The Boston Celtic’s have just come off perhaps arguably their two most character building wins of the season. The first being an absolute massacre of one of the best defensive teams in the Indiana Pacers, and the second being a true grit and balls comeback effort in which the C’s showcased complete opposite halves, and gained control of the second half with a remarkable 33-9 quarter, outscoring the 3rd seeded Hawkes by a whopping 24… Are the C’s in the clear?
Over the past three games the Celtic’s have been number 1 in overall defense. Yup… that’s right. Number 1. It’s obvious that the Return of Avery Bradley has provided a much needed lift in defensive confidence and a shot in the arm for the C’s overall fight in general. Bradley’s defensive swagger is contagious and the extra effort can be seen on the defensive end in the Celtic’s rotations. The defensive mentality is back and the formula for opposing teams to simply waltz their way into the paint has disappeared. It’s a small sample size, but even in the Memphis game, the defensive intensity was starting to rise, the Celtic’s lost that game by not being able to buy a basket, however on the defensive end they ‘seemed’ to be on the mend.
The Celtic’s will head into MSG in NY on Monday as confident as they possibly can be amidst a season that has been up and down to say the least. It should be a game with plenty of hype surrounding it given the way the Knicks have come out of the gate and proven themselves worthy to hang amongst the elite in the east.
C’s have waived both Kris Joseph and Jarvis Vernardo, opening up two roster spots. The rumors are already starting to swirl around a possible three team blockbuster deal that would potentially bring Demarcus Cousins to Boston. It seems like Danny has something up his sleeve..
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