In an emotional return to Boston, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett helped the Brooklyn Nets defeat the C’s in an ugly 85-79 game. This game looked similar to what Celtics fans became accustomed to seeing when KG, Pierce, and Ray Allen were leading the charge in green and white. Doc Rivers would have been proud! I can go into the tribute videos for both players and talk about how there were few dry eyes in the Garden last night, but that is going to be saved for an article of its own. Let’s take a bit of a closer look at all non-Paul Pierce and KG related things during what may have been the Celtics ugliest game of the season:
- Buckets were hard to come by for both teams, and that is an understatement! Andray Blatche seemed to have the best feel for putting the ball in the hoop on a night where it seemed no one wanted to shoot. Blatche hit a tough floater over Kelly Olynyk early in the 4th quarter to give the Nets a 10-point lead. This shot screamed, “No one else is hitting anything, why would I pass”?
- Gerald Wallace showed up for a bit last night, and in my preview article, I almost predicted his points and rebounds for the evening! Wallace finished with 12 points and five boards and looked like he was alive for the first time in a while. Wallace also played 41 minutes of basketball proving, well, absolutely nothing.
- There was a nice battle at times between Deron Williams and Rajon Rondo. They weren’t on the court against each other much, but both showed progress in last night’s contest. Williams is interesting because he has been coming off the bench for the Nets as of late, and it has paid major dividends. What are the odds they keep him there until June?
- Brandon Bass was efficient, hitting all of his field-goal attempts on a night where he only shot the ball six times!! NBA players amaze me sometimes. On nights where nothing falls, you can see them forcing shots on the way towards 6-17 evenings and getting that 18-20 points towards the end of a potentially meaningless game. Last night, Bass passed up a handful of mid-range jumpers that he normally takes, ends up six for six, and doesn’t test the waters even a bit more when his team needed points. Can somebody please trade for him already?!?!