December 29, 1979
Dave Cowens had another sad shooting night - 2 for 9 - giving him a 29- for-110 tally in the last six games. But his baskets were both from the outside and they were back-to-backers in the third period, so maybe there is hope he's snapping out of it.
"These guys may never need me to score again," he quipped. "I may do nothing but play defense" - Doug Moe pointed out the Spurs were nine down late in the third period (40 seconds left), and that one defensive foulup (leading to two Cedric Maxwell free throws off a Tiny Archibald penetration) and a Maxwell fast-break layup after a George Gervin miss were big plays in the game, sending the Celtics into the final period leading by 13 "instead of by nine, or even seven."
And he was right ... Chris Ford's three-pointer gave him at least one bomb in 15 of his last 16 games ... Don Chaney sparkled again, playing that sticky defense and looking strong on offense ... San Antonio rookie Mike Evans had nine turnovers. The Spurs lost 36 points on miscues. Philly lost 49 on Wednesday. The Celtics must be doing something on defense.
Maxwell on Archibald's ankle injury: "I saw my playoff money going out the window when he went down." Said Archibald, "I tried to go one way, and when I stopped quick it turned over" ... The Celtics, of all people, blocked eight shots (Maxwell 3, Larry Bird 2, Cowens 2, M.L. Carr 1), and this might very well be a team record since they started keeping the stat. Nobody but he and his maker will ever know how many blocks Bill Russell had of course), you can call in the dogs as far as the Atlantic Division race is concerned.