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After last Friday’s overtime win against the Portland Trailblazers, the Celtics reached the halfway mark of their 2009-10 season with a record of 28-13 after 41 games. Not too shabby and despite some injuries, the Celtics have had a great season thus far. Now, let’s take a look at the different players. We’ll go from bottom to top:
Walker has played in the least amount of games thus far this season due to early injuries that he recovered from while with the Celtics D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. Walker impressed the Celtics with his time in Maine by being the top scorer for the Red Claws in just a few games with them. Walker was called back up not too long ago and has appeared in 6 games thus far. He is only averaging one point per game in only three minutes per game, but is still showing great promise if he can stay healthy.
The Celtics top draft pick last season is really doing much to impress the team in my opinion. He did get to start one game for the Celtics when it seemed like half the team was injured. He started against the Toronto Raptors and played 20 minutes, but only scored two points, dished out one assist, and only grabbed two rebounds. Giddens is currently back in Maine with the Red Claws trying to prove that he is ready to be in the NBA on a regular basis.
Oh boy. Scal is the typical Scal again this year. He is slow, shoots okay every once in a while, and is adored by the fans (probably because is the only white guy on the team). Scal is averaging a whopping 1.8 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. He got his chance to start a few times while Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace were injured. Why he plays more minutes that Sheldon Williams, I do not understand.
Speaking of Williams, where has he been towards the end of the first half of the season. Williams looked good at the beginning of the season as a back-up forward to Garnett and Wallace, but as of late has not played while Doc Rivers goes in favor of Scalabrine. Williams is averaging 3.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game but has not appeared in a game since Jan. 14. As far as I know he is not injured, but if it were my choice he would be playing much more minutes than Scal is. Oh well, I’m not the coach of the Celtics.
I reluctantly did not put “Big Baby” between his first and last name because the only highlight of this guy to start the season is the fact that he will not stop pouting about his nickname. (Uno-Uno sounds like you’re just a Chad “Ochocinco” wanna-be). Anyway, Davis has proved to be a solid back-up power forward and occasionally filled in at center. He returned on Christmas from a broken thumb injury that sidelined him for the start of the season. Since then, Davis has appeared in 14 games, averaging 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
One of the newer Celtics this season, Daniels has not quite been putting up the numbers that he did with Indiana. However, he has still been a great back-up that can play a variety of positions. He is currently out with a thumb injury, but is expected to return within the next few weeks. Daniels has appeared in 19 games and has averaged 5.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.
Another guy that started the season injured was Allen. Allen returned to action about midway through December and exploded right away. He became the offensive threat that he was back in 2006 before suffering his knee injury. Allen even started a few games while Paul Pierce was out getting his knee drained. Allen continues to great defensively and solid offensively, but I still would not be surprised if he was someone that was shopped around with by the C’s.
Mr. Catch and Shoot as I like to call him has been up the similar style of play that he has had with the Celtics for the past two years. Eddie has benefited from play with Marquis Daniels though because Daniels will often times handle the point guard position and let Eddie slide into the shoot guard role which he is more comfortable with. Eddie is averaging 7.1 points per game this season so far.
Wallace was the big acquisition by the Celtics during the off season and he has lived up to expectations so far. He has had to adjust his playing style to being more of a sixth man than a starter which he had been his entire career before. Wallace has started eight games this season while Kevin Garnett was injured, but has been primarily the Celtics sixth man. He is averaging 10.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game so far.
Perk has gotten better and better every year he has played and this season is no exception. Perkins is leading the NBA in field goal percentage so far this season at 63.3%. Although he and Rasheed Wallace lead the league in technical fouls, Perk seems to be getting less fouls than he has in the past but still becoming a great force under the basket. Perkins is currently averaging 12 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Rondo finally earned a spot on the All Star this team this year. He did not get selected as a starter even though I believe he should be, but the fact he is finally there shows how big of impact player for the Celtics he is becoming. Rondo is leading the NBA in steals this season with 2.54 per contest. He is also averaging 14.2 points, 9.7 assists (1st in the Eastern Conference), and 4.2 rebounds per game. Rondo has also put up a few triple double games this season and has really solidified himself as a threat to other teams when he is on the floor.
The Big Ticket has had a decent season…not great, but decent. He was slow to start after spending most of the off-season getting back in shape after having surgery on his right knee. Unfortunately, just after Garnett finally seemed to get back into the swing of things, he hyper-extended his surgically repaired right knee. Garnett has returned to action and has not seemed to miss a beat. He will be starting for the East in the All Star game and is currently averaging 15 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Allen is in the final year of his contract and despite trade rumors before and during the season so far, Allen has not seem effected. He is still just as a good a sharpshooter as ever despite his age and is an offensive threat from all over the court. Allen is averaging 15.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists.
Where would this team be without Pierce? He is still their strongest player offensively and their leader. Pierce has not disappointed yet this season, but he did scare the team a bit when he had minor surgery on his knee to drain fluid out of it. However, he has recovered well since and is averaging 18.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. Pierce will also head to All-Star weekend this year with Garnett and Rondo.
So, the Celtics go into the second half of the season with three All-Stars (I would not be surprised if Ray Allen gets selected to replace anyone who might be injured) and a goal to pass the Cleveland Cavaliers for first place in the East and home court advantage through out the playoffs. They start the second half off with a few tough match-ups against the Magic (a 96-94 loss), Hawks, and Lakers.