Dec 31, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens gives the ball back to the referee during the third quarter against the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics Awards for 2013

Following today’s 92-91 loss against the Atlanta Hawks, the Boston Celtics have completed the 2013 portion of their season, which means

Dec 31, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) signals a three after hitting a three point basket against the Atlanta Hawks during the fourth quarter of Atlanta

it’s time to hand out some awards for what we’ve seen from the Celtics so far.

First up: the Off to a Flying Start Award.  The Boston Celtics have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they can come out hot and bury their opponents in an early deficit.  The Celts had a 15-point halftime lead against the Cavaliers.  A 16-point first quarter lead against the Wizards.  A 19-point first quarter lead against the Pistons.  I could go on, but all you need to know is that the Boston Celtics have led at the half in 7 out of their last 8 games.  That’s comforting . . .

. . . except the next award is what I call the Most Likely To Blow a Lead Award (or as staff writer Mark Puelo might call it, The Highly Allergic to Leads Award).  Uh-oh!  Yes, the Celtics have led at the half in 7 out of the last 8 games; however, they have lost 4 of those 7 games.  Boston coughs up more leads than my six 18 month year-old coughs up snot, which is to say, they cough up a lot of leads.   This is not a desirable trait to have if you are an NBA team that wants to win games.  Just sayin’.

Our next award is the Were They Abducted by Aliens? award.  No, the Celtics are not the biggest surprise in the NBA; I would argue that distinction goes to either the Portland Trail Blazers or the Phoenix Suns.  Still, there’s no one on planet Earth who thought this roster would be 13-18, 1.5 games out of first in the Atlantic, and in 8th place in the Eastern Conference at this point of the season.  These Celtics have surprised many by over-achieving a little bit, with Jordan Crawford being the perfect symbol of this team’s surprising 2013-2014 campaign so far.

The final award I would like to hand out as 2013 closes is the Give That Man a Cigar award.  Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics organization have found a coach that would make Red Auerbach  proud, and I firmly believe he will lead the Boston Celtics back to the NBA finals.  He has the Celtics committed to playing defense, and he has the players buying into what he is doing.  Now, if he could only help his team cure their allergic reactions to playing with a lead . . . .


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