Blakely: Lack of free throws hurts Celtics


Blakely: Lack of free throws hurts Celtics

SAN ANTONIO Throughout most of Saturday's loss, Doc Rivers made a point to the officials about the free throw discrepancy that just continued to grow as the game progressed.

In the end, San Antonio took 20 free throws (with 15 makes) compared to Boston which took eight free throws (with six makes).

"They went into the fourth quarter with (seven) fouls, total," said Rivers whose team had been whistled for 17 personal fouls going into the fourth.

Rivers added, "what can you do? It is what it is. It's hard to win games on the road when a team goes to the line like that."

Boston's Kevin Garnett knew coming in that the C's would likely not get too many favorable whistles blown.

"San Antonio reminds me of the old Utah," said Garnett. "You know what you're getting when you come in here. These guys are a well-oiled machine. This place is one of the hardest places to play in. You're not going to get many calls in here to begin with. It's your team against whoever else is in here. You come here, it's a tough place to play. We didn't expect to get any calls. And then in return, they tend to give calls to the most aggressive team. At times they were driving the ball a little more than we were."

It's no secret that the Celtics are a jump-shooting team with no real inside presence other than Kevin Garnett.

Relying so much on the perimeter to score will at times render results like the ones we saw on Saturday.

And while the C's want to be an inside-out team, their roster is structured in such a way that they really don't have much of a choice but to lean more heavily on their perimeter shots falling than driving lay-ups and dunks.

"We got some open ones, didn't make 'em," said Terry who had 18 points off the bench - 17 coming in the first half. "Those are the kind of looks you want; wide open."

Rivers said the lack of free throws was also a contributing factor in making an already solid San Antonio defense, even better.

"The thing that free throws do," Rivers said. "Is they allow you to set your defense. And it allowed them to do it a lot tonight."

Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut


Wednesday, Oct. 26: Crosby scores in season debut

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading while having a deep thought while watching commercials: how lost in your own quirkiness do you have to be to name your kid Beowulf?

*The Predators had a nasty case of food poisoning hit their team, and Adam Vingan has all the gory details.

*A great chat with FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy and the legendary Russ Conway about the legendary Bobby Orr.

*Martin Biron says that Frederik Andersen looks like a much different player now with Toronto than he did with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

*An observation from a Tuesday with 1,000 decisions is that Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff has a really tough job.

*As mentioned above, Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen is having a tough time in his new locale, and there may be several reasons why.

*An early Christmas present for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop would be his two front teeth.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Sidney Crosby returning on Tuesday night, and immediately leading the Penguins in a balanced attack.  

*For something completely different: A. Sherrod Blakely has his Celtics preview, and says it’s a new year with tons of new expectations for the Men in Green.