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Celtics Stuff Clawless Bobcats

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The Celtics didn’t disappoint in their home opener Wednesday night, never trailing the Charlotte Bobcats and opening up leads as big as 33 points en route to a lopsided 92-59 victory at the TD Garden.

The biggest question going into the contest was whether or not the Celtics’ legs would hold up after playing rival Cleveland the night before. If Boston was tired, the team didn’t show it. The Green busted out of the gates, racing to a 9-0 lead in the first three minutes, and never looked back.

The Bobcats, playing without newly acquired starter Raja Bell, stumbled early and never found their feet. In the first four minutes, Charlotte went 0-5 from the field and turned the ball over five times.

Rajon Rondo had his way with Bobcat point guard Raymond Felton all night and played a near flawless game. The Celtics floor general scored 10 points on 5-6 shooting, dished 11 dimes, grabbed three rebounds, and made three steals. Rondo turned the ball over just once in 29-plus minutes on the hardwood.

Ray Allen scored a game-high 18 points; he should have scored 30. Allen was as wide open as the Great Plains all night, but only went 6-17 from the field, including 4-10 from behind the arc.

It didn’t matter. Compared to the Bobcats’ offense, Allen looked like a sharpshooter. Charlotte shot an embarrassing 31.1% from the field and 52% from the line.

The Celtics led 42-31 at the half before bringing the hammer down in the third quarter. Boston’s starting five knew they would be riding the pine in the fourth, so they made the most of their time on the floor. In the third, the Celtics held the Bobcats to just 10 points and opened up a 26-point lead.

The bench didn’t let up in the fourth and closed out the game in deciding fashion.

The Celtics (2-0) have a night off before facing the Chicago Bulls (0-0) at the Garden on Friday night.

Notes

  • Boston won two of three against Charlotte last year, but the Bobcats played the Celtics tough, forcing overtime in two of the contests. Larry Brown’s squad looked like a completely different team last night.
  • Scoreboard watching: it was impossible not to notice the Orlando, Philly game. The Magic led the Sixers 70 to 47… at the half. The Celtics will face the loaded Magic squad on November 20th at the Garden.
  • The lowest point total in the shot clock era is 49 points, a dubious record set by the Chicago Bulls in April 1999 against the Miami Heat. After watching Charlotte score 59 last night, it’s hard to imagine a team looking worse.
  • File this under What Were They Thinking? In the off season, Larry Brown and Bobcats GM Michael Jordan decided it would be a good idea to trade Emeka Okafor to New Orleans for Tyson Chandler.
  • Two games, two technical fouls for Kendrick Perkins.
  • Call him Bigger Baby. Shelden Williams looked solid in 22 minutes. He scored 12 on 2-3 shooting, including 8-11 from the line, pulled down nine rebounds and blocked a shot. Last year, Glen Davis averaged seven points and four rebounds in 21 minutes. I’m just saying, is all.
  • The Bulls play their first game of the season tonight against a reloaded Spurs team before facing the Celtics on Friday night. What a way to start the season.

About Sharkey

I was 11 years old when the ball scooted through Buckner's wickets, a moment that is laser-etched in my mind: In my living room, on the floor in front of the TV, ready to burst as the Sox needed just one more out, one more strike, to become World Series champs. Mets players sat with slumped shoulders and dejected looks in the dugout. Even the scoreboard operator recognized the game, and the series, was over, posting on the jumbotron: Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox, 1986 World Series Champions. "They did it!" I said, unable to contain myself. "The Sox won it all!" My father, sitting behind me on the couch with a furrowed brow, knew better. "It's not over yet." And so it was. Having watched the Sox, Celts, and Pats for the past three decades, I truly feel like I've seen it all. I hope to bring that type of perspective as I write about the three teams I love.

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