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The Boston Celtics finished one of the best seasons they’ve had as team since the late 1980s tonight with a 105-94 win over the New Jersey Nets. With the win the Celtics finished the regular season off with a 66-16 record overall which will give this 07-08 team the third best record in the team’s history. The only two past Celtic teams to finish with a better record were the 72-73 Celtics who went 68-14 and the 85-86 Celtics who finished with a 67-15 record.
The game itself was another night for the bench. However, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen did see less than 20 minutes each of game play. Rajon Rondo and James Posey did not play tonight though, so they could rest more the playoffs. With Rondo out for the night, Sam Cassell was able to make the start at point guard. The real talent in the game would all come off the bench in this one.
Leon Powe had a very good night off the bench racking up 27 point and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes of playing time. Powe looks to be a good go-to guy off the bench throughout the playoffs. He’ll be able to get under the basket and put up some points while the starters take a breather. Tony Allen also added 18 points in 32 minutes off the bench. On the other end of the court, Richard Jefferson had 24 points for New Jersey and Nenad Krstic had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
It was a good sign to see the Celtics bench once more come out for this game determined to win. They knew they were the first seed in the playoffs and they knew that this game did not really mean much to them, but still played to get a win. This attitude about playing that the entire team has is really going to help make the difference in the playoffs. If the Celtics go out and play to win every game just like they have done this entire month (They lost one game in April) then the playoffs should roll smoothly for them.