Recap: Goddammit… I really like this team

olynyk dunk vs orlando

I’m mad at these guys.

No really, I’m pissed off.

This was supposed to be a shitty season (and it still might be), but goddammit, this team has already won me over.

Tonight, everyone that played made some kind of impact on this team.  Literally.  There isn’t a player who touched the floor for Boston who didn’t do good things to help the Celtics to their fourth win in a row.  This is now a .500 team that has moved into a first place tie atop the Atlantic Division.

Raise your hand if anyone had that happening at all this season.

Anyone?
Anyone?
Bueller?

Me neither.

The Green

Where do I start?  How about with Jordan Crawford, who shot 7 of 12 from the floor for 16 points while dishing 10 assists.  That was a patently UN-Crawford like game.  But like we said in the Dump, it allows Avery Bradley to get comfortable.  I wonder how that panned out tonight?

Avery Bradley:  Team high 24 points (10-15 fg), 3 steals.  I’d say it worked out well.

I actually think Jared Sullinger was the key guy in all of this tonight.  The Celtics weren’t exactly playing great early in the first quarter, but then Sully and Gerald Wallace checked in and it was a totally different game from there.  Sullinger had 14 points on 7-9 fg. to go along with 5 rebounds and 3 dimes.  Every time he was out there, positive things happened.  Probably why he was a +17.

Wallace, meanwhile, was a +20 while only scoring 1 point.  He had 5 assists, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, and 174 awesome hustle plays (give or take a couple).

Kelly Olynyk finally started hitting shots, and he turned in a 16 point, 7 rebound, 5 assist game.  I can’t believe how many really good performances the C’s got.  On any other night, we’d be gushing about this game from Olynyk.  Tonight, it’s more like “oh yeah.. and Kelly was great too!”  Seven different C’s scored in double figures.  Wow.

The Gross

Nothing. Screw this section tonight.

The Greenlights

Jameer Nelson thinks Freddy Krueger plays for the Celtics, because Avery Bradley haunts his fucking dreams

Steez spins and finds Bass in his sweet spot

Steez find AB back door

Our halftime highlight:  AB/Steez/Green combine for a great end-to-end play

The Grid

  • The Celtics now have seven 30-point quarters in eight games this season.  It took them 13 games to do it last year.  
  • The Celtics shot 60%.
  • The last time the Celtics scored 120 points?  This past April…. against the Orlando Magic
  • Points in the paint:  Celtics 50 – Magic 38.
  • Fast Break points:  Celtics 20 – Magic 4 
  • Courtney Lee:  12 pts (5-8 fg)
  • Phil Pressey: 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, in 15:07

I don’t know how long this will last, but I’m enjoying every minute of this.  This was a very solid team win.  Lots to be happy about here.