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Late Night Blazing Effort? Thoughts on the Celtics From Portland


     Will the Celtics Blaze to a win? Let's hope they do! They are missing JB, Amazing Al, and Romeo where out thou Romeo. Will Ime get a win in his homecoming? Let's say Bleed Green, and we win! Celtic Pride for life! 

     1st Quarter 

     Who Steps Up In Al's Absence 

     Given how well Al played last night, and all season. Who will be the guy to fill that role? Will RWill be that guy? He's shown all year how valuable he is to this Celtics team. He keeps possessions alive with his effort, gets big rebounds, big blocks, and some hardcore hammer oops. Or could it be Freedom?! Now when I hear his name I think of the George Michael song! 

     Great First Say What?!

     We saw a very well played first for this team, crisp passing, finding the open man and just making shots. Defensively they brought what they did last night into tonight's first. Giving effort and just working hard as a unit. DS was just straight balling, something about starting just gets his motor going. Let Freedom ring played very well. 

Celtics lead 38-23, in one of their best first quarters of the season. Overall playing as a cohesive team on both ends. Shooting 74 percent from the field doesn't hurt either! 

     2nd Quarter 

     Using the Bench wisely 

     Nice to see Ime get guys like PP and Nesmith in the game, given it's a back to back. After how they played last night with heart and effort, you need to give guys a chance to recoup. Plus we get the opportunity to see two very good summer league players, and who both played well last season. No complaints when PP nails a three! 

      Leads don't last long in NBA

     Well that big lead didn't last, Portland went on a huge run, their fast break scoring killed the Celtics. Celtics seemed to take their foot off the gas pedal. Need to play balls to the wall all the time. 

Celtics lead 64-58, seems like it's gonna be a battle all night. 

     3rd Quarter 

      Driving Tatum is the Best Tatum 

     Is it me or is the driving JT, when he's at his best? Don't get me wrong when he's on and hitting his step back is very sweet, but I prefer going to the house with wreckless abandonment. He can get to the hoop as well as anyone. He keeps doing that he can be unstoppable. 

      The Wolverine has been solid 

     Say what you want about Marcus but his play on both ends has been solid. He's grown into his role as a distributor, he's not taking as many ill advised threes, he's getting to the hoop, and he's doing the little things. His defense is fire, he's a Wolverine out there. 

Celtics lead 103- 84, JT is leading this team with 28 points, a well played third sees the Celtics build the lead back up. 

     4th Quarter 

     The Bigs RWill and Freedom

     We talked earlier about who would fill in for Al, luckily we have two capable bigs in RWill and Freedom. They did everything you would have asked for. Scoring, rebounding, defense and overall great energy and effort. We may have a three headed Big monster. 

     DS and JT carry the load 

     Both of these fellas came to play and grab a win for the Celtics. When DS starts he's a bad man. Scoring from anywhere and doing his thing! JT was filling it up most importantly he was getting to the line. JTs game continues to evolve, for people calling him selfish, watch the man, he's a team player. He's special and will continue to be. 

Celtics win 145-117  you have to love how these guys are rooting for each other, that's a team. GWil went to the hoop and the foul and guys on and off the floor were pumped up! C Us Rise! Honorable mention shouts to PP putting on a show for the bench! 



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