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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Oh that's right, Shaq plays for the Boston Celtics

They don't play often but I feel like the Boston Celtics own the Charlotte Bobcats as much as any other opponent in the NBA. The games between the two are always blowouts.

Last night was closer as the Celts (30-9) won 99-95 at the TD Garden over the Bobcats (15-22), who came in riding a four-game win streak.

It was a particularly dull game that was completely forgettable save for a rare big showing from Shaquille O'Neal. With our front court short-handed and in foul trouble on top of that, the Diesel went a season-high 35 minutes and produced 23 points, five rebounds and five blocks.

Rajon Rondo added 18 points and 13 assists while Paul Pierce and Ray Allen each notched 19 points. Glen Davis had 11 points but Boston's bench combined for just nine points.

Charlotte must be one of the most boring teams in the league, even under new (but old) head coach Paul Silas. Like why would you ever want to go see the Bobcats in action?

Gerald Wallace led the Bobcats with 20 points, D.J. Augistin had 19 points, Stephen Jackson scored 13 points and a fat Boris Diaw added 11 points.

It was tied at 24 after the first quarter and 42 all at halftime. Boston went ahead with a 27-24 third quarter and outscored Charlotte by a basket (30-28) in the fourth.

For the game, the Celts shot 52.2% to 42.1% for the Bobcats. Boston made five more 3-pointers (8-3) while Charlotte hit eight more free throws (27-19) and grabbed 13 more rebounds (42-29) which is pathetic. Thanks to Rondo as always, Boston had seven more assists (22-15) while the Bobcats recorded two more steals (5-3). Shaq helped the Cs get six more blocks (8-2) and six more points in the paint (44-38).

Things figure to pick up on Monday as the Orlando Magic come to town. (Fingers crossed) Kevin Garnett might return as well from his latest calf injury, we shall see.

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