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The Celtics took care of business in the final game of what has been a difficult West Coast road trip, defeating the L.A. Clippers 104-76. With the victory, according to Celtics.com, the C’s swept the whole city of L.A. (2-0 vs. Clippers, 2-0 vs. Lakers) for the first time since 2001-02. That also was the last time the Celtics were in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The C’s dominated the whole game, outscoring the Clippers en route to a 28-point victory. Even with the huge win, the Celtics had only one player log more than 30 minutes, and that was Ray Allen with 33. Kevin Garnett only played for 23 minutes, getting 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots.
In his second chance to audition for the Celtics, Sam Cassell didn’t get a chance to play because of a sprained right wrist. He’s missed the last three games with that injury. Center Chris Kaman also missed the game, out for the second straight time with a back injury. An injured Clippers team really had no chance to compete.
With reduced minutes for all, it gave the Boston bench a chance to shine. James Posey scored 17 points in 21 minutes, while Leon Powe added 12 points. Gabe Pruitt of all people even got in on the action, playing 9 minutes with 6 points (3-4 shooting).
Their last 7 quarters of the West coast trip may have been good, but I have general mixed feelings about the trip as a whole. I think it ended obviously the best way it could have — with two wins. I guess I have lofty expectations for the team still with the NBA’s best record (43-12 at the moment). I expected a 3-2 record on this trip, but what’s one regular season game, right?
Next up on the Menu is the new-look Cavs. LeBron James is there, but now so is Ben Wallace and Wally Szczerbiak. We will see if the revamped Cavs have enough to compete with the C’s in Boston. My guess is probably…it will certainly be a tight game.