Sorry for the hiatus, as I have relocated to the west coast so now I can cover Boston Celtics games while everyone back home is asleep! Last night, the Celts put up a tremendous effort against an Eastern Conference titan in the Indiana Pacers. The 102-97 loss for the C’s was nothing to be ashamed of, as they went back and forth with the one seed in the east. It was weird to see Evan Turner in a Pacers jersey, but admittedly he fits in quite nicely with both the first and second units. Here are some more thoughts about last night’s dogfight:
- Jeff Green and Paul George were going at each other all night. George got the best of Green with five key points to help close out the game, but Green did an excellent job on him for the most part. Green also attacked the hoop, finishing some tough layups going through and over Roy Hibbert. Though this wasn’t one of his 30 plus point, offensive explosions, this was the type of game Green needs to play on a more consistent basis. But at what point do we stop wondering if he can do it consistently and just accept that he isn’t capable?
- With Gerald Wallace out for the season, other players are going to get a chance to fill-in his useless 30 minutes a night. Guys like Chris Johnson need to show that they can earn an NBA contract. Many readers believed I was too harsh on Johnson earlier in the year, but he hasn’t done anything lately to change my opinion on him. I just don’t see him sticking with the team beyond this year.
- Who is Chris Babb?
- Kudos to Kris Humphries who had his best all-around game of the season. He gave Hibbert fits on the glass, and hustled down to make a fantastic chase down block. I didn’t even think he was capable of blocking someone in front of him! He also finished the third quarter with this masterful put-back jam. As Tommy Heinsohn notes in the clip below, Humphries got a standing ovation from the crowd. The first one he has gotten since he arrived in Boston (and maybe the first one of his professional career).