ESPN's NBA Insider Chris Sheridan provides analysis following the Celtics' drubbing of the Nets Wednesday night, focusing on an enjoyable return to New Jersey for Brian Scalabrine:
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Once upon a time, Brian Scalabrine was the goofy guy at the end of the bench waving a towel, the original human victory cigar, the guy everybody loved because he didn't really take it personally when everyone made fun of him.
When Jason Kidd's son, T.J., was 4 years old and had a locker of his own right next to his dad's, he dressed up as Scalabrine for Halloween. True story.
"I still have a picture of that, red wig and everything. Those were good times around here," Scalabrine reminisced Wednesday night before the Celtics -- with that big, goofy redhead starting for Boston at power forward -- laid a drubbing on the 3-35 New Jersey Nets with a 111-87 victory.
If this indeed was Scalabrine's last game at the place they call The Swamp, he had the last laugh.
It was Scalabrine who set the tone from the start, assisting on Paul Pierce's game-opening 3-pointer, converting a layup, then assisting on a dunk by Pierce. Scalabrine knocked down his second 3-pointer of the evening with 5:52 left in the opening quarter, putting Boston up by 12, and the lead was all the way up to 21 by the time Shelden Williams subbed in for him with 1:52 left in the first quarter.
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