And yet here we are this morning reading about Boston's 80-77 win over the Spurs. And while KG had a major impact during his minutes (10 points and four rebounds), the big shot came from Big Baby. Davis' jumper with just over five seconds left secured the win for Boston.
It didn't hurt that San Antonio went cold at the line late (to the tune of missing six straight free throws), but Boston showed lot of grit and never quit. Down seven as the third quarter began thanks to two Tim Duncan free throws, the Celtics went on a 16-6 run that was capped by a Ray Allen trey to take a 53-50 lead with about 6.5 minutes left to play. They kept it close the rest of the way and were able to pull away for the win.
More impressively, they did it with a short bench. Walker suited up but didn't play, and KG had his limited minutes. So the Celtics were essentially playing with an eight-man team.
They are 51-17 now with the Atlantic Division in their pocket. I'd like to see them shoot for 60+ wins again this year. But really, at this point, isn't their health more important? As long as they don't pull a Bruins and spiral into disaster, I wouldn't mind seeing Baby, Powe, House and Starbury getting more minutes. Keeping the Big 3 fresh (and healthy) for the post-season should be the main concern right now.