this season because the team defense DRAMATICALLY improved with the additions of Kevin Garnett and James Posey.

7. Eddie House played really well in relief of Rajon Rondo, scoring 10 points and dishing out 3 assists. He also hit 2 three-pointers and had zero turnovers. That’s pretty efficient play for a point guard. He will be huge all season if he can help out like that at point.

6. James Posey had a nice debut game with the C’s. After missing the first game for suspension, Posey played 24 minutes and contributed 11 points off the bench. He played solid perimeter defense and took a few nice charges. He also set a nice pick but was wrongly called with the offensive foul. Tommy Heinsohn went crazy on the play, with reason.

5. Kendrick Perkins played a solid game at center, scoring 6 points while adding 7 boards. Nothing flashy, except Perk’s two blocked shots. Perk contributed to an overall good defensive effort by the Celtics.

4. Speaking of defense, the Raptors shot a combined 36.7% from the field. When your team is under 40%, you know you’re not getting it done. That’s less then 2 makes in 5 tries. That just wont get it done…

3. Kudos is due to Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached the game in a pinch for head coach Doc Rivers. Doc, as Sports of Boston reported earlier, missed the game due to the sudden death of his father. Tom’s gameplan offensively seemed simple; leave it to the Big Three to take over.

2. KG had another great game for the Celtics. He dominated the middle at times, and it was great to see him battle Chris Bosh all game long. His final line (23 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals) was great, but he contributed much more defensively for the C’s. He didn’t register a block, but his presence in and around the hoop all game led the C’s allowing just 78 points after 3 quarters.

1. Player of the Game goes to Celtics guard Ray Allen. He came up HUGE for the Celts all game, contributing many key 3-pointers, including the game-winner in overtime. He led all scorers with 33 points and shot an amazing 7-for-11 from 3-pt range. Ray Ray came up huge today for the C’s, especially seeing that Pierce had an uncharacteristically bad game. It seems that if one of the Big Three is off, one or the other 2 will pick up the slack. Look for this to be a recurring theme all season. 2 down, 80 to go…

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Discussion

4 comments for “9 Reasons Why the Celtics Improved to 2-0”

  1. I gotta disagree partially with your Rondo complaint. Offensively, yes I agree. But watching the first half of that game, T.J. Ford is a top 5 or six point guard when it comes to scoring. Jason Kidd isn’t a scoring threat, but Ford right now is the quickest PG in the NBA. He jacked up a lot of shots, but Rondo is probably the best PG defender in the league when it comes to quickness and Ford STILL drove by him. And you have to remember, with two quick fouls and foul trouble for the whole game, he wasn’t able to be nearly as physical as he usually will.

    Posted by Jeff | November 4, 2007, 10:22 pm
  2. OK. perhaps I undervalued T.J. Ford, I’ll give him more credit for almost beating us, but still. he did make Rondo look foolish. In fact, at the end of the game he made Pierce look foolish. I’d say T.J. Ford is top-10 when healthy, Rondo’s just not in his league. Not yet at least…

    Posted by KC | November 5, 2007, 4:29 am
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  4. I think Rondo had a off offensive game but his D appeared decent, he will need to step his game in order for Boston to be successful this season I believe he will be the determining factor on how they do this season. I personally always leave it to Vegas to determine the real probabilities of something occurring, right now the odds have the Celtics at 10/1 to win it allWWW.Wagerweb.com NBA Lines so that is a bad omen for them

    Posted by Just a Fan | November 5, 2007, 8:08 pm

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