Every night the teams we face are going to bring their A game. We must in turn do the same. The Hawks had not beaten us in ages, thus had an alternative motive last night aside from the fact they were playing the Celtics. We did not bring the same level of enthusiasm the Hawks did. I said in the pregame writeup that if Joe Johnson had a good game, he was tough to stop. He had a good game, yet that was not even close to the reason why we lost. The Celtics were flat outplayed all night long. The only thing I could argue in favor of was that we played awesome defense.You could argue with me that we didnt, yet I'll show you how many offensive boards the Hawks had, thus leading to our defense having to stop them more than once every trip up the floor.
On the offensive end, the flow was not there. For some reason we went far away from the way we played the other night. There was very little offensive movement and passing. Rondo didn't drive until it was too late into the 4th, and did not take control of the game. He managed the game from the top of the key, like I said in a previous post did not work well. All and all he was a non factor in anything that happened on the offensive end of the court. We had no facilitator.
The lone standout for the night was Paul Pierce. He finished the game with 24 points. He was taking the ball and driving to the basket. Unfortunatly the calls weren't going our way all game, and this began to push us away from the rim until late in the 4th. Pierce went out with a bruised knee, but came back with a knee brace on as you would expect from the tough minded captain.
The Celtics need to come out strong tomorrow night in Indiana before going on yet another 3 day resting period. We can't have a let down like the NJ game, because the Pacers have the capability of beating us with their more experienced players. 9-2 is the goal going into the weekend. Not a bad record to have with the Lakers losing tonight. Everyone in the league has atleast 2 losses.
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