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The C’s managed to defeat the Dallas Mavericks 96-90 without the services of Kevin Garnett, who missed the game with a strained abdominal muscle. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce stepped up big to pick up most of the slack, scoring 26 apiece on the same day that Pierce was named to the All-Star team as a reserve. Ray Allen was left off the roster.
The score was tied 54-54 at half time, and the two teams played pretty evenly until the buzzer, when Rajon Rondo and James Posey helped seal the deal late in the game. Dirk Nowitzki (31 points) had thought he secured a rebound when Rondo swiped the ball from his hands and put in a reverse layup. Rondo finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Posey (13 points, 3-5 from deep) was big down the stretch when guarding Jason Terry, holding him to a tough shot and hitting four big free throws in the final minute. His steal of Jason Terry iced the game.
Perhaps Ray Allen was a little mad he missed getting an all-star nod. He did a lot of shooting, going 11-20 in scoring his 26 points to help lead the way. I think because of the Celtics’ success that should have earned him significant consideration, but I have no problem with the roster including two Wizards (Jamison, Butler) and two Pistons (Billups, Hamilton). They all deserve to be there.
It’s worth noting that Brian Scalabrine started, played 16 minutes, and didn’t really do anything. He scored 0 points, didn’t attempt any shots or free throws, and didn’t commit any turnovers. He finished with 2 assists, 1 block, and 3 personal fouls. Go Scal!
I also have to mention that Jose Juan Barea returned to a city he called home for a few years while at Northeastern University. I used to watch him play my BU Terriers when we were good (BU is terrible now). Didn’t matter how good we were, he was by far the best player on the court and definitely the most annoying. In this game, “J.J.” Barea missed all of his shots (3 FG attempts, 2 FT attempts) and had 4 assists. Maybe he was nervous?
Also, what happened to Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis? Is he resting up or hiding an unknown injury? I mean, he has had a sore right knee, maybe that’s flaring up. Doesn’t really matter, because Leon Powe has played so well as of late. Powe finished last night’s game with 10 points and 4 rebounds before fouling out.
I’ll take 12-0 against the big bad Western Conference. It’s nice to see that KG is getting a lot of rest and the Celts are 2-1 in his absence. Next up for the team is the red-hot Cleveland Cavs next Tuesday. The Celtics have the entire weekend off, which will do good for getting rest. Pretty long break if you ask me. Perhaps KG will be ready by Tuesday’s game. We will see.