Friday, February 8, 2008
In a bizarre happening in Minnesota tonight that occasionally mildly resembled a professional basketball game, the Celtics gutted out/lucked into an 88-86 victory over the up-and-coming Timberwolves. Yeah... this was a wild one. The game ended on a cool-as-ice-water Leon Powe putback after Ray Allen got positively mauled going for a last-second breakaway layup, briefly resulting in one of the worst no-calls you'll ever see. Even right after the win Ray seemed positively incredulous over not being at the line, which was actually kind of amusing to watch. Anyways, Leon came up huge tonight: 16 points on 8-10 shooting to go with 8 rebounds in 27 minutes of work. This kid seems to be seriously putting it together and it's nice to watch. As for the rest of the game... Jesus. Rondo had 12 points and 7 assists and hit a big basket down the stretch, and Pierce and Ray combined for 32 points while shooting a fug 11 for 32. I don't really have much else. Local-kid-made-good Al Jefferson scored 16 for the Wolves. Can I stop talking about this game now? Honestly, aside from the final two minutes--which were genuinely enthralling in a backyard-wrestling sort of way--the highlight was probably KG's pregame introduction, which definitely seemed a little dusty for all involved. The ovation the Minnesota fans gave him was truly phenomenal, as was Garnett's gracious response, replete with a gentlemanly bow... probably one of the classier moments you'll see in sports this year. Get well soon, KG.