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It’s amazing. The Celts have to officially be considered the league’s best team as they have now beat every single team in the NBA at least once. Every single team in the Eastern Conference. Every single team in the Western Conference. The Celts now stand alone.
After beating up the Hornets 112-92, the Celtics proved that they can beat any team anytime, anywhere. They accumulated yet another 20-point victory, and are now a perfect 20-0 in 20-point games. There’s only one question I can draw from this game: Can any team in the NBA beat the Celtics in a 7-game series?
Only time will tell, I guess. In my mind, they do have the best shot to go all the way, and Paul Pierce is a big reason for that. The captain really poured in an all-star effort in tonight’s game: 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists. He shot 7-11 from the field and a perfect 13-13 from the FT line. Pretty impressive stuff.
I love watching the battle between Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo. The statistical comparison outside the matchup is no contest: Paul is an MVP candidate and Rondo is an up-and-coming (but not all there) player. But when they square off one-on-one, it’s a dead heat. In 2 games against the Hornets (usually matched up against Paul), Rondo has scored 40 points with 11 assists. Conversely, Paul has 41 points and 17 assists in 2 games against the Celts. This should be fun to watch for many years.
It was nice to see the return of the Birdman, Chris Andersen, who was out of the NBA for 2 years and 2 months due to various drug and alcohol violations. He originally made his return Tuesday against the Pacers, but this was his first meeting with the Celts in years. Painted with tattoos all over him, Andersen finished with 2 blocks. Not bad.
Next up for the C’s is a much easier opponent: the woeful Miami Heat. Better yet, the game is in Boston on Sunday. The Celtics will have a day’s rest, and as a result the Heat have no chance.