For the first time in his career as a Boston Celtic, Shelden Williams manifested a perceptible spring in his step. There would be no expressionless, meditative look and feel to his game last night. Oddly, it might have been his worst game to date in green. Conclusion? Go figger.
Rajon Rondo followed orders and impersonated D.Wade in the third quarter, taking it to the rack and scoring from range. This is not only encouraging, it is necessary. As I've noted earlier, Rajon Rondo may not be our best player, but he is our only player who can play his best 90% of the time he's on the floor. So this he must do, and I see Doc telling him to be D.Wade more and more this season as Doc realizes that this gives us our best chance to win.
Speaking of young legs, let's talk for a minute about old and tired legs. If you want to know why we aren't a dominant defensive team, it's because Kevin Garnett is no longer a dominant defensive presence. If you want to know why the Boston Celtics get off to slow first-quarter starts, it's because KG doesn't impose his will on defense from the opening tip. It's no secret that our defense fuels the rest of our game. So if KG ain't playing world class D, we ain't gonna be playing world class ball.
Next I welcome back Eddie House to the Boston Celtics. I'm not sure where he'd been. But 4-10 (including 3-5 from range) is much better than 5-20 (including 1-6 from range), which is what he shot in the previous four games.
Finally, Ray Allen shot 6-10 from the field last night. For the year, he's shooting .486 from the field. I'm pleased by this. While he's shooting only .313 from range, I have more confidence that his long-range shooting will improve than I do that KG's defensive presence will improve. I also note that Ray has converted 13 of his last 14 free throws.