Found February 08, 2013 on The Nosebleeds:
Celtics 116, Lakers 95 It took all of 49 seconds for the Celtics to dispatch the Lakers at the TD Garden on Thursday night. Sure, they led by approximately ten points for most of the game, but in the final minutes of the third quarter Boston put the game out of reach with a 14-3 run. Jason Terry started the spurt with a triple, Jeff Green provided a thunderous dunk before sprinting back to swat Antawn Jamison’s layup attempt, and then Paul Pierce brought the house down with a transition three to expand the C’s lead to 22.   Eight points in less than 50 seconds. It was an incredible onslaught that left the Lakers (23-27) demoralized and ignited the crowd at the Garden. Boston shot 76 percent in the third quarter, connected on 12 of their last 14 field goal attempts, and led 95-69 going into the final frame. So does this mean the Celtics have turned the corner? After winning their sixth straight in such convincing fashion, can the critics still claim that their new-look spread offense is only a gimmick? After all it was just the dysfunctional Lakers. Well you play who is on the schedule, and the C’s continue to perform admirably in the wake of Rajon Rondo’s season ending injury. They’re now three games above .500 at 26-23, and will look to carry this momentum through the all-star break. It’s hard to criticize a team that is receiving contributions from everyone on the roster. Kevin Garnett picked up two fouls jostling with Dwight Howard in the first two minutes, but Jason Collins and Chris Wilcox were able to pick up the slack. Earlier in the season Boston was incapable of maintaining a steady pace without K.G. on the floor, but this new look team didn’t miss a beat. Six players ended up scoring in double figures and the C’s logged 25 assists as a team while shooting 52 percent from the field. Those kind of numbers are consistent throughout their current six-game streak and definitely indicate that their playing a winning brand of basketball. Most importantly the team’s two veteran leaders, Pierce and Garnett, are acting as anchors on both sides of the ball. Pierce seems to have broken out of his month long shooting slump and scored 12 of his 24 points during the C’s 37-point third quarter. Garnett was immense for the second straight night, and also became the 16th player in NBA history to log 25,000 career points. Despite logging 47,250 minutes (8th all-time) in 18 seasons, K.G. continues to get it done even in the second game of back-to-backs. With these two veterans playing at such a high level, there’s no reason to believe that the Celtics have any intentions of trading either player for some young assets. All this team does is win right now, but they do still have some glaring needs. In order to compete in the postseason, Boston could use a true point guard and an increased rebounding presence. Those who were calling for Danny Ainge to “blow it up” may have to change their tune and ask for the G.M. to reload in an attempt to surround his veterans with the tools necessary to win now. The red-hot Denver Nuggets will come to town on Sunday night and put their eight-game winning streak on the line. If the C’s can get the job done against one of the hottest teams in the NBA, then nobody will be able to claim that this streak isn’t for real.

Paul Pierce enjoys the Boston snow

Paul Pierce tweeted this picture earlier today with the caption, “When the sky poops on you.” Did he walk into two feet of snow in his pajama pants? The Blizzard of 2013 postponed tonight’s Bruins game, and we’re unsure how it will impact the Celtics game with Denver at 6pm on Sunday. The Nuggets plan to fly into Boston following tonight’s game in Cleveland. Logan Airport...

Steve Bullpett: Bryant admires C's

After the Celtics' dismantling of the Los Angeles Lakers last night, Kobe Bryant spoke with the media about his rival team in Green. He gave the Celtics a ton a respect and continued praise, wishing his team would buckle down and play a similar way. The C's are now 6-0 without Rajon Rondo (26-23 on the season)  and Byant had this to say about Boston in an excerpt from Bullpett...

Kobe does 'mamba hiss' to call for ball

Kobe Bryant's nickname has a lot more meaning than you thought. Bryant confirmed he hisses like a black mamba when he wants the ball on the court.

Celtics: better is than better does without Rondo

Keeping the Celtics as a contending team is a daunting prospect with all their injury concerns and the continual conversation of are they better without Rondo.  Last night's game provided the proof that this team is mediocre at best. The Toronto Raptors led by new leader, Rudy Gay gave a spirited effort and Boston played down to their expectations. It was very hard to tell...

