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The Celtics were supposed to be refreshed and ready to go after a nice layoff. In fact, it looked like the Nuggets were really well rested in a 124-118 win Tuesday night in Denver. The Celtics suffered their first loss against the Western Conference and are now 16-1 in that department.
Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins made their returns. Neither went particularly well: Garnett played 20 minutes and got 4 points and 8 rebounds. Perk played less than 10 minutes and had 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 personal fouls, 2 turnovers, and 2 blocks. Yeah so not that impressive.
I know I’m jumping the gun here, but could 16-0 really be a curse around here? If the Celtics go on a losing streak vs. the West, I most certainly think so.
The allure of 16-0 in basketball doesn’t mean nearly as much as it did in football. Still, the Patriots started 16-0 and lost in the Super Bowl and the Celtics jumped to a 16-0 start against the Western Conference (amazing considering there are 10 teams with a winning record out West). The Pats managed to get to 18-0 but no one will remember that. The important numbers are 16-0 and 18-1.
As far as the game went…Paul Pierce led all Celtics with 24 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Ray Allen scored 20, including 4-11 from beyond the arc. Rajon Rondo added 22.
The trio were no match for the hot Nuggets, who got 28 points from Allen Iverson and 29 from Carmelo Anthony. Former UMass legend Marcus Camby nearly missed a strange triple-double, getting 11 points, 13 rebounds, and a ridiculous 9 blocks.
The Nuggetsd just outshot the Celtics all night, and that’s simply how they emerged victorious. I guess we couldn’t expect the Celtics to run the table against the Western Conference, but it was nice for awhile. The Celtics have 6 more games out west including a game tonight against the Golden State Warriors. More on that game to come…