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Playing without one member of the Big Three, Ray Allen, the Celtics had no problem against Allen’s old team, the Milwaukee Bucks. Boston won its 12th-straight home game and 8th-straight game overall in a 104-82 rout (NBA.com Box Score) as the C’s pulled away in the second half. Captain Paul Pierce finished with a season-high 32 points, while Kevin Garnett finished with 15 points and 7 rebounds.
So this is what the Celtics look like when one of their stars go down. I thought they were supposed to start losing every game once one member of the Big Three goes down. The 22-point margin of victory without one of your stars just goes to show how reliable the bench really is. The Celtics should be able to count on the likes of James Posey, Eddie House, Tony Allen, and Glen Big Baby Davis all season long.
In all seriousness, I do think that if the Celtics could lose any member of the Big Three, it would be the currently struggling Allen. He needs some more time with his shot and getting back into his world-class shooting form. I fear for the worse, which is having to deal with the ankles he had surgically repaired in the offseason.
Without Kevin Garnett, this team would be drastically different. The C’s dominant interior team defense would be severely weakened, and there would be nothing stopping any scorer to drive to the lane except Davis and Kendrick Perkins. No offense, but their defensive skills are nowhere near as good as Kevin Garnett.
Next up for the C’s is a date with the Raptors for the third time this season, this time north of the border in Canada. Since losing to the Celtics on Dec. 7, the Raptors have ripped off four-straight wins against Houston, Atlanta, Dallas, and Indiana. As hot as Toronto is, the Celts are that much hotter. Winners of eight in a row, the Celtics currently own the NBA’s best record at 19-2. Something’s gotta give on Sunday, and I feel it’s going to be Toronto’s win streak. I’d say Celtics should win this by 8 or so.