Baby Food

01.06.08 10 years ago 59 Comments

All those All-Stars on the court for Celtics/Pistons, and who was the difference-maker? Big Baby. He was HUGE (naturally) in the fourth, scoring 16 of his game-high 20 points in the quarter and coming up and coming up with clutch plays left and right to help the Celtics get their biggest win of the season. In the last two or three minutes of the game, Big Baby kept getting open under the basket and kept racking up and-one buckets. There was all that talk about Davis being undersized and overweight, but the kid is gonna be a player in the League, something in the mold of Zach Randolph and Al Jefferson at best, but more of a role player than a go-to guy. The turning point of the game happened with about a minute left: Paul Pierce missed a baseline fadeaway, but Big Baby got a monster offensive rebound, got it back to Pierce, and the ball eventually came back around to him for an and-one that put Boston up by four. After Chauncey Billups made a free throw after a play where Davis by all accounts should have drawn a charge (and after which Davis kicked his feet on the ground like a little kid having a temper tantrum), Pierce and Davis hooked up for another inside bucket to put the C’s up five with about 10 seconds left and effectively end it. After Detroit took a timeout and Big Baby took a seat, KG went over to him doing the Sam Cassell/Pedro Cerrano dance … Right before Pierce’s consecutive drive-and-dish plays to Big Baby, Tony Allen had turned the ball over on a big possession and then almost turned it over another time. C’s play-by-play man Mike Gorman: “Do you keep Tony in at point guard?” Tommy Heinsohn: “Absolutely. But I have Pierce bring the ball up.” … Great game between these two, just like last time. At the tip, Kendrick Perkins started off the game looking like an All-Star, scoring Boston’s first six points after Detroit kept leaving him open. But then it turned into the Jason Maxiell & Rasheed Wallace Variety Hour. Max got a couple of dunks and got KG into foul trouble, sending him to the bench five minutes into the first quarter. Then Rasheed lured James Posey into the Chamber of Unfathomable Sadness, giving him major buckets as the Pistons appeared to take a stranglehold on the game. Then KG came back in during the second quarter, and the C’s immediately improved while the bounces started going their way – one time Maxiell swatted a KG shot in the lane and the ball went right out to Ray Allen, who stuck a three. Detroit led by two at halftime … Second half, Ray got in foul trouble, but KG made some tough shots in the lane and held the defense together to keep it a back-and-forth game until Big baby went off. Pierce (19 pts, 9 rebs, 7 asts) also got the eye of the tiger during that stretch and going into the fourth – sometimes he hurt the team when he’d shoot it too early or when he didn’t have to shoot, or pick up a charge trying to do too much; other times Pierce stepped up and hit some huge buckets and made those passes to Davis … Two spots where Detroit lost it: When they failed to capitalize on that big first-half lead by taking some key guys out (Prince, Maxiell) and not keeping their foot on the gas, and in the last 3-4 minutes, when they missed some big shots they should have made. Rip Hamilton (18 pts, 8 asts) missed a mid-range jumper that’s usually a bunny for him, and Billups shocked the world when he missed two free throws in a row. The bricks came right after Gorman had just talked up how automatic Billups is from the line, sparking Heinsohn to yell, “You got your degree from Salem U! Witchcraft!” … Said by one of Portland’s announcers during Jazz/Blazers: “This is the fourth quarter! This is Travis Outlaw time!” Whoever would have thought we’d hear that call during an NBA game? And it just shows how much Outlaw has improved within the season even; it wasn’t long ago that every time we tuned into a Blazers game, one of the announcers was wondering out loud why Outlaw was playing … Outlaw was killing Utah in the fourth, but it was Martell Webster who shot Portland into the blowout win. Webster scored 24 points in the third quarter alone, carrying a team that didn’t have Brandon Roy (tailbone) in the second half … Safe to say that Utah wants no parts of Portland in a playoff series. The only game of the four that Utah won in their season series was in Salt Lake, and Nate McMillan wasn’t with the team that night due to a family funeral … The blowout got so bad that the crowd starting chanting for McMillan to put Josh McRoberts in. And how sad is it that McRoberts is already a mascot? … Like the Suns, the Hornets have enough shooters to throw enough shots at the rim that something’s bound to go in after a while. That’s what they did last night, struggling through the first half while Chris Paul (11-for-26 FGs) couldn’t make a shot, until Mo Pete and Peja (8 triples combined) started making it rain … So how does it work that Eddy Curry gets 6 boards in the same game where Zach Randolph pulls down 22? Eddy’s got a couple of inches on Zach, more weight (makes for positioning), and he’s got a teeny bit of athleticism versus zero for Zach. So it’s all gotta come down to some combo of instincts and heart, right? Either way, all those rebounds weren’t enough for New York to knock off the Rockets. Yao scored 30 to go with 8 boards, 6 dimes and 4 blocks … Another triple-double for Jason Kidd, but he almost messed around and got the bad quadruple-double: 10 points, 13 boards, 14 assists and 7 turnovers in a win over Atlanta … Did you see Richard Jefferson‘s dunk over Shelden Williams? That was just wrong …

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