After a wonderful Christmas game against the Brooklyn Nets, I felt that the Boston Celtics showed a great deal about themselves. Jared Sullinger showed up and played very well, finishing with 16 points and 7 rebounds. That was definitely better than his last outing against the Nets, because Sullinger never go into a groove and Doc Rivers ended up sitting him on the pine. Overall, I felt that the Celtics bench played some if its best ball of the season, with Jeff Green being aggressive and taking the ball into the paint. Jason Collins didn’t score much, but that’s not what he’s there to do. He contributed in ways that the average fan just can’t see. I’m hoping that our bench will continue to contribute and improve, which in turn will give our Celtics a chance to climb the standings and secure one of the top seeds.
Next up, the Boston Celtics continue the 4-game road trip with games against the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, and Sacramento Kings. I like the fact that the Celtics played so strong and together against the Nets, because they will need to do the same over these next three games if they’re going to start making a move. I feel like the Celtics will stay in their groove because we’re at the point in the season where the good teams start to kick it into gear.
On a side note, as I was watching ESPN Countdown yesterday I listened to Bill Simmons’ take on the Rajon Rondo situation. He feels that Rondo should be more of a scorer, and that he’s not taking enough shots. He also said that because of this, the Celtics are still relying heavily on Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. He also talked about Avery Bradley’s return, and how that should help put another shooter on the court while making our defense better at the same time. Anyone listen to Simmons and have any thoughts on what he was saying?