The San Antonio Spurs went into Boston looking to get a win against the best team in the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately for the Spurs, the Celtics had other plans.
With Rajon Rondo leading the way with a triple-double (12 points, 22 assists, 10 rebounds) and Ray Allen scoring 31 points off 13 for 16 shooting, the Celtics handed the Spurs their sixth loss of the season wo were without Kevin Garnett who was out of action due to a calf injury.
After the game, I caught up with Spurs’ forward Matt Bonner to discuss the loss to the Celtics.
Jeff: This was a great game but unfortunately the Spurs came out on the losing end. What happened in the final possession? Was it just poor execution or something the Celtics did defensively?
Matt: Was a little of both. It didn’t work out. They did a good job of recognizing what we were trying to do and taking it away.
Many felt this game tonight could be a sneak preview of the NBA Finals.
It would be awesome just to be in the Finals and if it’s against the Celtics for me personally it would be a bonus. But that’s a long ways away and a lot of hard work and luck in between.
Was there any hangover from the loss to the New York Knicks in tonight’s game against the Celtics?
I don’t think so. I know we got off to a little bit of a slow start but we picked it up and played hard and gave it our all. Ray Allen was on fire. We made Glen Davis make jump shots and he did. They beat us. They were the better team.
Crazy ending to this game. If I were to have told you before the game that Ray Allen would miss two free-throws when the game was on the line would you have believed me?
(laughs) Yeah that was crazy! Especially how well he shot all game.
Next for the Spurs will be a game against the Indiana Pacers. Your outlook heading into that matchup after two tough losses.
Back to the drawing board. It’s another game. Play hard and execute our game plan and try to get a win.