Tonight, it wasn't the Celtics 3 stars who got the credit for the Celtics' win over the Bobcats. It was Perk and Rondo, both of whom had career best games. Perk finished with 19 points on 8-10 shooting to go with 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 blocks. Rondo had 9 points, 6 rebounds and a career high 16 assists. On one play, Rondo got the steal and got to the hoop with no one around. He stopped and waited for Perk to catch up and tossed him the ball for a dunk. He could have finished himself, but he rewarded the big man for running the floor. Doc pulled Perk out in the 4th quarter as he always does and when Perk went out, the Celtics were up 13. When Doc brought Perk in for the final 2 minutes, the Celtics were up only 5. With Perk back in the lineup, the Celtics built the final lead back to 8.
Another player who stole the spotlight was Leon Powe. He is so tough on the boards and can finish very nicely at the basket. He finished with 9 points and 4 rebounds in just 11 minutes of play. Big Baby and Powe once again combined for some good play when Doc put them in together. Big Baby has 7 points and 4 rebounds in 14 minutes.
Ray Allen's hot shooting continues as he finished with 23 points (7-14), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. Paul Pierce scored only 13 points but put out a lot of effort guarding Jason Richardson. Richardson got 30 points but he was only 10-26 to get those points.
The Celtics shot 48% from the field while holding the Bobcats to 40% shooting. Rebounds were even at 44 each. The Celtics did better on their free throws, missing only 4 as they shot 17-21. It was a good game in spite of the comeback staged by the Bobcats at the end to cut a 15 point lead to 5.
On the pregame show, they played a phone conversation with Sam Cassell who said he is planning on joining the Celtics as soon as he clears waivers. He also said he hoped no other team would claim him off waivers. I am sure Celtics Nation joins him in that hope. If all goes well, he should be available for Wednesday's game with the Pistons.