Paul Pierce shot 4-15 and turned the ball over six times. Ray Allen shot 4-18 and turned the ball over five times. Rajon Rondo got schooled by Sebastian "I'm really excited to be a Boston Celtic" Telfair. Eddie House can't find a groove. Tony Allen played like a bonehead. James Posey is still out. Kevin Garnett got hurt. The Celtics won by one.
In a game where the C's matched up against a load of ex-teammates, nobody seemed to care until the fourth quarter. Thankfully Perk came to beast tonight, and KG played through that strained abdominal to pull out a clutch steal and celebrate with the old jersey pop.
What an embarassment it would have been to drop this game. The scene was eerily similar to the Mark Blount/Marcus Banks/Ricky Davis Twin Cities Happy Hour a couple of years ago after the Szczerbiak trade - when the aforementioned clowns skipped around like a dress rehearsal for "Singin' in the Rain." Telfair was grinning tonight. Antoine was teeing it up gloriously from downtown. Gerald Green was apparently feeling it - which is great because other than the dunk contest he's not gonna feel much. But even with everything getting crazy, the C's managed to pull it out. Thank God.