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Three fabulous things happened last night. First, the Celtics won 111-103 behind a team-high 24 points from Paul Pierce. Second, with the Celtics win im 2-for-2 on Ray Allen Guarantees (I guaranteed that the Celtics would beat the Knicks despite being short-handed). Third, Ray Allen was announced as an all-star reserve for the Eastern Conference, replacing the injured Caron Butler.
The brand new all-star scored 21 points, had 8 rebounds, and dished out 5 assists. He had two more threes in the game. James Posey chipped in 5 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists in 40 minutes after two more Celtics got injured. Brian Scalabrine started but played just over two minutes before leaving with a pulled groin. Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis also left early with what Doc called a “twisted knee.”
The all-star break couldn’t come at a better time, with Kevin Garnett (strained abdominal), Kendrick Perkins (strained shoulder), Scal (groin), and Big Babay (twisted knee) all facing injury problems. Pierce and Allen, both seemingly healthy, will be representing the Celtics in the All-Star Game which will be fun to watch.
That punk Quentin Richardson, who claimed earlier in the season that he was not afraid or impressed by the Celtics, ate his own words for the third time this season (Knicks are 0-3 vs. Celts). Richardson finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds on 3-10 shooting in 30 mintues. Those are pedestrian totals at best.
What a first “half” of the season. 41-9. 41 wins before the all-star break! They’re really just a few wins away from clinching a playoff berth in my mind. If they Celtics get to the magic number of 45 wins (just 4 more), they should make the playoffs even if they lose the rest of their games. The record is completely amazing considering how bad they were last year. They better have an Executive of the Year trophy ready for Danny Ainge, his offseason work was just incredible…