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The ping pong balls didn’t bounce right for the Boston Celtics in the 2007 NBA Draft Lottery. They didn’t land the top pick, and they didn’t land the second pick, either (presumed to be Greg Oden and Kevin Durant). Instead, they landed the fifth pick, and as they say…”the rest is history.”
We didn’t know it at the time, but landing the fifth pick was the absolute best thing for the Celtics. Danny Ainge brought in Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett through trades, and months later the Celtics were NBA Champions. Boston continued its defense of the crown by winning their 11th straight game, 93-78 over Oden’s Blazers.
Garnett and Kendrick Perkins each contributed double-doubles as the Celtics big men seemed to over power Portland’s LaMarcus Aldrige and Oden. Garnett finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Perk finished with 12 points and 12 boards. Oden played just over 18 minutes and added five points, six boards, and a block. Aldridge 13 points and a measly three rebounds.
The Celtics as a whole distrusted the ball quire well, as evidenced by the team’s 22 assists. The team had six players in double figures, but none of them reached 20 points. Ray Allen led the C’s with 19 points, Rajon Rondo had 16 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists, and Paul Pierce poured in 13 points. Off the bench, Leon Powe added 14 points in 18 minutes.
Brian Scalabrine grabbed a couple rebounds and missed a three-pointer in his 17 minutes. He’s earned more time on the floor while the Celtics play without Tony Allen, who missed his second straight game while nursing a sore right ankle.
The Celtics next play on Sunday against the Pacers for already the third time this season. Boston (19-2) is 1-1 against Indiana this season.