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In what might shock most people outside of Boston, especially after the Celtics went into the All-Star Break with a 15-17 record, the C’s clinched the Atlantic Division title tonight with a 102-98 win over the Orlando Magic. Going into the 2011/12 NBA season, it was generally accepted that the Carmelo Anthony-led New York Knicks would cruise to the division crown over a pretty old Celtics squad. However, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen have all wound back the clocks and have proven their doubters wrong. They have one last run left in their well-traveled bodies. 2012 will be their year.
Tonight was a perfect example of how the Celtics operate. At times they can jump out to big leads behind great shooting from Pierce (29) or unsung hero Avery Bradley (23). Other times they win with their defense when the game gets tight – 6 blocks, 6 steals, and a total of 16 forced turnovers. However, when it comes to crunch time, there’s usually only one or two guys to be called upon, that being Pierce and Garnett. Tonight it was the captain’s turn as he scored 7 of the Celtics last 10 points over the final 2:47 to clinch the victory.
Given that the C’s have wrapped up the Atlantic Division with three games to go and have guaranteed themselves the 4-seed heading into the playoffs, look for Doc to get the veterans some much needed rest. The Celtics next game is Friday in Atlanta at 7pm as they face off against the Hawks.
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Boston was clinging to a 98-96 lead with 11 seconds left against the Orlando Magic when Paul Pierce almost made a critical mistake. The Celtics ran a ball screen to draw Pierce a switch so he would be guarded by Glen Davis, and Pierce started to make his move. He stepped backward to gain a little space and began a strong dribble to his left. But his feet never started the same...
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With Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Mickael Pietrus already not traveling to Atlanta, Doc Rivers has also decided to hold out Paul Pierce AND Kevin Garnett so they can get some rest.
So.... this will be a hoot, won't it? Here's my guess at the starting line up
PG: Avery BradleySG: Keyon DoolingSF...
Iman Shumpert had a nice play there... dunking on KG, but he got the technical foul. That seemed to get the guys going a little bit.
In the Sunday New York Post, Shumpert explained how it made KG feel like a shark... and how it pissed Paul Pierce off a little.
Q: What are some of the things you hear from some of the veterans?
A: “All right, that’s enough rook...
Paul Pierce had 29 points and a career-high 14 assists and the
Boston Celtics clinched at least a tie for the Atlantic Division
title as they held off a late charge by the Orlando Magic for a
102-98 win Wednesday night.
Kevin Garnett has a lot of great things to say about Avery Bradley, you can tell he's proud of how he has developed and emerged as, really, one of the most important members of this Celtics team. Plus, he hints he needs to be "rewarded". Agree?
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But when both Allen and Mickael Pietrus went down later in the month, Bradley kicked in the rotation doors, not only establishing himself as an essential player but taking over the starting shooting guard...
If the Boston Celtics don't win in Atlanta on Friday night, they'll probably have to open the playoffs there next weekend.
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