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In Ray Allen’s defense, it’s only fair to point that he was hardly the lone starter that struggled. Despite chipping in with nine rebounds and five blocked shots, Kevin Garnett was not close to his usual standout self on the offensive end, managing just 6 points on 1-for-6 shooting in 29 minutes. And Rajon Rondo, a major catalyst for the C’s success this season, also had a brutal night against the Knicks, scoring just three points on 1-for-7 from the field. With Paul Pierce (31 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 10-for-17 shooting, 4-for-6 on 3-pointers) the only Celtic that was on his game on Sunday,
Ah, the Celtics’ bench…
On a night when the starters were in need of offensive support, much like in their three West Coast losses, the Celtics’ bench failed to deliver.
When the Boston Celtics are firing on all cylinders, they are nearly impossible to beat. However, this team seems to be relying on fewer cylinders to carry an increasing load. It’s true that this is a team of champions with character and solid veteran leadership, but after losing just twice in their twenty-nine games, they’ve lost four of six games in eerily similar fashion. No injuries, and just one back-to-back. These trends have emerged and are picking up steam- the Celtics desperately need to add some firepower to their bench, particularly in the backcourt. With each passing loss, the talk of acquiring a certain banished, malignant point guard from the Knicks becomes less crazy. Is Stephon Marbury a good fit in the Celtics’ unselfish and harmonious locker room? Absolutely not, but unless this team makes a drastic move to shore up its depth on offense, the Celtics will not survive the Eastern Conference playoffs.