The Boston Celtics cruised to a 119-93 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score indicated. The Celts, who led by 41 early in the third, finished the first quarter with a 16 point lead and went into the halftime break up 77-38. KG, Ray-Ray and the Truth looked as if they had played together for years, shooting a combined 28-41 from the field for 71 points. The Nuggets, playing back-to-back road games never looked like they would pose a threat. Barring injury, the Celts are going to be a very tough team to deal with this season. They have three motivated all-stars in their prime and the early indication is that chemistry will not be an issue. KG has completely altered what this team can and will do defensively. He, along with Kendrick Perkins, provide the Celts with a toughness underneath that they have lacked since the Big Three.
I know its early in the season, but how are the Nugs in this bad of shape? This is a good team with a ton of talent and they barely showed up tonight. Last night, they blew a big lead late against the pathetic Knicks. Running out of gas while 600+ pounds of Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph were running wild on them is an absolute disgrace. You would think that practicing up in Denver would give them a stamina advantage. Get these guys running some suicides, Karl! Denver is destined this season to win 50-55 games, playing mostly .500 ball for the majority of the season with one or two crazy streaks where they rip off ten straight on the strength of Camby, AI and ‘Melo playing lights out. Then they will lose first round in the playoffs. Different year, same story. Oh, by the way Denver… stick a fork in KMart, he is D-U-N, DONE! At this point, the “Badass Yellow Boy” brings nothing to the table. Play Nene at the 4.
Hawks Stun Suns
Speaking of early season, back-to-back road games… Atlanta held Phoenix to 41% shooting en route to an impressive 105-96 win. Fantasy stud Josh Smith aka J-Smoove led five Hawks in double figures with 22 points, 10 boards, 4 assists, 4 steals and 5 blocks. Rookie Al Horford ripped down 15 rebounds for the Hawks. The Suns used a rotation of six as no one outside the starters and supersub Leandrinho Barbosa scored a point or played more than 6 minutes. Thats not a winning recipe for the second of back-to-back roadies, even for a team like the Suns. For the record, the Hawks have already beaten the Mavs and the Suns this season. Is this the year they actually field a competitive squad? I’m still not sold that they’re a playoff team. Though drafting in the top 5 for the last 20 years, you would think at some point the blind squirrels down in Atlanta would find a nut. With Joe Johnson, J-Smoove, J-Chill, Marvin Williams and rookies Horford and Acie Law, the Hawks finally seem to be moving in the right direction. Its amazing that this team has not been relevant since Spud Webb and ‘Nique were battling Jordan for Slam Dunk titles and people considered the Omni a “state-of-the-art” facility. Yeah, its been a while.
Highlights From the Other Early Games
Clippers Continue to Roll
The Clips won at Indiana, 104-89, to improve to a shocking 4-0. Sam Cassell went off for 35 tonight on 13-20 shooting and Chris Kaman continued his ridiculous play as he dropped 15 points and grabbed 22 boards! For the season, he is averaging 16.8 points, 16.5 boards, 2 blocks and shooting 50% from the field and 87% from the line. Holy shit! Who is this guy?
Bobcats Get Slammed Again
Charlotte improved on last night’s 32 point loss to Phoenix by losing to Philly by only 31 tonight. Great job, guys! I guess, they can forget about that 2-0 start now down in Charlotte.
Orlando Improves to 4-1
The Magic made a nice statement winning at Toronto to improve to 4-1 while the Raps drop their third in a row. This is the most impressive win so far for the Magic as all five starters scored in double figures, led by Hedo Turkoglu with 24 points and 15 rebounds.
Spurs Beat Heat… Obviously
In the only other early game tonight, San Antonio beat Miami. San Antonio is nasty, Miami sucks. What else is there to say. Of course, this was the early ESPN game. A 88-78 treat for the entire nation! Fortunately for me, I had the Celts-Nugs in HD and of course NBA League Pass to fall back on. NBA League Pass will be the best $159 I spend this year!