Dec 28, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics shooting guard Jordan Crawford (27) guards Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Rich's Take: Three Stars of Yesterday's Celtics - Cavaliers Game

Well, Boston Celtics fans, it wasn’t pretty, but Boston won its 13th game of the season yesterday over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 103-

100.It took a last-minute Brandon Bass block to preserve the victory, after the Cavs had erased almost all of a 19-point deficit.  Even with that late-game collapse, there was still some note-worthy play on the part of the Celts, so let’s see who impressed me the most!

Third Star: Jordan Crawford

It was tough to leave Jeff Green off of the list today, because he dropped in as many points as Crawford (19) and also grabbed 8 boards.   Still, Green’s 19 came at the expense of a 5-12 shooting performance.  Crawford was efficient with his shooting 7-11, including 3-5 from downtown), plus he grabbed 5 boards and dished the rock 5 times.  Crawford continues to be an exciting player to watch, one who is literally redefining his career before our very eyes.

Second Star: Avery Bradley

As I wrote on Twitter during the game,

 

 Bradley was playing like a man possessed yesterday.  His 18 points were second-best on the team, and his 8 boards were tied for the team high.  Bradley also swiped the ball twice.  It’s great to have a one-man double-team like Bradley on D, but when he can also drop in nearly 20 points a game, he makes the Celtics truly formidable.

Dec 28, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics power forward Brandon Bass (30) controls the ball past Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson (13) during the second half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

First Star: Brandon Bass

Bass might have made this list simply because he nailed only the second three-pointer of his career in the third quarter, and his 15 points and 6 rebounds would have supported his cause.  However, I put him on top today because he saved Boston’s butt with his huge block against Dion Walters at the end of the game.  That play was the definition of clutch, so Bass shoots up the chart and snags my first star from yesterday’s victory!

Agree? Disagree?  Let me know, below or @theamazingMrS on Twtter!!!

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