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Post by 112288 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:50 pm

GAME STATS

REBOUNDS - CELTICS 44/CHAR 47......Offensive - CELTICS 8 /CHAR 10 ......Defensive - CELTICS 36/CHAR 37
POINTS IN THE PAINT - CELTICS 32 /CHAR 34
FAST BREAK POINTS - CELTICS 15 / CHAR 9
FG - CELTICS - 32/77 ( 41.6 %) CHAR 33/77 (42.9 %)
3PM - CELTICS 6/14 (42.9 %) CHAR 8/18 ( 44.4 %)
FTM - CELTICS 21/26 ( 80.8 %) CHAR 20/30 (66.7 %)
TO - CELTICS 10 / CHAR 10
ASSISTS - CELTICS 26/ CHAR 22
STL - CELTICS 6/ CHAR 6
BLK - CELTICS 7 / CHAR 7
PF - CELTICS 24 / CHAR 19
BENCH POINTS - CELTICS 42 / CHAR 26
TOTAL TEAM TURNOVERS (Points off turnovers) – CELTICS 10 (13) /CHAR 10 (9)

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Rapid Reaction: Bobcats 94, Celtics 91

By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

Rapid reaction after the Charlotte Bobcats defeated the Boston Celtics 94-91 on Monday night at Time Warner Cable Arena:

THE NITTY GRITTY
Byron Mullens scored 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting with 18 rebounds to pace the Bobcats, but it was Gerald Henderson (16 points) and Ramon Sessions (19 points) that hit the big shots down the stretch to help Charlotte snap Boston's seven-game winning streak. Jeff Green scored a team-high 18 points (though he curiously spent half the fourth quarter on the bench), while Kevin Garnett -- fresh off playing 47 minutes in Sunday's triple-overtime win over Denver -- chipped in 16 points and 13 rebounds over 29 minutes. Both Paul Pierce (13 points) and Avery Bradley (8 points) had a chance to tie the game on Boston's final possession, but the Celtics simply ran out of gas.

TURNING POINT
A Henderson layup with under four minutes to play had Charlotte out front by a point, but Jason Terry answered with a 3-pointer and Garnett hit consecutive fadeaways to give Boston an 89-85 lead with 2:46 remaining. Charlotte wouldn't go quietly and Sessions followed a Henderson triple with an 18-foot jumper to put the 'Cats out front 92-91 with 25 ticks to play. Garnett missed a clean look at an 18-footer from the left side and Walker made two freebies before Pierce and Bradley missed potential tying shots on Boston's final possession.

BARBOSA (KNEE) DEPARTS
Celtics backup guard Leandro Barbosa suffered a left knee injury late in the third quarter and needed to be carried from the floor. Hop HERE to read more, but it's the latest bite from a pesky injury bug that already forced Rajon Rondo (knee) and Jared Sullinger (back) out for the remainder of the season.

WHAT IT MEANS
The Celtics knew it wouldn't be easy after Sunday's marathon and simply couldn't hold on at the end. Garnett, Pierce, and Terry gave a gutsy effort after playing monster minutes against Denver, but you could see the team had heavy legs. Boston falls to 6-7 on the second night of back-to-backs this season, including 3-7 on the road. The Celtics will take a day off before closing out the first half of their season by hosting the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night at TD Garden. Five well-earned days off await before a five-game road trip out west to start the second half.
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Bobcats end Celtics' winning streak, 94-91

A. SHERROD BLAKLEY

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The fatigue that typically comes with a triple-overtime game caught up with the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter, dropping a 94-91 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.

A mid-range jumper by Ramon Sessions put the Bobcats ahead 92-91 with 25.7 seconds to play.

After a Kevin Garnett miss, former UConn star Kemba Walker made a pair of free throws to give the Bobcats a three-point lead with less than 15 seconds to play.

Following a Celtics time-out, Paul Pierce and then Avery Bradley each missed potential game-tying 3s.

Charlotte grabbed the loose ball and ran time out.

The C's may have lost more than just a game on Monday. Leandro Barbosa went down late in the third quarter with a left knee injury. He could not put any weight on the injury and had to be carried off the court by teammate Fab Melo and team trainer Ed Lacerte.

Barbosa's injury makes an already short-handed roster that much thinner with his injury coming on the heels of the Celtics losing Rajon Rondo (torn right ACL) and Jared Sullinger (back surgery) for the season.

