Found January 29, 2012 on Red's Army:
"Part of me fears a let down.  The Celtics coming off a stretch of impressive wins over good teams to get back to .500 now face a lesser opponent." That part of me was right.  I should have listened. The Celtics gave up a season-high 54 points in the paint, the last two coming on a game-winning layup by rookie sensation Kyrie Irving (23 points, 10-14 fg).  It was the capper on a 12-0 run after the Celtics had taken an 11 point lead.   The final was 88-87 Cavs.  The Celtics 87th point came on a Brandon Bass free throw with 4:24 left in the game.  The Celtics were 0-5 with 3 turnovers in that stretch.  The Cavs hit 3 layups and 4 free throws in the stretch. The Celtics defense was terrible.  The bench was out-scored 30-16.   Ray Allen was on fire in his first game back from injury, hitting on 9-14 shots (4-6 3pt) for 22 points.  Paul Pierce had a stretch in the third where he was in full takeover mode.  But other than that... I can't find much nice to say...

Ray Allen returns but Celtics give game to Cleveland 88-87

ESPN-Getty Images Boston gave the game away to Cleveland, 88-87 as they turned the ball over on their last three possessions. Ray Allen returned with 22 points but it wasn’t enough as Kyrie Irving is the hero with the game winning lay up.  The officials swallowed their whistles at the end, which frustrated the Celtics.  Unable to play through it, the Celtics gave this one away...

Recap: Pierce does it all in win over Pacers

Who needs Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo? The Celtics have now won four straight games without their starting backcourt.  Paul Pierce was the hero. How's this for a balanced stat sheet? 28 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. The Truth had 17 in the 3rd quarter, asserting himself offensively as Indiana picked up their intensity. Chris Wilcox (14 points, 6-8...

Are the Celtics back? Boston defeats Pacers: 94-87

Again, no Rondo and no Ray Allen but yet again another inspiring Celtics win. It was a game that was close at times but Boston never really seemed to lose control of this one, leading by as many as 16 points, and defeating the Pacers 94-87. It is the Celtics fourth straight win. Indiana had tied the game in the third, however 17 points from Paul Pierce in that quarter helped stave...

Pierce, Celtics keep up pace

The Celtics did not plan to be a .500 team at this point in the season. Nor could they have foreseen having to depend on Paul Pierce to both set up teammates and carry the scoring load.

Pierce's 17 in 3rd leads Celtics past Indy 94-87

Paul Pierce played more than 44 minutes in Orlando on Thursday night, then boarded a plane with his Celtics teammates and arrived in Boston after 3 a.m. Friday.

Celtics' Allen back after missing three games

Ray Allen returns for the Celtics on Sunday after missing three games with an ankle injury.

Celtics pull away from Pacers

Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 28 points in the third quarter, hitting a 3-pointer and two more baskets as the Celtics ran off 11 consecutive points to pull away and beat the Indiana Pacers 94-87 Friday night.

Pierce's 17 in 3rd leads Celtics past Pacers

Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 28 points in the third quarter, hitting a 3-pointer and two more baskets as the Celtics ran off 11 consecutive points to pull away and beat the Indiana Pacers 94-87 Friday night.

Cleveland Cavaliers (7-11) at Boston Celtics (9-9), 6 p.m. (ET)

Paul Pierce and the banged-up Boston Celtics aim to climb above the .500 mark when they welcome Cleveland to TD Garden for the front end of a home-and-home set.

DigBoston: Celtics-Magic Story Live

[caption id="attachment_1897" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="How big was Paul Pierce in Thursday's Celtics-Magic game? Read the new "52 Games" at to find out. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)"][/caption] I didn't plan on witnessing history when I went to the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse...

Cavaliers-Celtics Preview

A recent spate of injuries isn't proving much of an obstacle to the Boston Celtics, thanks in large part to Paul Pierce. The Cleveland Cavaliers haven't been much of an obstacle for opponents recently. Pierce looks to continue both his surge and that of his team Sunday night as the Celtics go for a season-high five-game winning streak in the opener of a home-and-home set...

How we see it goin' down: Celtics - Cavaliers

Tip: 6:00pm    Court: TD Garden    Watch it: CSN      Hear it: WEEI                            Referees:  Marc Davis, Eric Lewis, Scott Wall  Get your tickets here The Matchup Record: 9-9 (2nd Atlantic, 7th East) Record: 7-11 (4th Central, 9th East) At home: 6-5 On road: 4-7 Streak: Won 4 Streak...
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