Undoubtedly the most interesting game, in terms of play-off consequences, last night was the match up between Boston and Milwaukee in Milwaukee. Boston were gunning for the Atlantic Division title but looked sluggish throughout, never really taking the game and the Bucks by the scruff of the neck and showing that when Garnett is out they need the whole team to step up. The team did not.
Watching everyone bar Perkins was painful, the worst being the pitiful 4th quarter showing when, even with Villanueva fouled out, they still couldn’t capitalise on the Buck’s 32.6% shooting. The Bucks have to be praised for their defence and in particular their rebounding, you can’t shoot 32.6% without a few offensive boards and 21 of their 47 rebounds were off the Celtics’ glass. Bogut was the best with 10 and 3 on offense and earnt a solid double double.
This was a team effort from the Bucks and that’s what you have to do when playing a team that’s lost less than 20 games, 6 players had double figures and the scoring was smooth, the less said about Boston’s scoring and some of the wild shots that Tony Allen shot the better.
The Celtics will hope to bounce back and win the division against Chicago on Tuesday night and I daresay they will do it, good teams don’t keep losing. Well apart from Detroit. Oh wait I said good didn’t I, don’t worry. Any team that loses to Memphis should be roundly laughed at but to lose AT HOME to the Grizzlies entitles the Pistons starting five to a session in the stocks. Upon where the whole of the NBA (including the Memphis franchise and the ghost of Bill Davidson, who I‘m sure was spinning in his coffin watching that performance) will, instead of rotten tomatoes, throw basketballs emblazoned with the number of away wins Memphis had to their name before last night’s game (3) at their faces so that they can start to realise a) How bad it was to lose to them at home and b) the number of new starters they’re going to need before they can become serious play-off material again. Incidentally I see Charlotte as the team that will pip them to the 8th spot.
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