Sorry for not posting in a while. I was actually traded from Boston.com and had to wait 30 days for my contract to be bought out before I could come back, only I didnít open my yap about it like Stackhouse.
Early Sunday evening Paul Pierce and the Celtics got their first win since the All-Star break over the Portland Trailblazers. Early on it looked like the Celtics were in for another West Coast whoopiní when the Blazers dominated them on the boards in the first half and had a 17-point lead in the second quarter.
The slow start was primarily due to Kendrick Perkins getting into early foul trouble. This forced Scot Pollard to be the first man off the bench for the Celtics. Never a good sign. I never really understood what the Celtics saw in Pollard, from watching him in preseason, basically, he barely ambled up and down the court fast enough to foul somebody. Early in the season, though, he actually pitched in some solid minutes in a few games. On Sunday, however, he came in and was a good three steps late on defensive rotations, and couldnít grab a rebound if it fell in his lap. Literally. Watch the tape. Nothing is more deflating to a defense than giving up second-chance opportunities.
Once Doc realized it and pulled the Receding Hairline Samurai from the game, the rebounds evened out and the Celticsí defensive intensity picked up, it was clear sailing from there on out.
After one of his worst games of the year against Phoenix, Paul Pierce torched Portlandís Brandon Roy, Travis Outlaw, and any other defender they threw at him, for 30 points, seven boards, and five assists Sunday. Ray Allen and James Posey supplied the open three pointers when the Blazers collapsed on Pierce and the Celtics looked like they did in the first half of the season. Against the Nuggets and Warriors earlier in the week the offense played well, and against the Suns, the defense returned. It finally all came together against the Blazers in a true return to form for the Cís.
Even after losing three straight, the Celtics maintained the best record in the league, leading Detroit by two games. The Cís have one left against the Clippers on Monday, and then itís back home, while the Pistons have the next four on the road in the West. Hopefully the Celtics can open up the lead up for the Eastís best record during that time.
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