It feels good to get a win every once in a while, especially against a superior team. Saturday night, the Celtics snapped a six-game skid against a talented Hawks squad which is almost certainly playoff bound.
The timing is a little strange. After falling to several tough teams in a row (including two consecutive championship contenders in Indiana and San Antonio) and getting blown out by Minnesota and Houston, Boston pulled out a win on the road in its fourth in game in five nights.
But after six consecutive losses, it’s hard to quibble with logic. Boston ground out a win, and it took the entire team (and a crazy impressive fourth quarter) to do so.
Let’s get to some grades.
|Brandon Bass, PF 33 MIN | 5-11 FG | 7-7 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +8Bass had a B-level performance, but he gets a bump for his clutch free throw shooting as the seconds ticked away and for a pair of excellent dunks.|
|Jared Sullinger, PF 33 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +13More minutes for Sullinger continues to lead to more production. He hit a 3-pointer and some mid-range jumpers, but his best attribute continues to be his touch around the basket, and he scored both with his back to the basket and on offensive rebounds. He also got absolutely demolished by Paul Millsap on a dunk of the year candidate, but since the poster was a result of a good defensive rotation, we’ll pretend that didn’t happen.|
|Avery Bradley, PG 34 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +6Bradley continues to connect fairly well from mid-range, rebounding from a poor shooting performance against Indiana.|
|Jeff Green, SG 35 MIN | 4-10 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | +4Green wasn’t efficient from the field, but his free throws lead to an efficient game: 16 points on 10 field goal attempts. Aggressive Jeff Green gets to the free throw line, which is a good Jeff Green.|
|Jordan Crawford, SG 35 MIN | 3-9 FG | 6-8 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | +24Classic Steez: Inefficient shooting for much of the game, but a pair of baskets late which helped ice things. Four turnovers, but 10 assists. As always with Crawford, catch onto the wave and hope you don’t get drenched. Tonight, the Celtics stayed dry.|
|Kris Humphries, PF 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -17Lots of rebounds, some decent defense, not much else. Still, Hump continues to be part of a logjam of people deserving minutes at power forward.|
|Vitor Faverani, C 14 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +10Faverani certainly contributed in the minutes he saw — 11 points and five rebounds in 14 minutes adds up to 37 points and 17 rebounds per 36 minutes which…does not suck.|
|Courtney Lee, SG 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +8Continuing to knock down mid-range jumpers while simultaneously disappearing for much of his time on the court.|
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