Allen, Celtics Overcome Bobcats, Ugly Performance

1 04 2009
Boston Celtics' point guard, Rajon Rondo, tries making a layup under the outstretched arm of Charlotte's Juwan Howard in the Celts' arousing win at TD Banknorth Garden.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Boston Celtics' point guard, Rajon Rondo, tries making a layup under the outstretched arm of Charlotte's Juwan Howard in the Celts' arousing win at TD Banknorth Garden. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

By: Brendan Tyman

Ray Allen was not shooting the ball well and the Celtics had one of their worst games of the season. The Charlotte Bobcats were going to beat the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston in back-to-back nights. The unexpected happened as the C”s came back from a 12 point defecit to defeat the devastated Bobcats 111-109 in double-overtime.

The ‘Cats were ahead 85-73 with about 5 minutes left in the game and things looked bleak for the Celts. Rajon Rondo began driving to the hoop and finding open guys near the basket for easy layups. In the final couple of minutes, Charlotte was winning 91-85 and Eddie House hit a big jump shot. In the final seconds down 93-91, the Celtics took the ball and Rondo forced a foul driving to the net. He made both free throws to send the battle into the 1st overtime.

In overtime, the contest was back-and-forth until it appeared the Bobcats had control when they grabbed a few offensive rebounds and controlled the ball for about a minute. They were able to convert with 4 seconds left on the shot clock as Boris Diaw hit a jump shot to give the Bobcats a 101-98 advantage. Allen drilled a trey to bring another extra session.

Like the first overtime, the second was very similar as both squads were trading buckets. With 2.1 seconds left, Allen nailed the game-winning 3-pointer. Although, the game was not in hand until Raja Bell’s shot clanged off the rim.

Paul Pierce led the Celts with 32 points. Allen who shot 4-14 before knocking down 4 out of his last 6 shots from the field added 22. Rondo finished with 21 points and 9 assists. House came off the bench to score 18. Kendrick Perkins also redeemed himself blocking some shots to key the late run and also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Charlotte had 7 players finish in double-figures with 3 of them recording double-doubles. Gerald Wallace (the Celtics-killer) netted 20 points and had 10 boards. Emeka Okafor had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Raymond Felton handed out 12 dimes to go with his 14 points. Diaw accounted for 17 points and Bell scored 12. Then Vladamir Radmanovic and D.J. Augustin both came off the bench to get in double-figures with 10 and 14, respectively.

The Bobcats coerced the C’s to commit 24 turnovers, but the Celtics attempted 26 freebies to just 7 for Charlotte.

Due to the Orlando Magic losing to the Toronto Raptors, Boston has climbed back into second place with just six meetings remaining in the regular season. If these next couple of weeks was anything like tonight, then the fans will be feeling excited about the crew’s prospects in the postseason

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Powe, Celtics Rebound From Short Losing Streak

14 03 2009
Boston's Stephon Marbury (left) and Leon Powe (right) trap Memphis' O.J. Mayo along the baseline during the fourth quarter (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia).

Celtics’ Stephon Marbury (left) and Leon Powe (right) trap Memphis’ guard O.J. Mayo along the baseline during the fourth quarter (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia).

By: Brendan Tyman

After enduring a tough week with Rajon Rondo and Glen Davis going down with injuries in successive games, the Celts received the perfect medicine with the return of Rondo. They also were fortunate to have the Memphis Grizzlies on their schedule.

The Grizzlies’ average age in their starting lineup is 21.6 years, which is younger than John Calipari’s starting lineup for the Memphis Tigers in the NCAA Championship a year ago.

Leon Powe gave another strong effort as he started for the second time due to a thin frontcourt. He scored a career-high 30 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and blocked 5 shots. Ray Allen added 22 in leading Boston to a 102-92 victory at TD Banknorth Garden.

After a tough first quarter in which Rondo looked rusty coming off the ankle injury, the C’s bench came up big with Stephon Marbury playing his best game in the short time he has played for the Celtics. Marbury finished with 9 points and 5 assists.

Memphis’ Rudy Gay recorded 26 points. Rookie O.J. Mayo tallied 21 and Marc Gasol finished with a double-double (11 points and 15 boards).

With only a month left in the season, the Celtics hope to return some key men soon with Kevin Garnet hoping to come back next week.





