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On Saturday Night, the Celtics absolutely dominated the Memphis Grizzlies in a 119-89 win. It was their eighth-straigh win, and it was the second game of a back-to-back. The Celtics didn’t look that tired.
Kendrick Perkins, playing the best basketball in his life, recorded his fourth consecutive double-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks. His defensive game is getting better as he gains more confidence offensively. Could it be? Is the real Perk finally here?
Not so fast. It was the Memphis Grizzlies afterall. He has played really well and it cannot be overlooked. We’ll see how good he is when the Celtics go on thier second big west coast trip next week against the Spurs, Rockets, Mavs, and Hornets. We’re talking Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler, and….65-year old Dikembe Mutumbo…
Ray Allen had an all-star performance himself, with a game-high 23 points, including 5 3-pointers. He looked really good shooting the basketball. It helps when the Memphis defense would collapse on Paul Pierce when he crashed the lane. That made it easy to find a wide-open Ray Allen for three. That’s almost as automatic as breathing.
Memphis sure looks a lot like last year’s Celtics, including just as much tradeable talent. Rudy Gay, Hakim Warrick, and Mike Miller are all solid players. This team was very good just a few years ago with Pau Gasol and Miller leading the charge. Gasol is gone (for practically nothing) and now they aren’t so good.
Mike Conley, Jr., looks like he has promise, but I agree with Celts announcer Mike Gorman in that the Grizzlies should have never drafted Conley that high (at No. 4). There’s others that probably would’ve helped them better.
The Celtics resume action on Monday at Philadelphia to face the 76ers. Believe it or not, they are in the thick of the playoff hunt in the East, and could sneak in as a 6, 7, or 8 seed. With that said, they are not nearly as good or talented as the Celtics are right now, and this game should be well in hand.