Boston Celtics Use Strong Team Effort To Spoil Paul Pierce's Return

By Scott Groff
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Many have felt that the Boston Celtics have quit on the 2013-14 season, but on this night in front of their home fans, they finally showed some “Celtic pride.” Boston held the Brooklyn Nets to 36.3 percent shooting on the night en route to a 91-84 victory on Friday night. For Paul Pierce, it had to have been an embarrassing night, as his heavily favored Nets couldn’t get anything going all game long, as he finished with only 10 points on 4-11 shooting.

Pierce was a member of the Celtics for 14 years, winning a championship in the process, and he looked like a man that still hasn’t gotten over being traded. On this night, Boston might have proven they are better off without the aging star. In fact, the entire Brooklyn team clearly looked like dead-men-walking, as they could only muster 14 points in the fourth quarter when they were in desperate need of a comeback.

On the other hand, Boston got everyone involved, with eight players scoring at least five points. In order for Boston to squeeze out a few more wins before the season ends, they will continue to need strong performances from everybody. They can’t win games with individuals trying to make one-on-one plays, not with that roster.

Rajon Rondo had an interesting game, dishing out nine assists with seven turnovers, but he made up for some of those turnovers with seven steals. He then got it going from three (3-6), which isn’t exactly his forte, but it was pivotal for a rare Celtics win. Another former Celtic, Kevin Garnett was not able to make the trip back to Boston Garden due to back spasms, and he was clearly missed.

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