Celtics Hold On For First Win of Season

Outside of the first 10 minutes of the game, there wasn’t much to be confident about with Boston Celtics.  The Celtics raced out to a 26-12 first quarter lead against the hapless Washington Wizards.  The Wizards, who were without John Wall and Nene, looked as good as what myself and the other 4 people who read this blog would look like in the NBA.  The 12 points given up in the first quarter for the Celtics probably looks good as a stat for their defense.  The reality is Washington missed several wide open shots.

Paul Pierce drilled a deep three late in the fourth that proved to be the dagger.  The fact that any one shot is considered a dagger from last night’s game is laughable.  Pierce did throw up 27 points on 10-22 shooting to go along with 7 rebounds.  Kevin Garnett showed he can still play lock down defense.  He forced Kevin Seraphin (who lit him up all night) to turnover the ball with 11 seconds left that pretty much sealed the Boston W.

With Ray Allen gone, there is zero doubt who will have the ball in late game situations.  I have said this before and I will say it again.  Pierce is a top 5 player in the NBA when the game is on the line.

In the off-season Jason Terry said the Boston bench would never get outscored.  Through 3 games they are yet to outscore their opposition.  In the Washington game, not one guy had a plus in the plus/minus rating.  Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox were -5, Brandon Bass was a -8, and Leandro Barbosa and Jason Terry were both -12.  Thank every higher religious power that Darko’s ass stayed glued to that bench.

Look, in these three posts, the tone of the articles may be that I am really down on the Celtics through three games.  That is not the case.  There is so much talent on this team from 1-12.  They have 79 more games to figure out how to make all that individual talent work as one.  Doc is still trying to figure how to rotate guys in and out, trying to figure out who plays well with who, all while trying to create a rhythm and chemistry on his squad.  This is evidenced by Doc deciding to mix it up already by moving Jared Sullinger into the starting 5 and Brandon Bass to the bench.

For what it is worth, I could care less who starts a game.  I care more about who is on the floor at the end of the game.  That being said, the lineup I like most is Rondo, Pierce, Green, Bass, and Garnett.  I am admittedly enamored with Jeff Green.  I think he has such a smooth game. I think Doc needs to find more minutes for him so he can find his niche with this team.  I really want to see him run with Rondo.

Speaking of Rondo, the shot he hit to beat the shot clock after being blocked was one of the luckiest yet most unreal shot I think I have ever seen in all my years of watching basketball.  Rondo has turned a double double into an average night.  The argument will go on until we are all blue in the face but Rajon Rondo is a top 3 point guard in the league.  I only put Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose ahead of him.  Yes, I think he is better than Deron Williams.

The Celtics’ game is Wednesday, November 7 when the Wizards travel up to Boston.  I expect the Celtics to win this one by at least 15.

 

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