The rivalry that made you feel a little uncomfortable about your breakfast food choices tips off for Round 2 tonight at the TD Garden. Avery Bradley used to love to drown his Honey Nut Cheerios in Peach Schnapps and granulated sugar, until he decided that there would be no more pills, no more bad food, no more destroyers of his body; until he decided that every muscle must be tight…
“All the animals come out to Celtics games – whores, skunk pussies, bare-armed meatheads, pink-hatted tramps, Big Papis, Donnie Wahlbergs, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets…” -Avery Bickle
“Well, I ride the bench mostly…first quarter, third quarter…I figure, you know, if I’m gonna do that, I might as well get paid for it.”
Celtics 103, Rockets 91. For the third straight game, the Celtics’ bench came up big. Jared Sullinger, Courtney Lee, and Jeff Green combined for 37 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. That exact line was once produced by Antoine Walker in a 113-105 loss to the 76ers. It was 1997 — Antoine’s rookie season — and the only time between 1986 and today that a player has put together that combination of numbers in a single game.
The Boston Celtics have played 34 games this season. They played their first 30 without third-year defensive whiz Avery Bradley (out with two shoulders). In those first 30 games, they allowed their opponents to score at a rate of 102.4 points per 100 possessions. Their opponents, meanwhile, allowed the Celtics to score at a rate of 100.0 points per 100 possessions.
In those first 30 games, the Celtics allowed their opponents to shoot an effective field goal percentage of .499, while they shot .495. They allowed their opponents to score 42.1 points in the paint per game, while they scored 37.5. Their opponents committed 15.1 team turnovers per game, while they committed 14.8. The Celtics won 14 of those first 30 games and lost 16.
INT. TD GARDEN - AFTERNOON
The sounds of bouncing balls and squeaking sneakers reverberate
through the near-empty arena. A pair of prize-winners smile for
the cameras as a gang of charity cases idle courtside, savoring
a vantage point normally reserved for the city's celebrated and
Across the way, a clutch of pressmen and training staff look on
as a small group of players choose sides and shoot for ball. The
"friendly" game's outcome seems of special importance to two
players in particular.
I'd seen you using an old style. I'd
wondered where you had learned it from.
You know very well. It's yours too.
Yo, Doc! It's a duel. It's a duel!
Heh! I'd forgotten. Will you show me?
Buck buck buck buck buck buck...
(Video courtesy of Mike Petraglia, WEEI)
If you like, you can also read this post at The Hardwood Houdini.
May 12, 2012
Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 1: Boston Celtics (1-0) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (0-1)
Aldridge: “As this series goes on, there’s no rest for you guys, there’s a game every other day. You’re an older team, it may be difficult, how do you…”
Rondo: “It may not be. Look at us. We’ll be fine.” [Drops mic, walks away.]
Just prior to the start of the second half of Saturday night’s Eastern Conference Semifinal kick-off between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers, TNT’s Dick Stockton passed along the following bit of statistical ephemera: in 2011-’12, the Celtics were 1-22 in games in which they had trailed by 13 points.
A modified version of this post appears at Hardwood Houdini as “Avery Bradley’s Career Night.“
April 20, 2012
Game 64: Boston Celtics (37-27) at Atlanta Hawks (38-25)
After Wednesday night’s 102-98 win over the Orlando Magic secured the Atlantic Division title and a number four seed in the playoffs, the Boston Celtics chose to put their stalwarts on ice, giving them some much needed rest in preparation for the rapidly-approaching second season. This meant that the starting lineup for your Boston Celtics in Friday night’s matchup with the Atlanta Hawks looked like this:
The Celtics lost accordingly (97-92), though not before cutting the lead to one six times in a dogged rally that spanned the game’s final 13 minutes.