2086db961f650156a1560e1513d5d66c-getty-103883334eg009_phoenix_suns_mediumWell, I'm not surprised. It was the Celtics first home game off a road trip. They were excited to be back in Boston and to put on a good show for their fans. The Suns on the other hand look to be saving their energy for the Milwaukee game on Friday. They've played two straight overtime games coming into tonight. Expectations weren't high. The Celtics are no Denver Nuggets. We all know how good they are and what they can do. For them this was a, "taking care of business" type of game. Yea, I wished the score could have been closer and that the Suns could have shown more fight, but if they're going to get blown-out or take a game off to rest it might as well be against a team like the Celtics in a game they weren't suppose to win, but the Suns bench decided they weren't going to go down that easily! They came to play, to fight, to win! Unfortunately that didn't happen, but they came close.

Things started off pretty bland. Turnovers, no defense, effort... Starters just looked tired and their play resembled it. It also helped the Celtics build a 30-point lead, but something changed in the 4rth quarter. THE BENCH! They came out, played tight, lock-down D and cut the lead to 8 before running out of gas in the last minutes. Great Effort! Give it up for Aaron Brooks and the Bench, Suns fans!

The Bench!

Marcin Gortat- 13, 13 and 3 blocks. In other words, the usual.

Jared Dudley- 15, 5, 2 steals and his 5th Dunk of the season!

Mickael Pietrus- 11 points and superb defense.

Hakim Warrick- 7 points and 4 rebounds.

Aaron Brooks- 17 points, 7 assist and 2 steals. He made 6-7 shots including 2-3 from three. Lol, I love him already. It's only been 3 games for him and it's like he's been here all season. Not to mention, he's playing with confidence, aggression and control. It's amazing how one player can impact a team and Brooks has made quite an impression.

After thoughts

I'm impressed. I really didn't think I'd be saying that an hour ago. This team showed fight, specifically the bench. Suns were down 30 and the reserves came in and managed to cut that deficit to 8. I'd have to say it was one of our best come-backs of the season even though we didn't win. Had the starters played as half as good as their capable of the Suns just may have won this game. In fact, looking at these past two games I'm beginning to get the impression that the starters may be worn out from a long season of having to carry the team without a reliable bench. For guys like Steve Nash, Grant Hill and Vince Carter it isn't easy. They're old and this season a lone seems to have shown a lot of wear and tear on them. That has me worried, but the good thing is that the Brooks trade may have been just what the doctor ordered! Brooks is ready. He's got the experience and he's ready to help share the load with Nash and carry this team to the playoffs. I hope Coach Gentry has seen that tonight and as a future reference won't pull the subs when they're playing well.

This was a good game for at least the 4rth quarter..., but I'll take it. It was entertaining near the end. Suns always like to make it interesting and they've lived up to that reputation tonight. This was a good moral win and a confidence booster to our bench. I predict good things are going to happen from here on out.

Oh, the Celtics are still classes punks. Too much unnecessary, show-boating from them.

There will be Blood!

Frye bruised his eye and Carter cut his mouth on a collision with 17 minutes left in the game. Neither of them returned. We should have updates on the seriousness of their injuries in due time.

Glen Davis hurt his left knee on a dunk.

Comments of the Night

Celts fan behind me
"wow, vince carter looked like a corpse for a minute there." Should i have told him that that was actually a preexisting condition? -Bostonian Suns Fan

The Suns should sign me to a 10-day contract
And waive me the day after playing the Celtics. I would check into the game and beat the hell out of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. I don’t even care if I died. -Trevor Paxton

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Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) makes a move against the defense of Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash (13) and center Channing Frye, middle, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)



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Gyi0063243014_mediumI hate these guys. They're mean, green fighting machines and they're good, really good. They currently hold the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the 2nd best record overall at 43-15. Yet, the record that scares me the most is 25-5 at home. The lucky teams were the Lakers, Thunder, Mavericks, Hornets and Rockets. Their biggest defeats suffered at home were to the Rockets 108-102 and the Lakers 92-86. Yup, only 6 points. Dallas and the Thunder won by 5 while the Hornets won by 2. As for the Suns. They're 1-10 on the road when they score fewer than100 points. Knowing how the Celtics play defensively, this game is scary.

Get the picture? No? Well, I guess what I'm really trying to say is that a win tonight would be improbable, unlikely, just ain't gana happen. Especially, considering the beat-down these Suns gave them on their official and seasonal, "Turn-around" date, January 28th. 11-3 since then, by the way. I know the Celtics remember that night and I'm sure you also remember that night very well besides the fact that it's become a Phoenix Suns holiday(should be). In short, Suns whooped Celtics, Celtics cried, KG threw a tantrum and hit Channing Frye in his "no, no special place", Suns win 88-71. In fact, I've got the video right here. Just hit the jump.

 

Yea, they're punks. Well, at least KG. I hope this footage with the mention of Bruce Bowen and the awful commentary and opinions of Mark Jackson have got you pumped up for this game because we'll need all the energy we can get. Yes, we fans need energy too. It's not always easy rooting for a basketball team, especially one that wins a game by one fraction of a second after giving up a 7-point lead in the last minute of the 4rth quarter. It can be exhausting. I don't know about you, but most Suns games I watch give me a lot of rush and anxiety that usually result in crashes, heart-break and in some cases, hangovers and I don't even drink!

Lets talk a bit more about these Celtics. They're very good, they play great defense( which we already know). Perkins got traded, Troy Murphy got signed, Ray Allen can shoot, Rajon Rondo can't, they've won their last two games, and KG is a punk, but did you know that Rondo is averaging 12.1apg? WHOOPDY FREAKIN DOO!

Seriously though, the Celtics are a Championship team. We know what they've done, what they'll do and what they can and usually do do and you know what that is. It's going to take a very, very good night from the Suns and a bit of an off night for the Celtics if Phoenix is to win this game. If you don't remember how the Suns won their last game against these guys, just check out the box score link below(January 28th). For those rebels that don't want to click the link, Gortat played like a monster and the Celtics shot 34% from the field court.

Now, I know I've said a win is unlikely, which it is, but did you know that the Suns have won 3 straight vs the Celtics? Did you know that they and the Magic are the only teams to have a winning record against them since 2007? 4-3 in fact(for the Suns). I bet you didn't. See, there is hope. The Suns are also on a 4 game winning steak, so you got that whole momentum thing going on; hope it caries over. They also have Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Channing Frye and Jared Dudley. In other words, they're awesome and they'll fight to the bitter end, so enjoy the game guys!

Here's some interesting links that may interest you-

Makers of the Big Shot

January 28th

Murphy to Boston

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