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Celtics Show Improvements in 90-86 Win Over Cavs

In this edition of the Four-Point Play, I’ll take a look back at the Celtics’ win over the Cavaliers, the now-smug attitude in Cleveland, the sad departure of Bob Cousy from Celtics’ broadcasts, and the random suspension of Sebastian Telfair.

1. The Celtics beat the Cavs 90-86 Tuesday night in the return of center Kendrick Perkins. It was their second win against Cleveland during the preseason.

  • Perk didn’t do much in the win, as he played 21 minutes, didn’t attempt a shot, and went 0-2 from the line in a scoreless effort. He did haul in five rebounds and commit four fouls in typical Perk style. He seemed rusty, which has to be expected, especially coming off injury.
  • Leon Powe was the star of the game for the Celtics, scoring all 17 points in the second half. He led the Celtics comeback after the Big Three left the game for good midway through the third quarter.
  • As for new Cavs acquisition Mo Williams, he scored just two points in nine minutes of action. More on him later…

2. Speaking of Mo Williams, he had some strong words about where his new team stands among the Eastern Conference’s best.

“That’s all we talk about. You got to knock the king off the throne. And I’m playing with the king, so you can take that how you want.”

  • The “king” he allegedly was referring to was the Celtics…but then he made a passing reference to King James to suggest that the Cavs actually are the kings in the East.
  • I will admit that the Cavs gave the Celtics the toughest series in last year’s playoffs, and that the addition of Mo Williams can only make them better, but it’s tough to call them the favorite in the East just yet. I think it’s safe to say that they will be one of the top four teams (with the Celtics) in the East this season.

3. Bob Cousy was fired by Comcast Sports Net after 34 years, and will no longer be on the bench alongside Tommy Heinsohn and Mike Gorman.

  • I used to enjoy hearing the rare Cousy appearance on the broadcasts, but he’s old and I guess he’d have to leave the broadcast eventually anyway.

“I would have liked to have continued,” Cousy said. “I’m only involved in 10 games a season, so it’s not that big a deal. But I would have liked to have been allowed to keep my hand in, especially after 22 years of [Celtics] mediocrity – last year was kind of fun, frankly, and I was looking forward to doing it again. Comcast can choose to do the hiring and firing, but if it’s a financial situation, I’m not being overpaid. What they pay me is what they spend monthly for office supplies.”

  • Cousy went on to say that he was displeased by how he was fired: he heard from someone he barely knew with the organization. That’s really a shame for a Celtics legend to be treated so poorly. He will definitely be missed from the broadcasts.

4. Former Celtic Sebastian Telfair is apparently in line for a suspension from the NBA for an incident back in April 2007.

  • Apparently, according to the report, Telfair is being suspended a minimum of two games after “being sentenced last month to three years’ probation for misdemeanor possession of a loaded handgun.” That incident took place back in April of last year.
  • T-Wolves coach Randy Wittman was surprised to hear that Telfair was suspended, and added that Telfair “has been a positive addition on and off the court,” according to the report.
  • All I have to say is that I’m a Telfair fan ever since we traded him in part for KEVIN GARNETT!

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