Forget the fact that Rajon Rondo was relegated to watching with the rest of us. Our Boston Celtics are starting to click in a big way, and tonight they walked into the Big Apple and stared down the big, bad Knicks, winning a tough road game while their best player played the role of spectator. Don’t know about you, but I’m starting to see a little swagger in our Celtics. And you know what? I love it. Absolutely, positively love it.
Just how good is Paul Pierce? Every time he’s written off for dead he just keeps coming back, Jason-style, and puts together the kind of game that makes you stare in wonder. I mean, come on – 23 points, 6 assists and three boards…clutch plays…Pierce continues to amaze, and tonight the Knicks crumbled at a key juncture in the final frame, courtesy of The Truth.
But it was more than just Pierce. You don’t beat this Knicks team in New York, 102-96, without a collective effort, and the Celtics brought that energy to bear in spades. Try five players in double-figures. Try taking care of the ball – only 10 turnovers without Rondo running the show. Try 18-20 from the free throw line. Gotta love it, people. Gotta feel the flow.
And then there’s Jeff Green – 16 points on 5-10 shooting. Could it be that we’re finally starting to see the player that we’ve suspected he would be all along?
And how about Jared Sullinger? The rookie goes double-figures with 10 points while pulling down 5 boards, and brings the defensive energy that Kevin Garnett loves so much. Sullinger may be undersized, but damn, the rook sure knows how to play the game of basketball.
We’ve still got to get Jason Terry untracked. Terry shot 1-7 from the field as his slump continues, and it sure seems like he’s pressing too hard out there. JET needs to relax and let the game come to him more.
Winners of three straight, all of them quality wins, our C’s are about to see the schedule soften just a bit.
Gotta love it.
Rise up, Celtics fans, and rejoice.
Your team is starting to click.