Overcoming Adversity

7 03 2009

Leon Powe and Kendrick Perkins of Boston battle the Cavs' Zydrunas Illgauskas for the loose ball (AP Photo/Winslow Townson).

Leon Powe and Kendrick Perkins of Boston battle the Cavs' Zydrunas Ilgauskas for the loose ball (AP Photo/Winslow Townson).

By: Brendan Tyman

The Boston Celtics were without Kevin Garnet (strained knee), Tony Allen (thumb surgery), and Brian Scalabrine (concussion) to begin the game against the vaunted Cleveland Cavaliers. Yet, they found a way to come away with the 105-94 victory at a rocking TD Banknorth Garden.

This game felt like a playoff atmosphere as the crowd went crazy when LeBron James (5-for-15 from the field) missed a dunk in the opening quarter. There was some chippy play in the second half  with the C’s leading 54-48, when Glen Davis received a flagrant-2 foul on Anderson Varejao. Zydrunas Ilgauskas got a technical foul for going after Davis. James and Ray Allen matched each other’s technicals.

Despite a foul discrepancy (James and the Celts were both 9 of 12 from the line) that would have Phil Jackson crying and the bench being even more thin due to the loss of Davis, Boston increased their lead into double digits on multiple occasions (86-72 and 98-83) in the final frame.

Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 29 points. Leon Powe came up big with a double-double (20 points and 11 rebounds). Perkins and Davis each had 10. Allen finished with 17 points. Rajon Rondo came back from a twisted ankle in the 1st quarter to add 10 assists.

Mo Williams dropped 26 points and James added 21 for Cleveland.

Boston dominated Cleveland in the paint and had 31 assists compared to the Cavs’ 17. The one reason the Cavaliers stayed in this game was the large difference in free throws.

On Sunday, the C’s will go play Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. Boston, Cleveland, and Orlando are fighting for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.





Marbury Had Stellar Debut

28 02 2009

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By: Brendan Tyman

Playing his first game in a Boston uniform, Stephon Marbury played well enough to help the Celtics beat the Indiana Pacers 104-99. He also received a rousing ovation from the Garden crowd when he was first stepped on the court in the final seconds of the opening quarter.

Marbury tallied 8 points and 2 assists in 13 minutes of playing time. He also keyed the 16-4 run for the Celtics early in the 4th quarter as he made a couple of nice driving layups. Rajon Rondo recorded 17 assists. Ray Allen led all scorers with 30. Glen “Big Baby” Davis added 18 points

This was a back-and-forth contest, but the C’s controlled the final frame until the Pacers made a late run to cut their 13 point defecit to 4. Davis converted a key 3 point play and the Celts made some clutch free throws down the stretch to hold on to the victory.

T.J. Ford put up 23 points for Indiana. Troy Murphy contributed with 20 points and 13 boards.

On Sunday, the Detroit Pistons come into town hoping to stay on track after a win over Orlando last night.





Bruins Skate Past Ducks, 6-0

26 02 2009
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Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick who scored the winning goal early in the game Thursday

By Jim Chandley

Boston brought intensity that we haven’t seen in some time tonight as they hosted Anaheim at the Garden.  Tim Thomas stopped 35 shots and recorded his 4th shutout of the season.

Matt Hunwick scored at 17:54 in the first.  Michael Ryder and Chuck Kobasew each netted two goals in the Second period, effectively ending the game.  Byron Bitz tacked one on in the middle of the third.

The Bruins will host Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon at 1.  The Bruins still lead the Eastern Conference with 92 points and have the second best record in all of hockey.





Bruins Drops Second Straight in Tampa Bay

22 02 2009

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By Jim Chandley

The B’s lost 4-3 in Tampa this evening despite a good effort.  The game was tied after 1 when Andrew Ference scored on the powerplay at 16:52.

The Bruins managed to tie it up again in before the second intermission  when Chara scored late in the second from Kobasew and Ward.

As the two teams locked horns in the third, the Bruins seemed to be headed towards another overtime game and perhaps a shootout.  But at 17:10 in the 3rd, Ference put the puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty.

On the ensuing powerplay, Vaclav Prospal buried the goal that would become the game winner.  The Bruins went on to lose 4-3.

The Bruins will be back at home on Tuesday to host the Florida Panthers.  They will look to avenge Saturday’s loss in Florida.