For only the second time in their last seventeen meetings, the Boston Celtics beat the San Antonio Spurs. Now, for a team with the best record in the NBA, a win like this would not seem significant. However, the Celtics won without All-Star forward Kevin Garnett. The Celtics have proven all the doubters wrong. They have silenced all those who believed that all it would take for the Celtics season to come crashing down was an injury to one of the so-called “Boston Three Party”.
Since Garnett went down with an abdominal strain, the Celtics have gone 5-2, with wins coming against some of the best teams in the league, including the Dallas Mavericks and defending champion Spurs. The Celtics are not rushing Garnett back, and it was announced today that Garnett would miss the All-Star Game in order to heal up for the second half of the season.
The Celtics won today without the services of starting center Kendrick Perkins, who was out with a strained left shoulder and is most likely to be out until after the All-Star break.
For the Celtics, the upcoming break will provide much-needed rest to a team that is beaten down physically. However, despite their mounting injuries and ailments, a role player will step up and provide the clutch play when called upon. Leon Powe hit the game-winning put-back on Friday night in Minnesota. Rajon Rondo led the C’s with 11 rebounds and 12 assists today against the Spurs. And Glen “Big Baby” Davis played one of the grittiest games of his young career, coming up with big defensive stands in the fourth quarter and preventing Tim Duncan from getting open for easy shots.
After the break, the Celtics have a west-coast road trip, with five games against the conference that they have yet to lose to this season. They travel to Denver to meet Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby, Kenyon Martin and the rest of the Nuggets, then they travel to Golden State to battle the young and fiesty Warriors, then its a duel in the desert with the Phoenix Suns, and they end the trip with a battle with the scrappy Trail Blazers and a trip to Hollywood to play the Clippers. If the Celtics can come back home on February 27th with an over .500 road trip, then they will look at it as a success, as they have been managing to play some of their grittiest basketball, despite losing two starters to injuries.
This entire roster deserves a Tommy Point.