Actually, let me rephrase that: The Celtics pulled it off without Rajon Rondo being on the floor. Because anyone who thinks that the influence of the C's mercurial, magnificent Maestro wasn't felt all over the Garden last night either doesn't know much about the team or wasn't watching the game.
But, the night belonged to the other guys...the ones who have been mostly maligned by certain factions of the sports media and hordes of impatient fans who have seemed not to care (or understand, perhaps) how difficult it is to integrate 10 out of 15 new personalities into a cohesive, championship-driven unit. To a man, this group seemed to relish the challenge of proving the critics wrong and stepping up to carry the slack left by their suspended superstar point guard and the limited minutes (13:47, to be exact) that were extracted from an ailing Chris Wilcox.
The C's moved to 9-7 on the season and will now attempt to replicate tonight's effort against the 7-7 Milwaukee Bucks, who are coming off an 85-95 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. It will be interesting to see if either team is affected by their back-to-back obligations.
Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Saturday, December 1st, 2012
@ BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee