The Celtics are proving to be a tough out as a road team and they dominated the San Antonio Spurs for most of the game before a rally cut the Boston lead to three. Boston proved a few things in its 90-83 win: it is a fine defensive team, it doesn’t need major contributions from all of the Big Three to win and Rajon Rondo is becoming an elite point guard.
Rondo collected 12 assists to go with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals and his defense on Tony Parker down the stretch was critical. Kevin Garnett is stroking his jumper with ease while Rasheed Wallace is picking up more confidence because his jumper is falling.
Paul Pierce — Not a real productive night for Pierce. He missed 7 of 9 shots and had just two rebounds in 37 minutes. Served as mostly a decoy but did hit a key free throw down the stretch.
Kevin Garnett — The confidence is brimming, the knee is looking sound and the jumper is silky. Garnett’s perimeter shooting is opening up the entire offense and giving others open shots because he has to be defended 20 feet from the basket.
Kendrick Perkins — A rather quiet game from Perk but he has to finish better in the paint when hands are ready to swat his shot.
Ray Allen — It seemed like all of his nine misses were in and out, so he’s not in a slump but he did enough in the first half to give the Celtics a sizeable lead.
Rajon Rondo — He won this showdown with Tony Parker and even hit a jumper with two minutes left to give the Celtics a six-point lead. A complete night for Rondo.
Rasheed Wallace — The 3-pointer is falling and he is beginning to score more from the post. This is what the Celtics envisioned when they signed him.
Marquis Daniels — Six points in 16 minutes and some strong defense. Did his part off the bench and stayed out of foul trouble.
Brian Scalabrine — Hit a key shot in the second half and helped out on defense in his 13 minutes.
Eddie House — A key 3-pointer was the highlight of House’s night but he did leap high to grab a loose ball to gain the Celtics a key possession.