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January 6th, 2009: @ Charlotte Bobcats

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Boston has gotten themselves into a bit of a rut as of late. After starting the season 27-2, and going on an incredible 19-game winning streak, the Celtics have come back down to Earth and hit the ground....hard. The Celtics have lost 5 of their last 7 games, losing last night to the Charlotte Bobcats, in overtime, by a final score of 114-106.

The Bobcats started the game off strong, taking a 7-point lead by the end of the first quarter. Gerald Wallace scored 12 points in the quarter, as the Bobcats jumped out to a 28-21 lead. Boston started the second quarter strong, tying the game within minutes, but ultimately trailed the Bobcats by 6 at halftime, 53-47.

The third quarter was a bit of a turning point for the Celtics, as they outscored Charlotte by 6 to tie the game at 72 heading into the crucial fourth quarter. In the fourth, Boston took a commanding 6 point lead with only minutes to play, but was unable to hold the lead, as Charlotte tied the game at 97, and that is where regulation ended.

In overtime, both teams traded the first few baskets before Charlotte went up by 5 with about 1 minute to play. The Celtics were still well within being able to win this game. Unfortunately, on the very next possesion, Celtics star Paul Pierce turned the ball over by going out of bounds, and Charlotte took advantage, by scoring another basket to take a commanding 7 point lead with under 45 seconds to play. Paul Pierce hit a 3 point shot with under 30 seconds to play, and Boston trailed by only 4 points, but it was too little, too late. Boston fouled, and Charlotte went to the line to seal the game. Charlotte won by a final score of 114-106.

Boston's big 4 didn't disappoint, scoring 78 of Boston's 106, but couldn't close out the Bobcats when it mattered most. Paul Pierce led the way with 28 points, and Ray Allen scored 20. Rajon Rondo scored 16, but turned the ball over 9 times, and Kevin Garnett had the only double-double for the Celtics with 14 points and a team high 13 rebounds. With as good as Boston's starters are, the bench could really use an upgrade, as they only scored 19 points in last nights game.

For Charlotte, 3 players scored at least 20 points, led by Raymond Felton with 25. Gerald Wallace scored 23, and rookie DJ Augustin came off the bench to score 20. Boris Diaw, who came to the Bobcats in an earlier trade with the Phoenix Suns, scored 15 points, while Adam Morrison came off the bench with 13 points on 6/9 shooting. Emeka Okafor had the only double-double for the Bobcats with 13 points and a game high 17 rebounds.

The Celtics need to seriously think about adding a decent veteran to come off the bench and be able to produce big minutes and the scoring that is desperately needed right now. I was originally opposed to the idea of Stephon Marbury being signed, but something needs to be done, as losing 5 of 7 is not the way for a defending champion to play. If Marbury is the best option, then get him to a minimum contract and see what he can do.

Boston's next game comes on January 7th, at home against the Houston Rockets.
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