The Celtic’s bench is beginning to gel into a dynamic thing of beauty. Slowly but surely Danny Ainge is beginning to look less like he failed in the off season and more like a master of developing a great young bench core in the making. With a perfect mix of complimentary abilities the much talked about Celtic’s ‘depth’ is becoming a real thing, and what a thing it is.
Amidst the Celtic’s current winning streak the bench has not only performed at a high level, but on occasion they have even outscored the starting unit, buying valuable rest for the starters. The starting unit is now being cradled and supported in a manner that all Celtic’s fans have been longing to see since the 2007-08 season.
Lately the bench contributions have been wide spread from highlight worthy Jeff Green dunks to clutch shots from Courtney Lee and big offensive rebounds from 20 year old Jared Sullinger. The bench unit is beginning to look more cohesive as a whole and the Celtic’s show no signs of cooling down. Between Green, Lee, Terry, and Sullinger, this month the C’s bench brigade is averaging nearly 40 points, and bringing some tenacity and hustle and all the little things that don’t show up on the box score as well. It’s becoming more and more difficult to find who is the true 6th man coming off that Boston bench, which isn’t a bad thing… because they are all playing it.
Following a vintage tomahawk jam from Kevin Garnett last night, there was a beautiful moment; the camera panned to the Boston bench, they all had their arms around each other, smiling and basking in their recent synergy of green brotherhood. There is a lot to feel good about right now, and even more to look forward to.
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