Last night’s game in Charlotte was anything but pretty, like most Celtics games this year, but in the end they won which at this point is kind of the only thing that matters. A win means that somebody had to play well and here are your three stars for last night
#1 Jordan Crawford: This season has been a revelation for Crawford. Moving to the point guard has given him the metaphorical reins to the offense and he’s flourished in it. Last night was no different. He finished 5-11 from the field while scoring 21 points, he dished out a few assists and his defense wasn’t too bad. Crawford has been excellent this season — well at least relative to most of his career. Going forward it’s interesting to see how his role will change once Rondo comes back and starts playing 35-38 minutes at point, which probably won’t happen right away but once he eases back into basketball shape.
#2 Gerald Wallace: I’ve bagged on Wallace quite a bit this season. Whether or not he deserved it is up for debate but his performance had surely been lacking. My biggest gripe with him — other than his contract — is his general indifference to shooting the ball. Coming into the game he was just averaging a little over 3 shots a game. Last night, however, he more than tripled his shot total against his former team and was able to put up his best game of the season. If we can get more of that Gerald Wallace consistently then maybe his deal will get a little more sweeter to other teams — ah, who am I kidding? No team in their right mind will take that deal without a pick coming back.
#3 Phil Pressey: Pressey’s playing time this season has come sparingly averaging just about 13 minutes a game and we really haven;t seen what he’s capable. Last night we got a glimpse of some of the talent that this kid has. In about 20 minutes this kid dialed up 8 dimes with 0 turnovers. That kind of ratio is just what this team could use in a back up point guard somewhere down the line.
It wasn’t the greatest basketball ever played but the game did have its moments, especially in the 2nd half. The Celtics were able to put the disappointing 6 game stretch of losses behind them in ATL and followed up with an impressive showing against an “improving” Charlotte team that came into the match-up 5th in the league in defensive rating.
The Celtics return home on Wednesday to take on Memphis at 7:30