The Celtics had a quintessential “master becomes the pupil” game tonight. Aside from Kevin Garnett, every Celtics starter finished the game on the damnation side of +/-. Garnett saved himself by playing his customary elite defense and shot just a shade under 50%, but the rest of the leaders finished well below zero with Brandon Bass leading (?) the way with -17.Luckily, it didn’t matter because the Celtics bench was doing some serious balling tonight. Normally the Celtics weakest link, the Celtics bench went 19/32 and dominated the Phoenix Suns.
Welcome to the NBA, Jared Sullinger! And I don’t mean someone embarrassed him to the point of unforgettable. I mean he proved he belonged for years to come. Sullinger finished the game with 12 points and 16 boards; easily the most impressive contest of his short career. The best part of Sullinger’s game tonight was the way he got those 16 boards. He scrapped, worked, and fought hard for those rebounds (including 5 offensive boards). His night was very impressive all around.
Tonight, we learned something we already knew: Jeff Green is every athletic. It was really nice to see him get going on the offensive end, even in a convincing win. Green lead a balanced scoring effort with 14 points including three thunderous dunks. These kind of points count for more in the context of the game considering how they riled up the crowd and the rest of the C’s.
You can bet both the Suns and the C’s will be shooting some threes next practice. Both teams were abysmal from behind the arc (C’s: 21%, Suns: 17%).
The Celtics only lost the rebounding battle by 5 and won handily. Coincidence? You decide.