Compounding the matter was that head coach Doc Rivers came into Monday's game wanting to limit the minutes of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett who logged 54 and 47 minutes, respectively, in the C's triple overtime win over Denver Sunday night.

Pierce and Garnett didn't spend a ton of time on the floor in the first half as they played about half of the first quarter and the second half of the second quarter before tallying six and eight points, respectively. Pierce finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists while Garnett tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Even with them seeing limited action, Boston still managed to take a 48-42 lead into the half.

Well aware that the C's dynamic duo of Pierce and Garnett would be limited, it afforded Jeff Green to be a more featured part of the Celtics game plan.

And to his credit, Green delivered.

At 6-foot-9, the Bobcats struggled to find a matchup that limited his effectiveness.

When they put 6-5 Gerald Henderson on him, Green took him on the block and scored in the post.

Charlotte tried to go with more size and that didn't work, either. He just beat them down court or off the dribble in half court sets.

It all set the stage for an 11-point first half for Green who has now scored in double figures in eight of the C's last nine games. He finished with a team-high 18 points.

But the Bobcats are known for being a competitive bunch, and Monday was no exception.

Early on, it was Byron Mullens (11 first-quarter points) keeping them afloat. It didn't take long before their leading scorer, former UConn star Kemba Walker got going. Mullens led all scorers with 25 points while Walker chipped in with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists.
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CELTICS RUN OUT OF STEAM IN LOSS TO BOBCATS 02.11.13 at 9:39 pm ET
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An exhausted Celtics team, coming off a triple-overtime triumph over the Nuggets on Sunday night, ran out of steam down the stretch in Charlotte on Monday night, falling 94-91. The loss, which came on the 50th birthday of Charlotte owner Michael Jordan, halted Boston's season-long winning streak at seven games.

The Celtics entered the fourth-quarter down by three, but managed to surge ahead by four late in the fourth quarter. However, the Bobcats bounced back with a late 7-0 run that included a 20-foot jumper by Ramon Sessions from the top of the key with 25 seconds remaining to give the Bobcats the a 92-91 lead. After a missed 3-point attempt by Kevin Garnett, Kemba Walker hit a pair of free throws to put Charlotte up by three. Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley then missed potential game-tying 3-point attempts in the waning seconds of the game to seal the Celtics' first defeat since losing Rajon Rondo.

Byron Mullens led Charlotte with 25 points and 18 rebounds. Jeff Green led the Celtics with 18 points, while Kevin Garnett delivered a double-double, scoring 16 and collecting 13 rebounds. Paul Pierce, meanwhile, scored 13 with eight boards and eight assists.

In the loss, Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa suffered a non-contact injury to his left knee in the third quarter that required him to be carried into the Celtics locker room. He did not return.

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Re: POST GAME BOB CATS

Post by 112288 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:51 pm

CAN DELONTE WEST BE FAR BEHIND?

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Re: POST GAME BOB CATS

Post by NYCelt on Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:36 pm

112288 wrote:CAN DELONTE WEST BE FAR BEHIND?

112288

How about Shelvin Mack?

C's recently said they have no interest in West; it was Ainge, I think.

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Re: POST GAME BOB CATS

Post by tjmakz on Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:01 pm

NYCelt wrote:
112288 wrote:CAN DELONTE WEST BE FAR BEHIND?

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How about Shelvin Mack?

C's recently said they have no interest in West; it was Ainge, I think.

Mack would be my guess for Boston.

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Re: POST GAME BOB CATS

Post by gyso on Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:18 pm

Shelvin Mack:

Strengths:
* Tough, competitive leader
* Good passer
* Strong
* Good rebounder for his position
* Works hard on defense
* Likes to take clutch shots—and makes a lot of them

Weaknesses:
* Shot has been inconsistent (flat trajectory when fatigued)
* Some scouts wonder about conditioning and body weight
* Needs to continue to develop left hand on the dribble

http://www.nba.com/draft/2011/prospects/shelvin-mack/


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Re: POST GAME BOB CATS

Post by worcester on Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:41 pm

Can Doc suit up? He knows the plays.

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Post by dboss on Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:24 am

Missed opportunity to pick up a game on Chicago and Indiana who also lost.

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Post by gyso on Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:27 am



We gotta get him in correct uniform!!



