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I surely didn’t see that coming. We just get so accustomed with the Celtics winning every game that we get shocked when they finally lose one. The C’s couldn’t win that elusive 10th game in a row, falling to the Bobcats 95-83 at TD Banknorth Garden in their worst effort of the season. Playing without Ray Allen and Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis, the C’s lost what once was an 11-point lead, only to fall by 12 points.
Kevin Garnett scored 24 points and grabbed 8 boards, but the rest of the team did little else to make up for the hole left by Allen and Davis. Jason Richardson scored a game-high 34 points to contribute to just the fourth loss overall for the C’s. Hey, at least we know the Celtics are a roster of humans. Nobody but the Patriots are perfect, ok?
I’m not sure the C’s would’ve won even if they did have Ray Allen. As a team, Charlotte shot 48.7% from the field, compared to just 41.7% for the Celtics. Team defense has been the Celtics’ forte all season long, but tonight it was their big weakness.
As you may remember, the Bobcats shot all over the Celtics when the team visited Charlotte earlier in the season. In that game, the Bobcats shot 48.6% when Jason Richardson went 5-5 from downtown. Saved by a last second 3-pointer by Ray Allen, the Celts escaped with thier 11th win of the season.
Charlotte won last night, and should have won that game. I’d say if the ball bounces a few different ways this season, the C’s could be 31-2, with both of their losses to the now 13-21 Bobcats. But that’s all hypothetical and the truth of the matter is that the C’s are now 29-4, still in comfortable position but no one ever likes to lose.
Next up is the division-rival New Jersey Nets on the road. Jason Kidd has been on fire as of late with multiple triple-doubles in the last 10 days so expect a good game from him. Richard Jefferson has been on fire all season so expect the best from him too. This could be a tough game for the C’s, but at least the team has one full day to think about their fourth loss of the season.