Celtics Escape The Wrath Of Pecherov

Gino's JungleContributor INovember 5, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 28:  NBA Draftee Oleksiy Pecherov attends the T-Mobile Basketball's Rising Stars Celebration at Tao Restaurant on June 28, 2006 in New York City.  (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images for T-Mobile)
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Ingredients

  • 1 Seven-foot Forward from Donestk, Ukraine
  • 1 Young and scrappy group of players
  • 10 players from Boston on the 2nd game of a back to back.
  • A Big 3 who couldn't seem to find a rhythm
  • Sprinkle in a few off balance shots that continue to drop for the home squad

Mix and let simmer for about 48 minutes and you have yourself a close game between the 1-3 Twolves and the 5-0 Celtics.

Celtics 92 Timberwolves 90

 

 On paper tonight looked like a game you could glance over on the schedule. It turned out to be anything but. I continually waited for the Celtics defense to buckle down and say enough was enough. At the same time I waited for consecutive baskets to be scored on the offensive end. The Celtics couldn't find themselves getting hot and getting on a run like they have found so far this season.

 

The guy who highlighted the night, thus deserves his own paragraph, is Pecherov. When I walked through the door just after halftime and saw the TWolves knock down 4 straight shots, I couldn't believe it. I especially couldn't believe what I saw to cap off the Minnesota run. This lanky, awkward looking guy spotted up for a straight on three and buried it. At that point, I knew it was going to be a very long second half. Pecherov finished with 24 points on 9-14 shooting. Amazing.

The night was saved by Mr. Big Money himself, Rajon Rondo. Rondo took over in the 3rd quarter where he scored 14 of his 18 points. At one time it seemed like he was exactly where he needed to be at all times. He was tipping the ball away for steals, and standing under the basket just waiting for a pass. Had it not been for Rondo in the third, the Celtics would have been in trouble trying to make a comeback in the 4th.

 

 

Celtics got the win, though, and that is all that matters in the end. We have kept our edge on both the Lakers, Cavs, and Magic. KG on the win: "On back to backs this is where you have to dig down deep and we did that tonight." They gutted it out and found a way. 6-0 still undefeated.

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