Granted, it was a game that everyone expected them to win, as it was on home court and against the pitiful New York Knicks, who’d just ended an embarassing ten-game losing streak, the Boston Celtics went out there last night and did what they’ve done 40 other times this season: win.
But the win did not come without a price. Brian Scalabrine and Glen “Big Baby” Davis both went down with game-ending injuries. Scalabrine suffered a strained right groin and Davis left with a strained left quadriceps, which looked a lot worse than it actually was when it happened. Davis was on crutches and in visible pain following the game, and the entire Celtics team can now breathe a sigh of relief that they are at the All-Star break.
The Celtics, with the exception of All-Stars Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, and Sophomore All-Star Rajon Rondo. Allen found out last night that he’d be going to New Orleans to participate in the All-Star Game at halftime of last night’s win, when coach Doc Rivers informed him that he’d be replacing Washington Wizards forward Caron Butler.
Replacement center Leon Powe continued his phenomenal play, scoring 18 points, grabbing 8 rebounds, and shooting 7-of-9 from the field. It’s play like that that could vault Powe into a sixth-man role once Kendrick Perkins returns following the break.
The Celtics now have five days off before their annual mid-February west coast road trip, which starts next Tuesday night in Denver as the Green battles with the Nuggets, who are headlined by Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony, two of the NBA’s top-five scorers. It will be quite a test for the NBA’s best and most rejuvenated defense.
But for the next five days, the Celtics are going to enjoy a little rest and relaxation before continuing the final push towards the ultimate prize: a 17th NBA Championship.