Well I was kind of close! The Boston Celtics lost last night to the San Antonio Spurs 104-92 at the Garden thanks to a big second half from Tim Duncan. Duncan scored 23 of his 25 points after halftime and the Spurs used a fourth quarter run to close out what was a contested game for the first 40 minutes. The Spurs were without Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tiago Splitter, but Boris Diaw and Marco Belinelli stepped up and helped lead the Spurs to the victory. Here are some thoughts about last night’s game:
- An interesting trio led the C’s in scoring. Rajon Rondo, Kris Humphries, and Kelly Olynyk combined for 46 points, something that may never happen again on this earth. I don’t know what the future holds for mankind, but I can say with certainty that on this planet, or in this timeline, I don’t think I will ever be writing that above sentence again.
- Speaking of Olynyk, he records his second career double-double one game after his first double-double! It wasn’t quite pretty, but Olynyk was able to score moving towards the rim and finished well with both hands. He didn’t shoot well from long rage (0-3 from three-point land), but if he continues to rebound, he will begin to exceed 25 minutes a night.
- Tough night for Jared Sullinger. He struggled with both Duncan and Diaw and looked a step slow on both sides of the ball. Hopefully he picked up a few things and uses the all-star break to relax and get ready for what should be a big second half of the year for Sully.
- We are now at the all-star break and the Celtics are both bad and show promise. Personally, I am rooting for a 20-loss second half, but the way this team plays hard every night is admirable. All eyes are on Danny Ainge and the C’s front office to see if they shake this roster up at all. Let the real trade rumors begin…