It’s hard to believe you could preach progress during a double-digit loss, but that’s exactly the stage the Celtics are at right now and that’s what we saw tonight. After getting their doors blown off in Houston, the C’s played one of the best teams in the NBA tough for a half on the road in a back-to-back. That happened in large part due to Brad Stevens shaking up the starting lineup, inserting Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk in the fold, while demoting Bass and Faverani to the bench.
Sullinger responded with a huge effort (19 points, 17 rebounds) and Jeff Green woke up as well offensively (17 points) making a game of it for the first 24 minutes. Unfortunately, Boston’s bench fell apart against the Spurs’ well-oiled offensive attack and got dealt their fifth straight loss.
The players you wanted to see played well, the vital parts of the team’s future looked strong though and that’s primarily what this team is looking for right now. It’s progress for this group, even as they pile up the losses.
Ryan will have your full recap on the way later tonight…