Stephon Marbury’s first game as a Boston Celtic served as very successful, scoring eight points with two assists in Boston’s win over the Indiana Pacers. Most of his numbers came early in the fourth quarter as he was able to lead the C’s in a 12-4 run. In his time in the fourth he was able to knock down a jumper, find Ray Allen for a 3, and score a layup through traffic.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers was surprised how easy it was for Marbury to fit in right away with the rest of the team. He was also impressed by his timing despite sitting out all year with the New York Knicks. “You could just see his basketball IQ,” Rivers added. “The one thing our bigs were laughing at, they’ve got to get their hands ready on pick and rolls. I mean, he handcuffed them three or four times. They just weren’t expecting the ball. But what I was impressed with was where he found Ray.”
Marbury’s role will consist of leading the second string with Eddie House and matching up against the other team?s best shooting guards. He has already naturally molded into the Celtics offense and will serve as another scoring threat in the Boston line up.
In his first game at the TD Banknorth Garden Marbury was unsure how the Boston crowd would respond. He entered the court to nothing short of a standing ovation as he bounced up and down feeling the energy. “I was so happy, I didn’t know how they were going to respond,” said Marbury. They really showed me a lot of love. I felt that. I felt wanted.” Expect Marbury to be a key contributor in the upcoming stretch of regular season games before the playoffs.
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