Coming into the game, the Celtics and Pistons split their previous meetings with the road team winning both games. Remember the last time at the Fleet, er Garden? Tony Allen fouled Chauncey Billups as time expired and Chauncey hit both free throws to ice the game for the Pistons.
Not this time. I’ll be honest I didn’t tune in until about 8:49 left in the fourth quarter when the C’s were up by one. Then the Celtics just took control and took it to the Pistons. After taking heat in this very column for stupid fouls and poor play, Perk blew up for 20 and 10. No, not the 20 and 10 you’re thinking. 20 rebounds to go with his 10 points.
With Perk grabbing all those boards what’s Garnett supposed to do? How about score the most points he’s scored in a Celtics uniform with 31. I know it’s not the 50 that LeBron dropped on the Knicks but the Celtics were playing an NBA team not some dysfunctional clusterfuck of a bastardized franchise.
Now not to play the Pats “no respect” card for this team but they’re ranked 3rd on the power rankings. That’s right, 3rd behind the Lakers and the Spurs. Correct me if I’m wrong but haven’t we beat both those teams this year? I think I remember the C’s beating the snot out of the Fakers on Causeway Day, again on December 30th at L.A. by 19 and beating the Spurs behind Rondo’s double double (11 rebounds, 12 assists) with the Big Baby defending Duncan like a champ.
The Celtics have the best record in the league and beat the two teams ahead of them on the Power Rankings. I’m no expert and perhaps I’m a little bit of a homer but if you have the best record the only team that should be ahead of you is a hot team that you lost to earlier in the year. But that’s just me.
The true test for the C’s has yet to come. Well, what’s left on the schedule. The have a stretch starting on March 17th at San Antonio, the 18th at Houston, the 20th at Dallas and the 22nd at New Orleans. Oh and after hosting Philly they get the Suns at home. That’s going to be a tough trip for the C’s, but if they step it up like they did last night we could all take a que from the Guy and not be worried.