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Can you believe it? The Celtics have already reached the season’s midpoint. 41 games down, 41 games to go. Thanks to Paul Pierce’s effort in a 118-86 win over the Nets, the Celtics arrive at their season’s midpoint with less than 10 wins (like last year) and a 32-9 record.
Pierce had a really rough first half, but came alive in the third quarter. He scored 18 points in the perioid and was a perfect 5-5 from beyond the arc. In all, he led the C’s with 22 points and Kevin Garnett pitched in 20 points to help give Boston its third straight win.
The Celtics started the season 27-2, then went 2-7, and are now 3-0 on their recent streak. Maybe the Celtics need some consistency? What do you think, Paul?
“I thought we had a really big bump in the road these last couple of weeks with consistency,” Pierce said, “something we didn’t have a year ago. Maybe it’s something we needed to give us a gut check.
“When you go through something like that, you really find out what kind of team you are.”
Yes. It appears that the Celtics did need a real big punch in the gut, and they got one. Losing seven of nine to teams such as the struggling Bobcats, Knicks, and Warriors was like taking a giant sledgehammer to the gut. But, hey, it looks like the Celts may be back on track after three straight wins against division rivals.
Speaking of cold streaks, Nets guard Vince Carter had a horrible game against the Celtics. Vinsanity finished with just four points on 1-10 shooting (10%). Yikes! He also pitched in one assist, zero rebounds, and four turnovers.
Brian Scalabrine started at center for the injured Kendrick Perkins and finished with nine points, four rebounds and a blocked shot. He also went 1-3 from downtown. Perk, meanwhile, should be out for the rest of the week and be back sometime next week.
Next up for the Celtics is a date with these same Nets in New Jersey on Saturday.