I’m very confused right now, I have no idea whether to rip into the Celtics for playing some of their sloppiest ball of the season or to praise them for clawing their way back into the game. For most of the game they looked like a clueless lottery team, turning the ball over with almost no discretion and were playing to the level of a team who had only won 22 games until Jeff Green won it at the buzzer. It was frustrating basketball to say the least.
A win is a win but this game just feels like the Celtics deserved to lose. This should have been a game they took care of easily but like most other games the Celtics decided to make you every single second of bad basketball. A lottery team missing their starting backcourt should be an easy win but I guess it’s been awhile since I’ve really expected the Celtics to take care of business when they should. I love this team but they infuriate me with every single Brandon Bass missed long 2, every Missed Jason Terry defensive rotation or PUJIT 3 (Pull up jumper in transition) or Pierce turnover.
I should give this team some leeway since technically we are missing 4 of our best 5-7 players but this has been occurring all season long and is nothing new for this team. I am however thrilled with the performance Jeff Green displayed. Every game it seems like he gaining confidence by the minute which was especially evident in the opening minutes when made two LEFTY layups(for those who don’t watch a lot Jeff rarely if ever goes to his left).
In the grand scheme of things this win could mean a lot for the playoff picture even though their 5 game losing really damaged their chances to move up in the standings they remain 2 games behind the Bulls for the 6th seed(As I write this the Bulls are beating the Heat so that number could be subject to change). Whether they get better playoff position it remains to be seen whether this team could do any damage in the playoffs even with a healthy KG but that’s a question for another time. For now let us revel in the Celtics beating the Cavaliers sans Kyrie and Waiters by 1 point.