Fans of the Boston Celtics who showed up to the TD Garden last night for Boston’s final preseason game were treated to a rare sight: a
victory, just the second for the Cs during an offseason in which they struggled to establish any sort of rhythm and consistency on offense.
Five Celtics players scored in double figures last night, with Boston being led by Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass, who each netted 16. Boston wound up shooting 45.3% from the field, which was exactly what I wanted to see from this team when I sat down and wrote my pregame yesterday, and the fact that so many players were involved pleased head coach Brad Stevens:
I think that’s who we are. I think that’s who we have to be.
What I didn’t even know I wanted to see from the Celtics last night was the play of Vitor Faverani. In his first NBA career star, Faverani scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. More importantly, he was a defensive force all over the hardwood, blocking 6 shots, much to the delight of the TD Garden crowd. Since the 6’11” Brazilian is the only true center that Boston currently has on its roster, coach Stevens and company had to be excited to see Faverani impact the game on both ends of the court.
The Celtics are still a huge work in progress, but there’s a lot to be excited about as we approach the start of the regular season, especially if Rajon Rondo is able to join the team in time for (or very soon after) opening night.
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