Friday, February 19, 2010
CELTICS BEAT L.A.
I hate being cynical. That's a lie. I love being cynical. And while normally an 87-86 road win against the Lakers would be monumental, I'm not going to throw a parade for beating a Kobe-less Laker team.
Granted, LA was 4-0 without Kobe. The Patriots once went 11-5 without Tom Brady.
The Lakers aren't the real Lakers without Kobe. The Celtics played a solid defensive game, which is made easier without Kobe.
But wins are wins are wins. And those wins are at a premium right now. The Celtics, Hawks, and Magic are separated by 1.5 games. And the Celtics have lost many more games because of their injuries than they've won because of their opponents'.
Ray Allen led the C's in scoring with 24 (10/15 from the field, 4/6 for 3). KG had 14 with 8 boards. Kendrick Perkins had a great night, with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Rondo also had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The bench only scored 12 points, which will hopefully change once Robinson arrives.
Celtics @ Portland tonight at 10:30.
AP Photo/Lori Shepler