Now I know why Doc kept him around!!

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Post by bobheckler on Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:36 am

We got tired. Simple as that.


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Post by 112288 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:10 am

The way things are going...........will they play the game we are attending on March 16th or call it due to the lack of players?

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Post by MDCelticsFan on Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:12 pm

The hangover effects of the triple OT victory over the Nuggets had as much to do with that loss as the Bobcats did. There comes a time when you just can't get blood from a turnip. The guys that suited up just didn't have enough gas left in the tank. Maybe a pre game meal of chilli, beans, rice and hard boiled eggs would have cured that.

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Post by mrkleen09 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:38 pm

No complains here. They almost got it....aside from a few tough bounces.

Barbosa is another blow....but win or lose, this team has really showed the heart of a champion.

Jason Terry is making us all forget about Ray Allen. Even with the slow start, his stats are almost even with Ray....and in spite of how some of you feel, Jason is a better defender than Ray at this point.

Same thing with Jeff Green. I think his play over the last 3 weeks should put all the discussion about his long term viability to rest. He is most certainly ready to step up and be the starting SF when the captain retires.

Lets get one from the Bulls on Wednesday and head into the break with the momentum.

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Post by sam on Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:22 pm

Mrkleen,

I was really impressed with what amounted to Terry's game-saving defensive play a couple of games ago. I remember wondering why Doc didn't sub Lee for him, and he came up with that very tenacious play.

Agreed about Green too. I believe he can turn into a defensive stalwart, which will be most welcome whenever Paul Pierce leaves the team.

Welcome back from your honeymoon.

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Post by mrkleen09 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:27 pm

Thanks Sam. Going to send a PM to you shortly. Totally unimportant question, but would like a bit of advice.

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Post by steve3344 on Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:26 pm

bobheckler wrote:We got tired. Simple as that.


If we got tired, we got tired for ONE MINUTE. We had a four point lead AND the ball with 1:08 to play when KG missed a jumper that would surely have clinched the game. About 30 seconds earlier Jet missed a three-pointer that would also have sealed the deal.

But we were in good shape for 47 minutes. Too bad you have to play 48.

Brutal loss. On top of that the Nets who we are trying to catch went into Indiana without Deron Williams and beat the Pacers in OT. And Atlanta, another team just above us beat Dallas in Dallas. At least Milwaukee and Philly lost so neither gained ground on us.

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Post by cowens/oldschool on Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:33 pm

One glimmer was how good Pierce and Jeff Green looked compared to Michael Kidd Gilhurst or whatever his name is. They say how Pierce is not a great athlete, well against a supposedly lottery pick and the most athletic 3 coming out of the draft, Pierce athletically sure didn't look overmatched and neither did Jeff Green as he is usually the most athletic player on the floor.

I've seen Kidd Gilhurst a few times and don't see any of the athleticism that was so apparent last year in college. Hes nothing close to Igoudala either, anyway love the way Jeff Green is asserting himself in alot of areas, besides the highlight dunks hes really grinding now on defense too.

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Post by sam on Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:39 am

Cow,

I had thought Sully would emerge as the feel-good story of the year. Now, Jeff Green is looking pretty good for that mantle.

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Post by cowens/oldschool on Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:16 am

Sam agreed I thought Doc made a mistake taking Green out late, with Sullys injury Green is gonna have to pick up some/alot of those minutes.

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Post by sam on Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:36 am

Cow,

We really have three impact players for the positions of SF and PF: Bass, Green and Pierce. If each plays 32 minutes, that's a total of 96 minutes (or exactly the equivalent of one full game for each of the two positions. So there's not a lot of leeway for fouls and virtually none for injuries. Yes, I know that Wilcox can play some PF, but I don't relish that thought.

And the same thing's now true at the SG and PG positions with Lee, Terry and Bradlee.

The height of irony is that, with KG arguably playing more consistently well at center than at PF, the team's greatest depth is at the center position: KG, Wilcox, Collins.

Obviously, Danny has to make some moves. I believe he's legally required to do so. But, at this moment, this seems to be a team that functions best under adversity. That's not a bad identity, considering that the playoffs are one big sack of adversity. But the identities of the guys Danny gets—and whether they're bench-enders or PJ Brown types—will determine whether or not the team will be worn to a frazzle by the time the playoffs roll around.

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