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Analysis of Celtics-Suns

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  December 31, 2009 01:01 AM

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PHOENIX -- The Celtics knew their chances of winning tonight's game against the Suns were slim because they were without Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. And that was very true. What we also learned is that the Celtics are currently lacking a third scorer who can carry the offense.

That's what they needed Wednesday night. Ray Allen tried but missed nine of his 13 shots. Rasheed Wallace missed all four of his 3-point attempts and take away Eddie House and the Celtics were 1-for-14 from behind the arc. They sorely needed someone off the bench to produce a big game and while House did, it was a little too late.

Now the Celtics return home losers of three straight games and hoping that injuries to Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are minor. Neither will play Saturday against Toronto, and that will be a tough game, the Raptors played well their last visit to TD Garden and at this point, no win is guaranteed for the Celtics.

Ray Allen -- A 1-for-5 night from the 3-point stripe and he really didn't make a big impact in his 35 minutes. The Celtics needed a 30-point night for Ray and he came through with 15. Not that he didn't try, but a lot of his shots are bouncing out right now.

Rasheed Wallace -- Just wasn't himself, going 3-for-11 from the field and finished with just six points in 31 minutes. Wallace is still good enough to score more than that when he plays that many minutes.

Kendrick Perkins -- Had his moments but still picked up another technical foul and missed four free throws. Needed to be better defensively against the combo of Amar'e Stoudemire and Channing Frye and he wasn't.

Tony Allen -- He missed some defensive assignments but still had 12 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Still needs to cut down on the turnovers but he will be a big help come April.

Rajon Rondo -- Wasn't completely healthy and it showed but still produced 13 points and eight assists in 32 minutes. He should be fine after some rest but the Celtics definitely suffer when he is not at his best.

Brian Scalabrine -- It may be time to consider other players for his role. Scalabrine was 0-for-3 from the field Wednesday and 3-for-22 this month, including 1-for-15 from the 3-point line. If Scalabrine isn't hitting his outside shot, he isn't effective.

Shelden Williams -- Scored 14 points with five rebounds in 19 minutes and it could have been better if he finished some more layups. Williams is an asset to this team.

Eddie House -- In the area where he drained many a shot at Arizona State, House tallied 19 points on 5-for-7 from the 3-point stripe and hopefully he has snapped his slump. But he needs more than zero assists in 22 minutes.

J.R. Giddens -- Four points and three rebounds in seven minutes. Coach Doc Rivers said he liked his effort and energy. Hopefully we will see more of him because the Celtics need another good defender.



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