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After a disastrous week last week, the Celtics rebounded to a week with two wins over the Charlotte Bobcats, and Cleveland Cavaliers, and a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, and a slightly embarrassing loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Lets take a closer look, game by game.
The Celtics pulled out a 10 point victory over the infamously terrible Charlotte Bobcats. Major contributors for the Celtics were Jordan Crawford and Gerald Wallace. Crawford had 21 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. Wallace had a rare offensive appearance with, 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals off the bench. Collectively, the Celtics shot an outstanding 45% from behind the arc, shooting 9-20 from three, which may have been the deciding factor in the game. Gerald Wallace showed some rare signs of life, which is encouraging for the Celtics. He has been hustling very well surprisingly, which is very unlike him. Brad Stevens should be getting loads of recognition for Wallace's newfound attitude towards the game.
In a heartbreaking home loss, the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Celtics 100-93 behind a powerful 22 point performance from Jerryd Bayless off the bench. Jared Sullinger had an electrifying performance for the Celtics, dropping in 23 points, on 2 of 3 shooting from downtown, along with 12 rebounds and 3 steals. Jeff Green played an astonishing 39 minutes this game, and delivered with 26 points, and 7 rebounds. The Celtics biggest issue in this game was their bench production. The three bench scorers, Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, and Vitor Faverani, only combined for 17 points between them. The starters could simply not rely on their bench when they needed a rest.
This game was simply not close from the beginning. The Celtics ended up taking this game from the Cavaliers by a staggering, 17 point margin in the 103-86 victory. It is hard to tell who had a better game between Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford. Jeff Green dropped 31 points, and 5 rebounds on the Cavs, while Jordan Crawford had his first career triple double. Crawford had 11 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, and 1 steal in a career night. Between these two performances, it was hard for the Celtics to win in an all around strong game for both these individuals, and the team as a whole. The creator of PFTP, Danny, was at the game and his family wanted to leave early but he made them stay until Crawford got his triple-double.
The Celtics lost to the Bucks on a gross court to the Greek Freak. Nuff' said.
Overall, even though they only went .500 the Celtics had a really strong week, and Jordan Crawford emerged as more than just a role players this week.