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The Celtics finished another great season with a win against the Washington Wizards, 115-107. The Big Three did not play and regular starters Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins each saw less than 15 minutes of action. As a result, the Celtics went with a creative starting five with Rajon Rondo, Stephon Marbury, Kendrick Perkins, Tony Allen, and Leon Powe.
Oddly enough, Glen Davis (who came off the bench) led the scoring with 21 points and Eddie House added 20. House also entered the record books by becoming the Celtics all-time single season leader in three point field goal percentage by shooting 44.4% from beyond the arc in 2008-09, passing GM Danny Ainge’s mark (44.3%).
As for the rest of the “starters,” Leon Powe impressed with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Powe was also named the Sullivan Tire’s 6th Star Award Winner at half time. Celtics legend and broadcaster, Tommy Heinsohn, presented him with the award.
Tony Allen added 15 points, Kendrick Perkins had 10 points, and Stephon Marbury impressed me with his 9 points and 8 assists. I have a feeling that Marbury is going to come up big for the Celtics in the playoffs now that he seems to be right back on track with his shooting after his year off from the NBA.
The Wizards, who were without Brendan Haywood, Antawn Jamison, and Gilbert Arenas, were led by their other star Caron Butler. Butler finished the night with 39 points and seven rebounds. Javale McGhee added 17 points and Darius Songaila had 10. Nick Young had 17 points off the bench for the Wizards.
The Celtics finished off the season going 62-20, just four games shy of their mark last season, and played 24 of those games without superstar Kevin Garnett. If you had told me that the Celtics would miss him for that long at the beginning of the season I would not have thought they would have won that many games. Credit is due to Doc Rivers and the rest of the coaching staff for keeping the Celtics on track and in good position for the playoffs.
Speaking of the playoffs, they will begin this Saturday and the Celtics will take their No. 2 seed and face the young Chicago Bulls led by rookie Derrick Rose. Garnett is basically a game-time decision for the Celtics for Game 1 and will be examined further during their practice on Thursday. Brian Scalabrine will also most likely not play in the first round as his doctors have him set up on a very strict schedule for his return.
So, hats off to the Boston Celtics for yet another great season in the books and let’s hope for Banner #18.
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