What a game!
If you are a fan of the Boston Celtics – and why wouldn’t you be? You’re here, aren’t you? – you had to enjoy Boston’s dismantling of the Orlando Magic last night. From start to finish, this was an impressive showing by head coach Brad Stevens’ bunch . . . and now I’m left, attempting to single out three players who stood out to me the most. Not an easy task, considering seven players managed to score in double digits, but I’m foolish enough to give it a shot, so let’s do this.
Third Star: Kelly Olynyk
Olynyk scored 16 points on a super-efficient 7-for-9 shooting performance. He also led all Celtics in rebounds (7) and had the second-most assists on the team last night (5). His hustle is going to make him a huge fan favorite, his ability to shoot the three is going to drive opposing big men crazy, and his ability to find open teammates is just delicious. Last night was Olynyk’s best game so far, and I expect to see many more games like this as the season progresses.
Second Star: Jordan Crawford
What can I say about Crawford? Other than, “I’m sorry,” because you can make a legitimate argument that he was the number one player for the Cs last night. I’ll be writing a little bit more about Brad Stevens’ decision to make Crawford, not Bradley, the primary ball handler for Boston, but suffice it to say, Crawford is Boston’s best point guard right now. He was distributing the rock beautifully last night (10 dimes), and he wasn’t afraid to score when he had to, either. Hard to believe he wasn’t wanted in Washington, although that was a different set of circumstances. Like Tommy Heinsohn said last night, “We love him!”
First Star: Avery Bradley
Yes, Bradley led all scorers last night with 24 points – but that’s only half of the picture. The other half looks something like this:
Bradley terrorized Jameer Nelson there, and was such a pain in he Magic’s hind-ends all night long, that I had to give him the nod today. Yes, the Celtics are going to have to score to win games, but their defense is what is going to define them this year, and if Bradley keeps playing like he’s is going to be giving every point guard in the NBA nightmares this season.
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