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Orlando Magic 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 120 Boston Celtics
Brandon Bass, PF 30 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +3
Bass hit some mid-range jumpers, which was all he needed to do. Actually, on a night like tonight, it was more than he needed to do.
Kelly Olynyk, C 26 MIN | 7-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +1
This was Olynyk’s first truly good game as a pro, at least in the regular season. He was hitting from everywhere without jacking up bad shots. At one point, he passed up an open 3-pointer in the corner, which seemed like a bad idea until he drove past Jason Maxiell and dished off to Brandon Bass for an easy layup. He’s docked a little for his defense around the rim…but not much.
Avery Bradley, PG 29 MIN | 10-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 24 PTS | +12
The 2011-12 Avery Bradley — the version Celtics fans having been pining for — wasn’t as good as the version we’ve seen against Orlando and Miami. His pull-up jumpers have been looking comfortable and confident, and his defense is still characteristically vicious. At one point, Bradley frustrated Jameer Nelson into swatting him hard across the head. This is a good thing, especially for those of us who weren’t swatted hard across the head by Jameer Nelson.
Jeff Green, SG 29 MIN | 5-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | -7
Most of Green’s points came with the game well in hand, but that was because Crawford and Bradley were playing so well, so it’s tough to fault him. He had a few too many turnovers for someone who isn’t a primary ball-handler, but at this point we are severely picking nits.
Jordan Crawford, SG 33 MIN | 7-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 10 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +15
So THIS is what happens when Jordan Crawford gets more than 30 minutes in a game? Steez dished out 10 assists, and they weren’t cheap home-cooking either. Crawford was almost always looking pass…unless the Celtics needed him to shoot. If you can put aside the name “Jordan Crawford” and just look at his stats, you see a very solid line for a point guard. What a weird season.
Jared Sullinger, PF 25 MIN | 7-9 FG | 0-1 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +17
Sullinger’s 3-point attempt was on one of the last possessions of the game, and his shooting line was nearly perfect otherwise. What’s more, he demolished Jason Maxiell in the post in the first half. He gets a minor ding for just five rebounds, but once again, tiny nits are being picked.
Gerald Wallace, SF 19 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 1 PTS | +20
Five assists and a happy post-game presser. At least he’s consistent: His complaints earlier this season related to sharing the ball and blowing late leads.
Phil Pressey, PG 15 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +2
Not a big stat night for Pressey, but he continued to run the offense effectively and hit his first NBA 3-pointer.
Courtney Lee, SG 19 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +3
Where was this Courtney Lee last season when it would have really mattered?
Brad Stevens
I’m very nearly convinced that Brad Stevens is a wizard.

Three Things We Saw

  1. As fun as this performance was, there’s absolutely no way Boston continues to shoot 60% from the floor, especially given the amount of mid-range jumpers that dropped and Orlando’s lackluster defensive performance. Pretty unsustainable. Right? Someone tell me I’m right.
  2. Well…maybe hold that thought. Boston scored 20 points on fast break per ESPN and tallied 50 in the paint. Those are high-efficiency shots, and those numbers speak to how committed the Celtics were to creating for one another around the basket. Is 60% unsustainable? Sure. Are high percentages unsustainable? That remains to be seen.
  3. Per Evans Clinchy on Twitter: Bradley finished with 24 points, zero assists and zero rebounds and was the 26th player in NBA history with 24+, 0 and 0 in a game. Bradley, in addition, somehow managed to score 24 points without a single 3-pointer.

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  • skeeds

    and while we are thinking "what's happening? why the hell are they winning? make them stop! we need to tank!" Danny Ainge is thinking "$$$cachiiiiing$$$".

  • I_Love_Green

    These guys are making a nice case for a trade deadline deal 😉

    • The Cardinal

      Yeah, but it's almost certain to be one or more of the former Nets that aren't playing much. Kris Humphries could definitely help another team (heck, he's shown he could help this one when he's played) and I'm sure there are teams that will want Brooks for his potential and for backcourt depth. If I'm Danny, I would be willing to take cash.

  • Jim

    This is exciting stuff we are seeing here. Crawford has taken care of the ball and Bradley is playing like the game is fun again. Nice write up on the grades. Go Celtics!

  • Fan

    Faverani didn't get a grade. I think he certainly deserved a high one considering his production in only 15 minutes.

  • Morpheus

    "If you can put aside the name “Jordan Crawford” and just look at his stats, you see a very solid line for a point guard. What a weird season."

    That made me lol.

  • machine gun funk

    sports fans are such followers.everybody gets down on eccentric players and will only accept a certain archetype.loook at nate doin his thang over in chicago now.this nigga steez is only 25. if i was on the wizards id be clowing and filling the stat sheet too. he doesnt get enough credit for realizing he was on the celtics from day 1. people also need to realise that those faders from 5 feet behind the 3 line are like his layups lol

  • -jp

    Avery Bradley consistently destroys Jameer Nelson, I love watching AB go against him more than anyone.