Sugar High

12.08.08 9 years ago
Ray AllenRay Allen (photo. Jordan Brand)

Forget that the Celtics just destroyed the Pacers five days ago. With an 11-game win streak on the line, if there was ever a sub.-500 team Boston wanted no parts of last night, it was Indiana. Having already beat the Celtics once at home, Indy was confident throughout this one, even when they fell into a double-digit hole in the first quarter and came back to grab the lead at halftime on Marquis Daniels‘ halfcourt shot. It was shot-for-shot, stop-for-stop for most of the second half and overtime, but in the end, the Pacers couldn’t make shots (multiple air-balls in the fourth) or get key rebounds when they had to, plus they couldn’t stop Ray Allen. Dropping 35 points on seven triples, Ray took over in crunch time, hitting whatever game-tying, go-ahead or dagger shots the Celtics needed. As Indiana play-by-play guy Chris Denari put it, “You feel like there’s a magnet in the net when Ray Allen is shooting.” … One of Boston’s best players throughout their now 12-game streak, Rajon Rondo had one of his worst games. Twice in the fourth quarter he sent passes sailing into the crowd: first when he and KG (17 pts, 20 rebs, 5 stls) misread each other on an alley-oop, and then with 0.8 seconds left, when Rondo threw a crucial inbounds to nobody wearing a uniform. And is there anyone in the League who passes up more shots right under the basket? … After his KG-inspired public meltdown, Big Baby Davis was a good soldier yesterday. He was taking charges, running around like Jimmy V in ’83 looking for somebody to screen, barely ever seeing the ball and liking it. Baby didn’t even get upset when he got the ball free throw line extended and Rasho Nesterovic intentionally played seven feet off him, daring him to shoot … Quinn Buckner on the Celtics’ green-and-black unis: “I’m not a fashion aficionado, but that stinks.” … It was predicable and easy to peg what happened during Lakers/Bucks. Because they took the Bucks lightly, the Lakers were sloppy; but because the Bucks stink anyway, the result was never in question. Add it up and you’ve got a boring game. Kobe scored 20 while L.A. cruised, and Milwaukee’s starters combined for 18 points while only one of them (Bogut) played more than 20 minutes …

Chris BoshChris Bosh, Dime #33

The Raptors are learning that perception is reality. Even if they don’t always play soft, as long as they put that image out there, it’ll stick. With everything that happened in their loss to the Blazers, no one’s gonna remember that Toronto came back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter. They’ll remember the Raps getting dominated on the glass again (48-31), and Chris Bosh (19 pts, 5 rebs) playing below-average after Greg Oden split his head open with an elbow, and Steve Blake sticking the game-winner with eight seconds left over notoriously bad defender Jose Calderon … Wasn’t it last year when the Raps lost a heartbreaker in OT to the Blazers in Toronto? That was when Travis Outlaw hit a four-point play over Jamario Moon to force OT, then Brandon Roy took over in the extra frame. This time it was Roy and Bosh trading buckets in crunch-time before Blake’s dagger. It’s starting to become a trend. If Vince Carter ever ended up on the Blazers, what kind of hell would be unleashed whenever they traveled to Toronto? … And what is going on with the Pistons? Dime’s Andrew Katz was at MSG yesterday for Knicks/Pistons, and here’s what he saw: “It was remarkable how dysfunctional the Pistons offense looked. Their basic set — a simple motion offense that starts with downscreens — didn’t result in any easy looks at all. And Michael Curry didn’t really know how to get it going. He tried to take A.I. out for the majority of the 1st quarter and see what happened, but no dice. He tried to take ‘Sheed out for the second quarter. That helped a little bit, but not much. In the second half, it worked a little better, as Detroit closed a big gap (29-point Knick lead) to single digits in the 4th quarter when Stuckey and A.I. were in together.” … Keep in mind the loss came against an NY team that only had seven guys, and two of them were named Tim Thomas and Jared Jeffries. The Knicks had one real guard available, and zero guards on the bench. Chris Duhon played the whole 48 (with back spasms) and dropped 25 points, five boards and nine assists, while Q started at the two and scored 23. David Lee pulled down 19 boards … In Detroit’s locker room pre-game, Rip and Tayshaun were hanging with ‘Sheed and listening to him be ridiculous, while Iverson was watching “Martin” re-runs on DVD and laughing out loud … We’re out like Duhon getting a rest …

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