Doling out individual grades seems really unnecessary for a couple of reasons. A lot of Celtics had pretty good games statistically, but they didn’t do many things differently than last night. The biggest difference is that the Celtics actually made their jump shots. It’s not as if the C’s had some renaissance and attacked the basket. They had a few sweet high low plays where Brandon Bass took advantage of Gerald Green guarding him but that was about it. It’s not as if Bass is going to have someone his height and far slighter guarding him every night. Coupled with their ability to splash open jumpers, the Celtics put forth just the right amount of effort on the defensive end and the glass to put the NETS away early.
Despite their the win, it’s important to remember that the Celtics played the NETS tonight. They played the NETS without Gerald Wallace, Brook Lopez, and an off-night from Deron Williams. The Celtics should have won in Toronto the same way they won tonight, which makes last night’s loss all the more frustrating but c’est la vie.
It was nice to see Gerald Green become a mature player. He doesn’t showboat anymore. He doesn’t feel like he deserves anything. He’s just putting his head down and going to work. I even fist pumped when he hit the three to close the first half. Oh and that dunk was SWEET! BUT to those who say the Celtics should have held on to him, please keep in mind that this would have been his sixth year in the league. It would have been six frustrating years before he could get 15 points off the bench on a bad team.
On a personal level, the best part of tonight was finding out that one of Damion James’ middle names (yes, he has two) is “Williams”, which means that there have been five people to have played for the NETS this season with the name “Williams”.
Yeah, it was one of those games. Let’s hope Pierce’s foot is okay.