The lowly Charlotte Bobcats invaded Boston tonight, facing a well-rested and suddenly resurgent Celtics squad, which seemed to be a perfect recipe for a blowout game. And while the Celtics jumped on Charlotte early, as predicted, it was the Bobcats who clawed back at the start of the second half, erasing a double-digit lead to tie the game and cause much concern across Celtic Nation.
What? A loss to the stinking Bobcats? Could it be?
Stranger things have happened – like OKC dropping a game to the putrid Washington Wizards. So the concern was clearly warranted, and the Celtics’ five-game winning streak looked like it was about to go up in smoke. Especially with Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass and Jason Terry bricking shots.
Maybe an upset could have happened. Maybe earlier in the season, before Avery Bradley returned and the Celtics started playing like a team with a purpose. And while this team seemed to lose its way at times tonight, it was Rajon Rondo’s triple double that helped catapult the Celtics to an early lead and then helped to rebuild that lead after the Bobcats gamely fought their way back.
Rondo, again, was amazing – 17 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists – and just like that, the Celtics are the proud owners of a 6-game winning streak and some serious momentum as they try to climb their way up the playoff ladder.
Avery Bradley was huge as well, with 16 points on 6-10 shooting, and with frenetic perimeter D. It proved more than enough to offset a combined 13 point effort by Garnett (7 points) and Bass (6).