We start the recap of last night with some words from the group Bon Jovi. “ It’s all the same, only the names have changed. Everyday it seems we’re wasting away.” That seems to sum up last night at the ACC fairly well. Andrea Bargnani is a name we do know and he would in fact make his return to the line-up coming off the bench. He would be greeted with what at best could be called a mixed reaction with lots of boos and cheers mixed when his name was announced.
If anyone is surprised by that reaction they really shouldn’t be. Bargnani prior to his injury in Portland would have almost certainly heard these jeers if not for his injury in a game against the Nets upon returning from a 5 game losing Western Conference road swing.
While Bargnani was booed, cheers of “Let’s go Rudy” would ring out in a strong third quarter for the Raptors. They would have a lead of 10 heading into the final quarter against Boston still holding down that final spot in the East.
As it has happened so many times before the Celtics would come out and erase the Raptors advantage fairly quickly. Not lost in all the hoopla with the return of Bargnani was the fact Alan Anderson was struggling in this one. In fact Anderson has really not looked the same since that overtime loss to the Heat. He played while Terrence Ross who may or may not be allowed to dunk did not that much. Same said for Jonas Valanciunas as Aaron Gray continues to log minutes.
In the end the Celtics matched the 30 points they scored in the second quarter in the fourth and out scored the Raptors 30-16 to close the show and win the game 99-95.
Rudy Gay continues to produce points but on this night was much more of a volume shooter going 8-24 with 25 points and 12 rebounds. As for the returning Andrea Bargnani it was not a terrible night for him as he had 13 points go with a massive 3 rebound total. I refer you back to the Bon Jovi line at the start in terms of Andrea Bargnani’s rebounding performance.
Amir Johnson continues to impress win or lose with 16 points and 12 rebounds on this night. Nice night for Kyle Lowry as well with 17 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds along with 4 steals and 4 turnovers.
At the end of the day we can talk about a lot of different things but what needs to be clear now once and for all is this team is not getting to the post season this year. If we all accept that than the time has come to LET ROSS PLAY and Jonas too as that is far more important than if Terrence gets to be in the NBA Dunk Contest.