The Celtics finally put a stop to their living nightmare of a three-game losing streak last night, beating the Blazers 112-102 in Portland. This one had one of those odd 6pm start times, which I'd like to think was specifically scheduled so that Kevin Garnett wouldn't have to miss any of the musical numbers from Enchanted. Anyways, after Friday's rather demoralizing performance against Phoenix (who got absolutely slaughtered by the Pistons in yesterday's A-game, by the way), it was nice to see the C's get back to playing defense (for the last three quarters, at least) and reminding us all that there was once a time when they were impervious to the Western Conference's aura of superiority.
Paul Pierce had a nice bounce-back from his terrible performance on Friday, scoring 30 to go with 7 boards. Ray Allen added 19, and Rondo 15; KG only scored 10 on 5-15 shooting and found his way into foul trouble. The Blazers lost the exquisite almost-Celtic Brandon Roy to an ankle injury in the third quarter, which can't be good news for their already-precarious playoff hopes.
Clippers tonight at 10:30, then back home for a showdown with the new-look Cavs on Wednesday.