On Friday in night in Phoenix the Celtics had their biggest win (in terms of margin of victory, 25) of the season, and they did it without their stars. Paul Pierce was mostly a non-factor, and Jeff Green scored 31 points (11 of 14 from the floor) while starting in place of a resting Kevin Garnett. Chris Wilcox led the bench with 14 points on 7-9 shooting, and the reserves as a whole made 18 of 32 field goals (56%). New guards Jordan Crawford (10 points) and Terrence Williams fit right in, with Williams (4 assists) often looking like the best point guard on the team.
Last night Boston lost in Portland, and that same bench which played so well against the Suns was a complete disaster. In a return to his regular reserve roll Green made just 4 of 12 shots. Wilcox, Crawford, and Williams combined for only 4 points, and the bench as a whole shot 7-26 (27%). But worst of all the Celtics non-starters registered a total of 0 assists. Zero. That is not good.
I have no no idea what this team will do in the playoffs. They could get back to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat, or get beaten handily in the first round; neither would surprise me.
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