Boston Celtics: Week One Recap
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Boston Celtics, 3-0
Beating teams by an averages of 22 points, the Celtics have shown us that they are still the team to be reckoned with in the East—possibly the league. KG's over-scrutinized (yes, I'm guilty of it too) return to action has been successful thus far.
Though Garnett (13 ppg, seven rpg) is still not in game shape, just his being on the floor is overwhelming opponents. Rasheed Wallace (9.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg) is a great fit.
It seems like he is raining down shots from downtown on every possession. Most impressive is the team's defense, holding opponents to 79 points and 38 percent shooting.
The combo attack of Wallace, Garnett and Perkins has devastated opponents. Length, strength, and depth on the front line is certainly not an issue for this year's team.
Marquis Daniels (5.3 ppg, 3.3 apg, 1.7 rpg) is providing an element lost when James Posey left the team in 2008—adding versatility at three positions and allowing Eddie House to spot up. House has excelled in this "reloaded" Celtics roster (averaging 10.7 ppg). Paul Pierce (20 ppg, seven rpg, three apg) and Ray Allen (18 ppg, 1.7 rpg , three apg) are in great shape and have not lost a step.
Through three games, most impressive has been the team's stats trickling down to every roster spot. KG, Paul Pierce and SHELDEN WILLIAMS are all averaging over seven rebounds per game, 10 of the 12 Celtics roster spots have scored in every game. The Celtics bench is averaging 38 points per game.
Unselfish play has been this team's offensive motto—sometimes they have been a bit too unselfish.
Rajon Rondo, keeping his team-mates involved, is second in the league (behind Steve Nash), dishing out 12 dimes per game and averaging only one turnover per game. Danny, RE-SIGN him!
Week One Games:
Oct. 27: vs. Cavs, W 95-89
Oct. 28: vs. Bobcats, W 92-59
Oct. 30: vs. Bulls, W 118-90
Tonight: vs. The Hornets (1-1)
Tonight we get our first look at CP3! Should be exciting. NSS' Matt Golden will have a game preview posted later today.
What's Ahead in Week Two...
As Week Two begins, the Celtics veteran legs will get their first true test as they have two back to backs this week with three of their next four games on the road. Though the schedule creates more of a challenge to the Cs than their (inferior) opponents, it will be interesting to see how Doc manages minutes. Will he rest Kevin one game?
Nov. 3: vs. 76ers
Nov. 4: vs. Timberwolves
Nov. 6: vs. Suns
Nov. 7: vs. Nets
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