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It’s amazing how well the Celtics have played without the injured Kevin Garnett. The C’s are now 6-2 without their star forward, including a 104-97 win over the Indiana Pacers. Paul Pierce shined in the win and finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Leon Powe also has stepped his game up in the absence of Kevin Garnett. He made his second start of the season at center last night (for the injured Kendrick Perkins) and finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds. He has really come on strong as of late. I’ve been really impressed with his effort, and if I wrote a season report card today I would give him a B instead of a C+. No worries, I’ll have a full season report at the end of the season.
It’s also fair to say that the Pacers were playing without two of their best players in Jermaine O’Neal and Jamaal Tinsley. Both players have been injured off and on for much of their careers, so that comes as no surprise. I was the idiot who drafted Tinsely (albeit the last round) knowing his injury history. He helped me majorly in the assist category but has hurt me in FG% and the fact he’s missed a number of games. Enough about fantasy…
The Pacers evenly split up their offensive production, getting an impressive 6 players in double figures, but none of them had more than 20 points. Former Celts coach Jim O’Brien never really had offensive choices while with Boston. It was usually either Pierce or Antoine Walker. So, it appears he’s adjusted his coaching style with a different team and a different set of talent.
No matter how you slice it, the Celtics are the first team this season to get to 40 wins and are also the only team with less than 10 losses. 40-9 is an incredible beginning to this season. I’m going to slap my second Ray Allen Guarantee that they will defeat the New York Knicks in tonight’s matchup to get to 41 wins before the all-star break.