Suns-Celtics: Shaquille O'Neal and Co. Drop Boston

Kieran HaweAnalyst IFebruary 23, 2008

The once unbeatable Boston Celtics are looking a bit more vulnerable after their trip through the NBA Western Conference.

The Celtics are now 0-3 on their 5 game road trip after losing last night to the Phoenix Suns 85-77.

The Suns, who got their first win with Shaquille O’Neal, were led by Amare Stoudemire who put in a game high 28 points.

Shaq only had 4 points but controlled the defensive boards grabbing a game high 14 total rebounds.

After the game Shaq continued his humble approach and praised Stoudemire. “Amare Stoudemire is the best big man in the game right now - period, bar none,” O’Neal said. “I didn’t know he was that good. But talking to him and watching him play, he’s the best big man in the game at 25, and I mean that. I’m not just saying that to pump him up.”

Stoudemire probably benefited the most from the Shaq trade as having the big man at center lets Amare move to his natural power forward spot.

Commenting about the position move he said after the game: “It’s helped me a lot, it’s just allowed me to play basketball. I don’t have to battle so much with the big guys and get in foul trouble, things like that. Tonight was a great step for us.”

The Celtics, who never led last night, were led by Kevin Garnett and his 19 points.

The Suns held the Celtics to 30 points in the first half, their lowest total this year.

“This West is no joke,” Garnett said. “I said it before the trip that it’s going to be a test, and that’s what it’s become.”