Boston Celtics 96, Brooklyn Nets 97
Paul Pierce is more than ready for the season
In yesterday`s game Doc Rivers was making experiments on his rotation for the upcoming season. The Boston Celtics had three big additions to their squad to fill Ray Allen`s departure this summer. Jason Terry and Courtney Lee are perfect team players and they will add depth to the Celtics squad. In addition, Jeff Green is back. He was known as a solid power forward-small forward in the NBA for previous seasons and he has been showing signs of a return to that form in the preseason. The Celtics offense was based on Paul Pierce’s productivity last night because Rajon Rondo was not playing well. Rajon was not looking for his shot but he did end up with a lot of assists. Rondo ended the game with 11 assists. He had 6 turnovers and just 5 points. Paul Pierce did well both on defense and offense. He scored 29 points and had 5 rebounds and most of the points came in the first half. Paul Pierce played only 27 minutes in the game. Rondo had treatment at the end of the game and it seems like he has some issues with his wrist. The Boston Celtics were ahead by 10 points in the fourth quarter and they did not use their starting five players in the last minutes of the quarter. Brooklyn Nets took the advantage of it and won the game by 1 point.
Brooklyn Nets; Rotation players
Coach Avery Johnson did not use their starting five in the game against Celtics and they had a chance to see how their rotation players were against Celtics. In my opinion, Andray Blatche played really strong and had 23 points and 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. Former Euroleague player Mirza Teletovic did well in the game. He had 18 points against the Celtics and showed positive signals for his NBA Career.
Last year, he played in Euroleague and he was one of the most valuable power forwards in the Euroleague. He was known as a solid shooter and sharp three pointer. In the game he had 10 three points attemps and made 4 of them.
Game Key Point; Free Throws
Boston Celtics had an average of 87.5% free throw percentage and Brooklyn Nets had an average of 55.6%. Another key point was Celtics had 24 free throw attempts and only 2 of them was in the second hald