Once again the Celtics barely got by Washington. This time it took overtime to overcome the feisty John Wall-less Wizards team. You can take some positives from this game, like Boston’s better defense on the pick and roll, but when Kevin Garnett is on the bench, the Celtics have difficulty both on the offensive and defensive ends. However, late in the game Boston’s defense was strong, forcing the Wizards to turn the ball over. It may not have been pretty, but the Celtics are now on a two game winning streak and head into Friday’s game versus the 76ers 2-2.
One of the pleasant surprises was Chris Wilcox who came in with six quick points late in the third quarter, and in that short period of time Boston extended their lead. Throughout the first three games when KG left the game, Boston’s defense wasn’t as good and gave up a lot of easy points. But the Celtics defense held when Wilcox was playing center. Hopefully Doc Rivers can work him into the rotation because it seems like when he’s on the floor with Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Jason Terry, and Rajon Rondo, Boston’s defense and offense benefit.
Jason Terry had his first breakout game of the season as his 16 points helped lift the Celtics to the victory. He may not have been hot from the three point line (2-5), but his midrange game was on target. With our bench not giving as much production as we expected from them at this stage in the season, Terry has to be the sixth man who can supply 15-20 points a game. Until the rest of the bench can produce and contribute to their capabilities, we’re going to need someone like Terry who can carry the load, which he did.
The Celtics are slowly but surely going in the right direction. While they didn’t play great the entire game, there were small spurts of great defense and offense. Early on in the game Boston had energy, but couldn’t maintain it after KG went to the bench. Once the bench can carry the momentum that the starters begin the game with, Boston will start winning games in better fashion. For the time being, there is going to be a lot of growing pains. But if this continues as we head into late December and early January, there will be a cause for concern. Even though the team may not be playing that great, Celtics fans can take solace in the fact that they currently have a better record than the Lakers who are 1-4.