|Posted by paul on February 20, 2012 at 10:20 PM|
The story of this defeat is pretty similar to those of other recent defeats, in that the Mavs ruled the Celtics in the paint. They outrebounding the Celtics, loading up with offensive rebounds. Surprisingly, Pietrus pitched in with 12 rebounds.
Defensively the Celtics did ok. On offense, they continued the recent pattern of relying heavily on jump shots, while not attacking the basket enough, and they had a lot of turnovers. Final numbers in the box score don't reflect the game, as there were six minutes of garbage time.
Nowitski had a big game, with 26 points (21 in the first half) and 16 rebounds.
Together the two teams shot an astounding 49 3s! They combined to hit 14 of those 3s!
The Celtics had 17 assists. That's not a good number for them. Paul got his 20 points. Allen had 15. Johnson and Moore unleashed torrents of shots in garbage time. Bradley had 12 points on 6-11 shooting. He was third in shots taken, and he seemed to have a lot of confidence, despite being blocked several times. Wilcox only had 3 shots, which I think reflects the lack of attacking the basket going on.