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I told you so, I told you so! Ray Allen delivered on my first guarantee this season, scoring 35 points en route to a 100-90 victory for the Celtics over the red hot Portland Trailblazers. Kevin Garnett added 26 points and 7 rebounds to help the C’s improve to an NBA-best 31-6.
OK, I didn’t predict 35 points for Ray, but I did say he’d bust out of his slump. He had only averaged just over 10 points over the previous 5 games (Boston was 2-3). Here’s exactly what I said:
Look for Ray Allen to break out a little in this game. I see 20 points on better-than-40% shooting. Only time will tell if that would be enough to beat Portland…
Allen even beat my lofty expectations of 20 points or more and better-than-40% shooting. He went for 35 on 12-20 shooting (60%) in the game, scoring 12 points in the final 3 minutes to hold off the surging Blazers. I know I wasn’t exactly right, but I have to take some credit for predicting a comeback game for him. Oh, and it turns out that his effort was enough to beat Portland.
I will say that my guarantees won’t come out that often. I will only publish a guarantee when I am certain of an event or I have a gut feeling. My gut was telling me that Ray Allen would play better. You have my promise that I will not make ridiculous guarantees for each game this season, but allow me to bask in the glory of what is now called The Ray Allen Guarantee. I’ll apply the R.A.G. when I see fit.
As far as the game went, the Blazers shot better (46.4% – 43.6%) and had just 3 less rebounds and 1 less assist. The difference in the game however was that the Celtics forced 21 total Blazers turnovers (compared to just 10 for the C’s). Turnovers are the name of the game, and with a +11 in that category, the C’s earned the 10-point victory.
If two of the stars play really well, one of them is not required to. Paul Pierce finished with a modest 12 points on 3-11 shooting. He was also just 6-11 from the FT line. That stat must improve.
The kudos of the game should goto Eddie House, who filled in for an injured Rajon Rondo at point guard and delivered 10 points and 5 assists. Kendrick Perkins also had a nice game defensively at center with 3 blocked shots and 7 rebounds.
Next up for the C’s is a home matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers. This should be a game where the Celtics begin to build another winning streak. We will have to see. Sorry readers, no guarantees this time.