Another game, another loss.
That, Boston Celtics fans, is the mantra of Boston’s season so far. In each and every game they have played so far, the Cs have failed to string together four consecutive quarters of solid basketball. There have been some really nice stretches of hoops put together, though, and last night was no different, as Boston pulled off a 13-0 run against a superior Detroit Pistons team and actually managed to take a lead in the fourth quarter. Despite falling apart down the stretch, I was pleased to see the amount of fight Boston players had in them, and present to you the three players who contributed the most to the near-upset.
Third Star: Avery Bradley
Bradley dropped in 13 points and actually tied two other Celtics for the team lead in rebounds at 8. He nailed a few important shots in the fourth to help the Celtics claim the lead, which redeemed his terrible shooting performance up until that point. (He still only shot 6-14 from the floor, and was 1-2 from behind the arc.) Fans would appreciate Bradley more if the Celtics would stop asking him to play the point late in close games, as his 6 turnovers didn’t help the Cs seal the deal.
Second Star: Kelly Olynyk
Last night’s match-up was easily the best game of Olynyk’s rookie career – gosh, that means a lot, with a whopping three games in the books, I know! Still, don’t think I am trivializing his effort – Olynyk’s 15 points were all the result of hustle and hard work. His big slam in the fourth quarter had me energized, hoping that the Cs would come back and steal the W:
Olynyk: go get it, young man!!!!
— Hardwood Houdini (@HoudiniCeltics) November 4, 2013
I hope Olynyk’s confidence blew up after this effort, because I want to see more of these types of games from this young man.
First Star: Jordan Crawford
Crawford was the only player on the Celtics to log considerable playing time and still put up a positive +/- (he played almost 22 minutes). His 13 points tied him with Bradley for the second-most on the team, and his solid play during the Celtics’ comeback contributed to coach Brad Stevens’ decision to leave Jeff Green on the bench. I see some fans on other sites are not very high on Crawford, but he was efficient on offense last night, so he has earned this star in my eyes.
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