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KG, Celtics Continue to Dominate at Home

The NBA Eastern Conference Finals started tonight between the Celtics and Pistons in Boston. The Celtics took control of this game from the beginning. Despite a few lead changes, Boston held Detroit in check throughout most of the game. The Celtics played better defense and controlled the boards to hold onto their Game 1 win, 88-79. Kevin Garnett was once again the hero for the Celtics in this one.

KG led all scorers with 26 points and also added nine rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and a steal. Paul Pierce also had a very productive night after an excellent Game 7 against Cleveland. Pierce finished with 22 points, six rebounds, and six assists. Rajon Rondo had 11 points, seven assists, and five steals while other starter, Kendrick Perkins, finished with five points and ten rebounds.

Ray Allen struggled with his jump-shot again, but was able to drive to the basket for nine points as he continues to climb out of his shooting slump. The Celtics bench (P.J. Brown, Eddie House, Leon Powe, and James Posey) also played well.

Detroit had four players in double figures for scoring. Tayshaun Prince had 16 points, Antonio Mcdyess had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Rasheed Wallace put up 11, and Richard Hamilton had 15 points. Chauncey Billups, who was playing his first game in a few weeks, struggled and made it obvious that he could not move as well as he usually does: he finished with nine points. Rookie Rodney Stuckey will probably see more playing time if Billups continues to struggle: he finished with nine points as well.

The Celtics started this series off strong just as they have so far in the playoffs. I believe the Pistons are the best-matched team the Celtics have played thus far. But, the Celtics have the edge in a few areas:

  • The Pistons bench is nothing special and the Celtics bench can easily outplay them.
  • Detroit does not have much height on the Celtics either. Cleveland (Zydrunas Ilguaskas, Ben Wallace, Joe Smith) and Atlanta (Zaza Pachulia, Al Horford) both had some substantial size differences that the Celtics had to overcome.
  • The Celtics, the No. 1 defense, are no longer playing against the No. 2 defensive team of the year (Cleveland), though, Detroit is in the top 5.

With Eddie House playing, Doc Rivers seems to be returning to more of the lineup he used all season long. This decision is a really smart move as the Celtics struggled when Sam Cassell struggled. The only difference from the regular season rotation is that P.J. Brown gets more playing time than Glen Davis, but it’s hard to argue when P.J. is playing excellent minutes off the bench right now.

If the Celtics can end their road woes, I expect them to take this series in six games.

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2 comments for “KG, Celtics Continue to Dominate at Home”

  1. THAT was some playoff basketball. Back and forth, good defense, solid offense, big shot by Eddie House. Great performance.

    I did lose it once though on one of our players. When the Celts were up 9 in the third and we had those two or three steals in a row, Rondo came down court and found Ray Allen WIDE OPEN on the break on the corner behind the arc and I think everyone in the building was ready to lose it and he clanks the shot, Detroit comes down and Rip scores two for a big five point swing.

    I kicked around a few things because he MAKES that shot in the regular season but now one of ‘the greatest shooters in NBA history’ can’t make a wide open 3 on the break which would have given his team a HUGE lead? Gimme a break. If he’s not hitting shots he needs to take a Sam Cassell like break!

    Other than that, solid performance. Though I predicted the Pistons winning in 6, I really truly believe that if the Celts win Game 2, they are gonna be very tough to beat because A) Chances are they will win a road game and B) Paul Pierce looks possessed right now!

    Posted by Jeff | May 21, 2008, 7:31 am
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