Whether you like it or not, Boston finally got a win. This hasn’t been their only multiple game losing streak of the season but it’s felt like one of the longest. It seemed like they were about to collapse in the 4th, but they said “screw it” and just decided to win a basketball game. I know we’re all pushing for a good pick in the lottery, — believe me I’ve been a proponent of tanking since last summer — but I think we can take one measly little win. Having the 4th worst record in the league as opposed to having the 3rd is not much of a big deal except for the guaranteed ping-pong balls. Ultimately, it’s still a lottery and it’s still down to chance.
With that out of the way, let’s talk about the game.
It’s hard to describe how much I enjoy watching Al Jefferson play basketball. He used to be my second favorite player in his short stint in Boston, and his post game is just a joy to watch. I’m glad he still got a little love tonight while introduced. That being said, it really pissed me off how easy he dominated the Celtics’ bigs tonight. It’s a recurring theme this year with Boston getting hammered by talented centers. Jefferson was able to drop 32 points and grab 10 boards, continuing the trend.
Phil Pressey turned into a mini version of Rondo tonight, who was out with a shin injury. Pressey finished with 13 assists and only 4 turnovers. The Bobcats were also without Kemba Walker, but Pressey’s night is still imPressyive — yeah I know. I won’t ever make that pun again.
Avery Bradley was on fire tonight. He was on point from the 3pt line, which is a great sign that he’s trying to turn some of those unnecessary long twos at the top of the key into above-the-break threes. He finished with 22 points on 8-16 shooting and 4-6 from 3.
Both Bass and Jeff Green finished with 18 points. Bass went 7-12 from the field, while Jeff went 8-11. Also, has Bass ever finished a dunk with one hand? I’m starting to think he’s incapable of going up for a dunk without two hands on the ball.
Celtics fans may not be happy about the win, — I’m not jumping up and down, that’s for sure — but I think the team and the coaching staff really needed a win heading into the offseason.
Just three games left in the season. It’s been a long one.