Saturday , Oct , 06 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Observing Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, & Paul Pierce As Boston Celtics Play Toronto Raptors in Italian Exhibition Opener

It has been a long wait. Sixty-seven days to exact. On July 31st, the Boston Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett and instantly became the talk of the NBA. Ever since that summer day, fans have waited for Ray Allen, Garnett, and Paul Pierce to play together …

It has been a long wait. Sixty-seven days to exact. On July 31st, acquired Kevin Garnett and instantly became the talk of the NBA. Ever since that summer day, fans have waited for Ray Allen, Garnett, and to play together.

Today, the much talked about Big Three took to the court in an exhibition game on foreign soil. The Celtics and squared-off in Rome as part of the NBA’s exhibition series in Europe. Here are my quick observations:

The Celtics:

  • The Big Three looked good-real good. Forget that nonsense about Allen, Garnett, and Pierce struggling to mesh. They are already clicking. On the opening tip, Garnett tapped the ball to Pierce, who drove the lane and got a foul call. Good players, provided they are unselfish, can always play together. And this is a perfect description of the Celts trio.
  • I think Boston has more around their stars then people think. Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins are competent starters at point guard and center. Eddie House and James Posey will provide a spark off the bench. And I’m intrigued by rookie Gabe Pruitt. Keep in mind all these players will get open looks because of the big three, too.
  • The Celtics could still use another bench piece. Allen, Garnett, and Pierce may have to personally recruit outside talent. Anyone got Allan Houston’s digits? How about hitting P.J. Brown with a text?

The Raptors:

  • The game was in Rome, so Toronto started Italian Andrea Bargnani at power forward. Fair enough. However, I appreciate Jorge Garbajosa’s blue-collar game. I’m not sure if the Raptors are better with Bargnani or Garbajosa at the four-spot.
  • Jason Kapono, Toronto‘s big free agent signing, started at small-forward. His range will spread the floor and keep defenses from doubling in the post.
  • or Jose Calderon? This question comes up each time I watch the Raptors. And I debated it again this afternoon. I like Ford’s pace. But I really like Calderon’s feel for the game. Eventually, the club will have to make a decision on who starts long-term at the one-spot.

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