The Celtics wrapped up the preseason with a 107-92 beating of the Nets. Ray Allen’s 14-point night was huge, pulling the Celtics (7-1) out of a halftime hole. They dominated from that point on.
Now, it’s a five-day wait until the Heat.
Fourth quarter, 5:55, Celtics 102, Nets 80: Von Wafer’s on the floor. Stephane Lasme and Mario West, his competition for the last roster spot, haven’t played yet. Rivers said he’d make his decision tonight, but this game wouldn’t factor into it much. “They’ve been evaluated enough, honestly,” Rivers said. “We just have to make the decision and move on.”
Third quarter, 5:44, Celtics 67, Nets 65: Ray Allen’s got 9 points this quarter, sparking the 17-4 run that helped the Celtics take the lead for the first time since the first quarter.
Second quarter, 2:13, Nets 48, Celtics 38 Kevin Garnett picked up his third technical foul of the preseason. He was fouled by Humpries going up for a layup, and nearly swung his elbows at Humphries, but held his breath and squeezed the ball. The semi-restraint didn’t keep Brian Forte from hitting him with the T.
Second quarter, 5:38, Nets 39, Celtics 30: The teams are a combined 0 for 8 from 3-point range.
End of first quarter, Nets 27, Celtics 15: This will obviously be key all year; the Nets outrebounded the Celtics, 14-8, in the first quarter (Kris Humphries grabbed five) and built a 12-point lead. The Celtics have won the rebounding war in each of their preseason games, but Rivers hasn’t been happy with the way they’ve been attacking the glass.
First quarter, 6:53, Nets 10, New Jersey 9: The starting lineup you see tonight — Rondo, Allen, Pierce, Garnett, Shaq — likely will be the starting lineup next Tuesday against the Heat. Doc Rivers said they’ll see extended minutes in the first half and then he’ll play it by ear at the break. “I told Lawrence [Frank] we’ll talk and just decide how the game is going. But for the first half we’re going to extend some minutes.”