Sunday, March 20th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  16 responses

Post Up: Sting like a Celtic

Celtics, Heat, Spurs all win.

by Anton Kudriavtsev /@TheDiesel

Cavs 92, Clippers 100

The battle for the basement standings was waged in L.A. as the Clippers came out on top against the Cavs. Blake Griffin had one of the better all-around performances of his young career with 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists with Eric Gordon scoring 29 points in his return. J.J. Hickson led Cleveland with 28 point and 9 rebounds but the rest of the roster continually made Cavs fans weep. From Sessions playing like Ramon Sessions to trying to draw a charge against guards on the perimeter (really, Hollins?), it was a tough game to watch. Since about six people watched the game, no one can back me up when I say that the refereeing was terrible against Cleveland (not that it would make much of a difference). The best part of Griffin’s 1st quarter dunk is DeAndre Jordan holding back Hickson and yelling “C’mon Blake!” Teamwork personified.

Celtics 89, Hornets 85

The Celtics regained their winning ways with a comeback victory against the Hornets. Trailing by 15 early in the third, Boston relied on its strong bench as they went on a 23-6 run sparked by the play of Glen Davis (20 points) and Delonte West(9 points) who was 4 of 5 from the field in the stretch. In the 4th, Kevin Garnett hit a jumper to give Boston a 4-point lead with less than a minute to play and while David West (32 points) banked in a lay-up, the Celtics closed the game out with clutch free throws from Davis and Ray Allen (20 points). Though Chris Paul had 15 assists and 7 rebounds, he scored just 4 points and did not have a field goal the entire game, finishing 0-for-9 from the floor.

Nuggets 98, Heat 103

The Miami Heat feasted on some chicken Nuggets as LeBron and Wade combined for 65 points in the win. Chris Bosh registered his 5th consecutive double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds but the biggest story for Miami was the injury to much-maligned Mario Chalmers who left the game late in the 1st quarter. Though Denver cut the lead to 4 points late in the game, the Heat never trailed while J.R. Smith led the Nuggets with 27 points off the bench. While Mike Bibby was effective (14 points), this means that Miami is without a backup point guard until Chalmers returns but his starting job might be taken by that point (pun intended).

Pacers 78, Grizzlies 99

Tony Allen scored 19 points and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds as his Grizzlies rolled over the Pacers. Danny Granger and Darren Collison both scored 17 points for Indiana but Allen locked Granger down into a 5-of-15 shooting night as the Pacers shot just 36% from the field. Memphis surged ahead in the 2nd quarter with a 29-11 run to build up their lead and Indiana never broke double digits the rest of the way.

Bobcats 98, Spurs 109

Without Duncan in the line-up, the Spurs still cruised past the Bobcats led by Steve Novak’s 19 points off the bench. The Bobcats struggled without Stephen Jackson, shooting just 29% early in the game and trailing by as many as 26 points.  The Spurs officially listed Duncan as “trop vieux” on their pregame injury report, which means “too old.”

Sixers 101, Blazers 110

The Blazers earned their 3rd straight victory, surged by Wes Matthews and Gerald Wallace as they topped the Sixers. Matthews scored 17 of his 28 points in the 1st quarter while Wallace closed the game late, capping off his virtuso performance of 25 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, and 4 steals. Though the Sixer bench scored 59 points (Lou Williams leading with 24), Philadelphia trailed the whole game before pulling within three but Portland responded with a 9-0 run.  The Blazers moved within a half-game behind Denver for the 5th seed but face winning teams in its last 10 of 13 remaining games. With Crash getting back to playing his All-Star caliber game and the Blazers rounding into form, can they get past the first round to make their fans forget about “you know who”? As it stands, they would play Dallas without homecourt in the first round.


“Check My $tats” of the night: Blake Griffin – 30 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists.

Separated at Birth of the day: Donyell Marshall and Ludacris.

I’m out like Paul’s shot chart.

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  • el_larsen

    well i watched the clippers game!
    nice to see my man eric gordon back
    and blake did this :

  • fizzbucket

    I hope Rondo gets his sh*t in gear before the playoffs, ‘cuz 9/1/5 isn’t going to cut it. Paul Pierce also laid an egg. Yikes. However, good to see them get the W. Hopefully they’ll be more competitive at MSG tomorrow.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    personally i think Rondo’s struggles are a symptom more than they’re the problem. the Celtics haven’t been playing there usual brand of defense consistently, which means they’re not getting out in transition, which explains Rondo’s low assist numbers. he’s also a little banged up. whatever. he’ll be fine for the playoffs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I gotta give respect to Jacob Pullen, this guy played his heart out last night, dropping 38 and flat out dominating jordan taylor until the last second when JT blocked his 3 point attempt to tie the game. I really felt sorry for him, he was crying in the postgame interview, he just wanted to get to the final four in his last year at college. Hope he has a good NBA career!


    The Nuggies are road kill. lol

  • el_larsen

    cosign lightsout
    and what about troy murphy?

  • hoodsnake

    Good write up Anton. And the Heat won.

  • http://slamonline.com Jukai

    I’m a girl who knows her bball, and the Celts will get it 2gether by the time playoffs arrive. Rondo will get over his slump when he really has to.

  • T-Money

    Murph.. how’s the Celts’ bench working for ya? Could have even started for Miami.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Man, Glen Davis really is a fantastic player. He is fast becoming one of their stablest go-to scorers. He is very underrated, and with Perk in OKC, he’s even more valuable to the Celts. With Pierce struggling to find his rhythm, Davis is keeping the Celtics competitive. Ray Allen is still their most consistent scorer, though, from what I’ve seen.

  • Dillantradamus

    @Teddy-the-Bear. From what you’ve seen? Does 14 years in the league as having one of the sweetest jumpshots in the game not speak for itself?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Donyell Marshall and Ludacris do look alike, except that Ludacris is about a foot and a half shorter than Donyell Marshall.

  • http://philosopher.vision@gmail.com The Philosopher

    The Celtics have me looking like a smart individual.

  • http://slamonline.com Mars

    Celtics are just tuning up before April. CP3 get right and just be in N.Y. already, Chauncey is waiting to be your backup. whoa. Dwight Howard for MVP, TRUE STORY.

  • http://slamonline.com Mars

    “I’m a girl who knows her bball, and the Celts will get it 2gether by the time playoffs arrive. Rondo will get over his slump when he really has to.” @Jukai, don’t impose your gender on the fact you know what you talking about (this time).

  • Elvis Freshly

    It sure is great to have a player like Ray Allen, the man is 35 and still keeps his body looking the way it does. Him and Jordan both stayed in great shape while in their mid- 30’s. Rondo and Paul need to get it together.