The Celtics were struggling last night, they were tired, it was the second night of a road back-to-back and the final game before the All Star break. They were down by 15 points and Dirk Nowitzki was on fire.
Then the Celtics did what makes this team so great to watch. Kevin Garnett was quickly called for two aggressive fouls on Nowitzki, and even though KG had to sit down with five fouls, it seemed to fire up his team. Then Coach Doc Rivers picked up a pair of technical fouls and was ejected for yelling at the officials. This fired up the team more.
Finally Superman, in the person of Paul Pierce showed up in the fourth quarter and took over the game, scoring 18 points in the period and leading the Celtics all the way back for the 99-92 victory. Pierce had help from Rajon Rondo’s second career triple double (19 pts, 15 rbs, 14 assists). Rondo kept the Celtics in this one early as he had the energy his older teammates were lacking to start the game. Ray Allen added 20 points despite playing with a sprained thumb.
Marc J. Spears has the game story in the Globe, noting Doc Rivers’ concern prior to the contest that this was a ‘worry’ game. His Rondo stat line differs a little from the one from the box score above, but is nonetheless impressive. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics wanting – and getting – one more sip of victory before the All Star break. Paul Flannery says that the Celtics had no business beating the Mavs last night, but did so anyway. Jeff Howe says that the Celtics are at home on the road.
Check other stories and accounts on the game from CelticsLinks.com.
Spears’ notebook has Allen able to play despite the injury suffered last night in New Orleans. Bulpett’s notebook has more on Allen’s return. Jessica Camerato has the Celtics ready for some time off for the All Star break.
Yesterday was the first day of spring training for pitchers and catchers, and the Red Sox entered camp with no looming drama. Nick Cafardo notes that the Yankees have the opposite, coming to camp with drama to spare. Steve Buckley says that the Red Sox play in a tough division. Rob Bradford has Mike Lowell speaking for the first time since his surgery and the Red Sox pursuit of Mark Teixeira.
Sean McAdam has Terry Francona and Theo Epstein meeting the media to begin camp. Joe McDonald has Tim Wakefield rested and ready to get back to work. Buckley has Justin Masterson glad that Jason Varitek is back. Alex Speier has seven questions facing the Red Sox.
Amalie Benjamin has Clay Buchholz determined to put the struggles of last year behind him. Maureen Mullen also has Buchholz starting over. McAdam has more on Buchholz trying to wipe out the 2008 season. McDonald also has Buchholz determine to put last year behind him.
Bill Doyle misses Charles Barley on the TNT NBA broadcasts.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has a look at Lou Merloni new role at Comcast SportsNet, which he choose over NESN because he also wanted to be able to spend more time on WEEI. She also notes that the Globe 10.0 is coming back…sort of. It will be a two question mini-show on Boston.com.
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