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Once again the Celtics took another meaningless game and ran away with it. However, they would do it without the help of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett. Doc Rivers decided to give his all stars the night off again as the Celtics would go on to beat the Knicks 99-93 and sweep the season series against New York as a result. Regular starters Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins did continue to play throughout the game however, and helped lead the way to victory.
Rondo had a strong game on both ends of the court as he scored a double double with 23 points and 10 rebounds in 41 minutes of playing time. The amount of playing time was a little surprising, but due to injury, Eddie House did not play so Rondo needed to play more tonight. Sam Cassell also had another strong night after having one on Saturday against Atlanta. Cassell played 31 minutes off the bench and was able to put up 22 points for C’s tonight. Boston was full of good news tonight as every player who dressed was able to at least put one point up for the team.
New York on the other hand did not seem to care at all about this game till about midway through the first half. Careless jump shots were just thrown up in the air by center Zach Randolph throughout the first half and it just helped to show how sad a team the Knicks have been all season long. One spark off the bench did help the Knicks stay within striking distance of the Celtics throughout the game. Tiny Nate Robinson played a big game off the bench by leading all scorers with 26 points and 6 rebounds.
The Celtics may have considered this an almost meaningless game for them as they already have home court throughout the playoffs but it was nice to see the bench working harder then ever to still go out and win games. The mentality that the team has right now should really help the them throughout the playoffs.