The democratization of the Boston offense. With Rajon Rondo out, the Celtics refashioned an offense based around pace, ball movement and floor spacing. They shot 53.4%, scored 14 points in transition and put 6 guys in double figures. Sacramento chipped in with a defensive no-show, allowing the Celtics all sorts of room to maneuver and plenty of open shots.
Jared Sullinger left the game with back spasms after playing only 4 minutes. For any other player, this would be a non-story but Sullinger’s draft stock collapsed last spring after reports he had issues with his back. Doc, post-game: “It’s just something we manage. He may miss games from time to time.”
More on the offense: in ways that were uncommon earlier in the year, the Celtics had multiple guys attacking the rim, both in transition and in the half-court. Love him or not, many of Boston’s offensive sets involved Rondo pounding the rock into the ground at the top of the arc while something developed off-ball. And if it didn’t develop, Boston often found itself manufacturing a mid-range jumper with little time on the clock. There will be problems as we go forward but every Celtic looked engaged tonight.
Big minutes for Brandon Bass and the recovering Chris Wilcox. An unexpected 9 minutes (almost entirely empty, mind you) from Jason Collins. None of this is sustainable if the goal is winning games on a regular basis. It may also be unavoidable.
A rare, solid shooting night for Jason Terry, who hit 5-7 shots and handed out 4 assists in 22 promising minutes.