Kevin Garnett had 8 points and two blocked shots in the opening six minutes of the second half, soon going to the bench for the remainder of the contest.
led by 14 points late in the third quarter, then went deep into the
bench and faltered in the final quarter. Coach Doc Rivers left the court
in the second half, allowing assistant Armond Hill to coach the team in
the final minutes.
This is about all you need to know. Still just NBAx. Not sure how well they will be playing when the regular season starts. But I'm sure the view held by Doc is long term. The Celtics want to be playing well in April and May, not in November.
2007-08 was kind of a perfect storm, with the C's kicking ass from the outset. It's not the only blueprint for success. The C's have proven you can start 4-6, 13-12, 23-20, and still do just fine in the playoffs. It's more fun for the fans when they kick ass all year. But expending that much energy and playing that many minutes takes a toll.
The Celtics are talented. But playing at a high level may take time.