Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Scal = 5 Straight
The 34-9 defending NBA Champion Boston Celtics recently went through a 2-7 slump which had many worried, including the Coach. Then news of an injury to bruising center Kendrick Perkins put Head Coach Doc Rivers in an interesting position. Do I start one of my key big bodies off of the bench (Leon Powe or Glen Davis) or do I roll the dice and start a guy that doesn’t play much but knows our system well and will mesh well with the first unit until Perk returns. Well Doc went with Brian Scalabrine and the Red Head has helped the Celtics rip off five straight wins including a thrashing of the Phoenix Suns last night in Boston. Scal and Garnett matched up with Shaq and Amare in the early stages before Leon and Big Baby got their chances and they never let the Phoenix front line get going. Scal made sure he leaned on Amare each trip down the floor defensively and busted his butt up the court after each Celtics stop to put pressure on the slower retreating Suns. In basketball it is sometimes just as much about the role players as it is the stars and this is a perfect example. Scal will give you what he can every night: good defense on and off the ball, wise decision making and on those special nights he’ll find his groove from behind the arc and knock out a couple of open 3’s. Heck he is even getting to the rim for a few dunks as you can see below. During the five wins he is averaging 8 points per game but again it is the little things and the chemistry that don’t show up in the box score, you need to watch the game with a close eye for things like that.
Coach is on the move like Tony and Jack…