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Maybe the Celtics don’t need Kevin Garnett and Glen “Big Baby” Davis? OK, that’s a little ridiculous. But for now, it’s going to help the team for the playoffs that Leon Powe is getting all the big man minutes with KG, Baby, and Brian Scalabrine out of the lineup. And it’s starting to pay dividends…
Leon Powe scored a career-high 30 points to go with 11 rebounds and three assists to lead the Celts to a 102-92 win over the Grizzlies, ending a frustrating two-game losing streak.
Powe had his tenth career double-double and second since replacing Baby in the starting lineup. Baby was replacing Scal, who was replacing KG. Either way, Powe has come up huge as the Celtics try to push for the No. 1 seed.
“Since he’s been put in a starting role, he’s been really playing well for us,” said Paul Pierce, who scored 17. “That’s what we need now, especially with guys injured. Hopefully this will carry over when Kevin gets back.”
Ray Allen added 22 points for the Green, who are 6-4 without KG in the starting lineup, falling 2.5 games back in the race for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
Rudy Gay had a team-high 26 points, O.J. Mayo chipped in 21, and center Marc Gasol added 11 points and 15 rebounds for the 16-48 Grizzlies.
Rajon Rondo was back in the starting lineup for the Celts, finishing with four points, eight rebounds, and eight assists in around 30 minutes. Stephon Marbury had his best game as a Celtic with Rondo back, scoring nine points with five asssists in 17 minutes.
The Celtics have Saturday off and take on the Bucks in Milwuakee on Sunday afternoon.