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1.28.2010

Celtics Forget to Flip the Switch

The Celtics entered last night's installment of the long, drawn-out soap opera otherwise known as the NBA regular season having lost three out of their last five games. No problem. They'll just "flip the switch" and start playing good basketball. At least that was the prevalent theory. Didn't happen. That's the funny thing about those switches. Even if you do flip them, if you're not in the habit of winning close games down the stretch, suddenly winning such games becomes a little more dicey.

Take last night as an example. Did we really lose the game on an uncontested layup? James Posey would roll-over in his grave. Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace both had opportunities to provide some D. But nary an outstretched hand was raised. In 2008, the Celtics wouldn't let opponents get shots off on dead balls in the first quarter of meaningless games, much less game-ending shots against major rivals.

If we keep playing like this, the Celtics may become the new "poodles" of the East.

Celtics 94, Magic 96

1 2 3 4 T
BOS (29-14) 34 17 21 22 94
ORL (30-16) 23 17 21 35 96

Final

8:00 PM ET, January 28, 2010
Amway Arena
Orlando, FL

BOSTON CELTICS
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Kevin Garnett, PF332-80-02-207732003-46
Paul Pierce, SF403-121-45-502231143012
Kendrick Perkins, C151-20-02-503300015+14
Ray Allen, SG418-124-80-003330243-220
Rajon Rondo, PG375-91-10-225780022011
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Rasheed Wallace, C267-143-60-002203104-517
Eddie House, PG144-72-50-002220011-310
Brian Scalabrine, PF41-21-20-000000002+53
Tony Allen, SG122-20-01-201111012-15
Glen Davis, PF172-60-02-241520015-16
Shelden Williams, PFDNP COACH'S DECISION
Bill Walker, SGDNP COACH'S DECISION
TOTALS
FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS

35-7412-2612-186263222741430 94

47.3%46.2%66.7%
Fast break points: 10
Points in the paint: 24
Team TO ( points off ): 15 (13)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.
ORLANDO MAGIC
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Rashard Lewis, PF368-132-35-635800021-723
Matt Barnes, SF231-40-23-424601022-65
Dwight Howard, C328-120-03-10461002434+619
Vince Carter, SG292-130-22-322420033+46
Jameer Nelson, PG285-100-12-223521033-712
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Jason Williams, PG203-72-50-001120010+98
J.J. Redick, SG272-72-55-502210013+1311
Mickael Pietrus, SF71-20-00-011200000-32
Marcin Gortat, C271-10-04-635810313+46
Ryan Anderson, PF101-40-22-401100000-34
Anthony Johnson, PGDNP COACH'S DECISION
Brandon Bass, PFDNP COACH'S DECISION
TOTALS
FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS

32-736-2026-401730478471619 96

43.8%30.0%65.0%
Fast break points: 3
Points in the paint: 38
Team TO ( points off ): 16 (27)
+/- denotes team's net points while the player is on the court.

3 comments:

1111 said...

sadly i agree with you...
and also i still dont get how in such an important game we miss soo much FT...

FLCeltsFan said...

They flipped the switch.... it's just that they flipped it off.

Lex said...

ah hah

Good one, FCF

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