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The Celtics got their 52nd win pretty easily Saturday night in defeating the Bucks 99-77. Kevin Garnett led the way with 19 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block in 26 minutes. Ray Allen did not play with a knee injury, but Tony Allen subbed in for him and played 26 minutes.
Luckily, the Celtics had an easy opponent so they could take some time to evaluate their bench. All starters played less than 28 minutes in the game, allowing some of the bench players to play for more than 20 minutes. Sam Cassell saw his first significant amount of action in a Celtics uniform (23 minutes), and finished with 10 points and 5 assists.
P.J. Brown also saw a lot of minutes (23:22 to be exact) and finished with 4 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. Usual suspects Eddie House (17 points) and James Posey (5 points) both saw more than 20 minutes. Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis did not play to rest and give P.J. Brown time to get used to the system.
Michael Redd led the Bucks in scoring with just 15 points (4-12 from the field). Forward Charlie Villanueva fared worse, going 4-15 with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Case and point, the Bucks just aren’t as good as the Celtics. Their 23-43 record after the game would indicate that.
The Celtics next play Monday night on St. Patrick’s Day against the San Antonio Spurs. It could be an NBA Finals preview, but the Celts must look to this game first as they are embarking on a brutal West Coast road trip. Good luck, but they probably won’t need it. The C’s are 20-8 all-time on St. Patty’s Day.