Saturday, February 2, 2013

Presto! Celtics Keep On Winning, Work Magic Against Orlando: 97-84

Boy, I tell ya...if any more Celtics get hurt, they're liable to win the Championship!

By now, only the Celtics fans living under a satellite-jamming rock haven't heard that not only has the team lost the All-Star stylings of Rajon Rondo due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but they are now without the services of rookie extraordinaire Jared Sullinger thanks to a herniated disk that required surgery.

These season-ending injuries to key players have been accepted as devastating news by fan, foe and talking head alike, but all the Celtics have done is turn, smile at the cameras and politely flash the middle finger at the pundits who all-but-buried-them as they just keep on winning.

Tonight, against a Magic team facing their own injury problems (Glen "Big Baby" Davis recently broke his foot) the Celtics continued their newfangled brand of Big Love basketball, beating on Orlando from the 2nd quarter forward (when Kevin Garnett did his best impression of a house doused in gasoline catching fire) in another game that featured multiple scorers sharing equal time with a plethora of distributors. Sure, the Magic at one point did get the score down to three, but when you out-assist your opponent (a whopping 30 to 19), out-rebound your opponent (48-47), and outshoot your opponent (50% to 37.9%), chances are you're going to win the game.

Captain Paul Pierce led his team to victory with 14 points, 11 rebounds,  7 assists and 1 steal; while Kevin Garnett kept on partying like it was 1999 with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist and 1 block. Four other Celtics scored in double figures, including Courtney Lee (with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals), Jason Terry (with 12 points and 5 assists), and Leandro Barbosa (who scored 12 to go with 4 assists and 2 rebounds.

But, the big story was Jeff Green, who continued his recent assault on the aggress-o-meter scoring 17 points (including a couple of seriously emphatic dunks), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 3 (3!!) blocks.

Most notable player for the Orlando Magic as far as the Celtics were concerned was old pal E'Twaun Moore, who scored 14 points 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 1 steal; though Orlando did turn out 5 double-digit scorers of their own.

Next up? The Los Angeles Clippers and the chance to move one game ahead of .500.

Box Score

Tale Of The Tape


Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Sunday, February 3rd, 2013
@ 1:00 p.m.
The Boston Garden, Boston, MA

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