Brandon Jennings scored 21 points and dished out 13 assists to lead the Bucks to a stunning 99-88 win over the Celtics Friday night at TD Garden. With David Ortiz sitting courtside after agreeing to a two-year, $26 million contract extension with the Red Sox, the Celtics came out flat in their home opener.
The 0-2 Celtics, who were booed loudly and often all night, were led by 15 points from Kevin Garnett while Rajon Rondo added 14 points and 11 assists. Paul Pierce missed his first six shots and finished 3-for-11 from the field with 11 points.
The Celtics never found their rhythm in the first half, getting outscored 25-18 in the first quarter and 21-12 in the second. The Celtics made just 12 of 40 field goal attempts in the first half, including missing all six from long range. Pierce picked up three fouls in just under 10 minutes of action and took a seat while Rondo was held to just four points and three assists.
The Garden crowd was so stunned by the miserable first half that they began raining boos down on the team in the second quarter, reaching a peak as Brandon Jennings connected on a teardrop baseline runner just before the halftime buzzer. The bucket put the Bucks up, 46-30, the biggest lead of the first half.
The Bucks pushed the lead to 20 before the Celtics made a run to cut it to 14. The spurt featured a Garnett drive to the basket for a field goal after starting the game 2-for-7. Then moments later, Rondo went to the floor scrambling for a loose ball and drew a foul on Jennings. But with the crowd getting back into it, the Celtics fell apart again, as the Bucks increased the lead to 22, 70-48, with just over three minutes left in the third.
The boos were loud again as the Celtics finished the third quarter down 18, 76-58. The Celtics got as close as 11 points in garbage time in the fourth quarter but could never get the game into single digits and Doc Rivers emptied his bench with three minutes left in the game. The Bucks outscored the Celtics 52-36 in the paint in winning their regular season opener.
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Greg Dickerson and John Tomase discuss the amazing season for the Celts and if they have any chance against Lebron and the Cleveland Cavs in a seven game series. If they do, HOW ... how do they get it done?
Brian "White Mamba" Scalabrine joins the guys to talk about the Celtics playoff push, the development of Marcus Smart and James Young, and the prospect of Brad Stevens leaving the Celtics for a college job.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
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Joe and Dave talk with Hanley Ramirez about the Red Sox beating the Blue Jays tonight behind another home run from him. They talk about how good he's been hitting breaking pitches and the way the team bounced back after the loss yesterday.
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The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
DJ, Naoko and Pete get into the huge week for the Bruins that saw the franchise move on from GM Peter Chiarelli. They discuss why that was done and if they agree. What does this mean for Claude? They talk about Claude and if he can exist here. If not, who would work in Boston? They also get into the NHL Draft Lottery last night and talk to ESPN Boston's Joey "National" McDonald live from Tampa, Florida.
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The guys discussed the Pats first round pick.
Todd McShay on the NFL draft.
The guys discuss how Roger Goodell messed up Marcus Mariota's name and Suzy Kolber asking corny questions to the players drafted.
Lou, Christian and Tim laugh about Callahan not knowing how to pronounce music producer "Suge Knight's" name, Hooters vs Buffalo Wild Wings, and a protester who won't stop swearing live on CNN.
The guys weigh in on whether or not the Red Sox should acknowledge Alex Rodriguez if he hits home run number 660, at Fenway Park this weekend.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the supposed moral implications of watching or supporting this fight that includes noted woman beater Floyd Mayweather.
Mikey, Lenny, and Erin talk about the Sox 7-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Patriots Day and the Sox hold on first place in the AL East. Also, the Celtics trail the Cavs 1 Game to 0 in their 1st Round series and the 2015 Boston Marathon is in the books.
Mikey Adams, joined by Lenny Megliola and Chris Villani, talks about the Red Sox home opening win at Fenway and the Bruins fallout after missing the playoffs including the future of Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
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