Gino Time! Celtics 116, Lakers 95 as Celtics win sixth straight

I do not want to highlight one player in tonight’s win, as this was truly one of the Celtics best team efforts of the year.  In direct opposition to what I just said, the only player I do want to highlight is Kevin Garnett, who got his 25,000th point tonight with a fade-away jumper.  His response? Thanking all the people who helped him get there and finished with a “it’s...

Dwight Howard Says Kobe Bryant Isn’t a Doctor, Doesn’t Care if He’s Pissed Off

The Lakers are an entertaining bunch. Dwight Howard vs. Kobe Bryant is the closest we will get to Pacquiao vs. Mayweather. Kobe essentially said Dwight is a sensitive clown who needs to play hurt. Here was Dwight reply to that courtesy of Pro Basketball Talk. “That’s his opinion. That’s it. He’s not a doctor, I’m not a doctor.”’ “”I want to play, I mean, why wouldn’t...

2nd-half rally lifts Lakers over 'Cats

Kobe Bryant shrugged off a scoreless first half to finish with 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds Friday night as the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point second-half deficit and beat the Charlotte Bobcats, 100-93. The Lakers avoided a costly defeat to the NBA's worst team and pulled within three games of .500. Bryant attempted only two shots in the first half and...

Steve Nash shows off his Soccer skills

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash grew up playing Soccer and was presented an opportunity to show off his skills against the Boston Celtics.  After being fouled by Avery Bradley in the third quarter, Nash dribbled the ball with his feet and didn’t let it touch the ground.Unfortunately for the Lakers, Soccer skills don’t help you win basketball games, and they lost to...

Steve Nash Shows Off His Soccer Skills, On The Basketball Court

Steve Nash is a noted soccer enthusiast, and is pretty damn good at the sport as well. On Thursday night as the Lakers were getting beat up by the Celtics Nashy showed off some of his skills for the folks in Boston. [Bleacher Report] var conf_59013 = { APIKey: '2_N1YlfjHIEAtyRAK3CAYRE5a1aBuANuMOCLc_7hsOQ13HnwCrW_u-6OuDhjC7vR06 ', lang : 'en', ...

Comments from the Other Side - Raptors 2/6

Good win for the Celtics. They pulled it out in the end. The Raptors fans are always active on their game threads. They complained about their own players a whole lot more than the Celtics though. I can never get used to fans wishing an injury on a player. It's just so wrong.  It's also amazing that probably half of the teams in the league hate their coaches.  My...

Dwight Howard Says He Has Asked Stan Van Gundy for Advice & They’re Close Friends

You know the saying the grass isn’t always greener on the other side? A lot of times it is just ask Lebron, but at other times it isn’t. Dwight Howard wanted to play in a big city under a big media spotlight. He got his wish when he was traded to the Lakers and he is crumbling under the stress. Sort of like when a girl who lives in some small town in Wisconsin complains about...

After being called out by Kobe, Dwight Howard goes through shootaround, a "game time decision"

The official word on Dwight Howard's status tonight is that he went through the Lakers morning shootaround, and is a game time decision.  But, the situation is a lot more complicated than that.  In an interview with Jackie MacMullan yesterday, Kobe Bryant said the following about his teammate: "We don't have time for (Howard's shoulder) to heal. We need some...

Los Angeles sometimes starter Pau Gasol out indefinitely with torn plantar fascia in foot.

Who says it never rains in souther California?

Recent milestones versus Los Angeles Lakers

 Game 2 - 2010 NBA Finals (June 6th): Walter Ray Allen was Red Hot, as was Rajon Rondo (but he gets triple doubles every night, so that was no milestone). Allen had missed the majority of Game 1 of this Finals series due to foul trouble, but he kept to his normal pregame shooting routine to prepare for the 2nd meeting with the Lakers. Ray had made his first seven shots he attempted...
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