Doc Rivers continues to punch all the right buttons to get the the most out of his team, and tonight in Charlotte was no different. Rivers managed this game perfectly, keeping Paul Pierce on the floor and getting out of his way, and The Truth responded in a big way – 36 points and 10 rebounds in 38 minutes of action, as the Celtics won back-to-back games against teams that they should beat – the Wizards and the Bobcats. Kevin Garnett was solid with 24 points, but logged only 4 boards. Brandon Bass went for 15-and-5, and Rondo dished out a game-high 13 assists. Oh, and Avery Bradley played well – not as big as a night before, at least statistically, but this was more than about pouring in a ton of points. Bradley did his part and that’s all that matters.
And then there’s the bench – it produced only 9 points, 8 boards, 2 assists, 2 blocks and two steals, but it was more effective than the boxscore might indicate. And all of the credit should go to Rivers, who is the perfect combination of X’s and O’s and good, old-fashioned gut feel. Rivers just knows how to get the most out of whatever team he has at his disposal.
We’ll just have to wait and see if it’s enough to catch Philadelphia in standings.