There were far more fireworks in the Presidential Debate than there were in the Celtics’ latest preseason tune-up, this a 97-96 loss to the Brooklyn Nets at home. Forget about it. There’s no reason to fret, as neither team was really concerned with showing the whole enchilada. The Nets kept most of their core nucleus under wraps, and our Celtics were simply concerned with getting through this game and closer to the games that count.
Credit Paul Pierce for showing up to play. He looked fresh, eager, and ready to rumble against the Miami Heat on October 30. Mr. Heart and Soul, Kevin Garnett, logged meager minutes as expected. Jeff Green, taking a page out of President Obama’s playbook, came out aggressively and made a concerted effort to get to the rack.
Other than that, business as usual. Now Doc Rivers and the Celtics figure to turn things up a notch going forward. Rivers will want the Celtics sharp for Game 1, Celtics-Heat, and you can expect a more focused effort on his part to nail down the team’s rotation.
As for me, I don’t know if it’s wrong at this point to start wishing for an Avery Bradley return, but there’s something about Courtney Lee that just hasn’t given me the sense of security that I thought it would. I hope Danny Ainge didn’t slip up on this one. I’m sure Lee is going to get better and become more effective as the weeks and months start to whiz by, but right now I’m not feeling the love with this guy. I want to see him knocking down shots on one end, and contesting shots on the other. There have been flashes, but tonight Lee was 1-4 from beyond the arc.
Darko sat out with the wrist issue, and it’s hard to tell when we’ll see him back on the court. For me, I’ll start to feel better when I see Chris Wilcox back in action and playing at 100%. He clearly brings an athletic dimension to the center position that neither Darko nor Jason Collins can approach.