Sunday, December 8, 2013

Beantown Ballin' 12/2 - 12/7

Photo Courtesy of ESPN

The Celtics had a slow week this week, with only two games being played.  The first was played on Tuesday when the Celtics took on the Bucks in the Garden.  The Bucks, surprisingly put up a fight against the Celtics, with the game ending with the Celtics winning 108-100.  Then on Friday, the Celtics faced off against the Nuggets in Beantown and pulled off an eight point victory against Ty Lawson and co.  Here is some in depth analysis of each game.

Milwaukee Bucks

Kelly Olynyk sat out this game with a lingering ankle sprain.  Jordan Crawford had a huge game for the Celtics with 25 points, 5 assists, and 1 steal.  Crawford is growing more and more comfortable in his role of running the point, and it will be interesting to see what the Celtics will do upon Rajon Rondo's return.  Jeff Green also had a strong game with 18 points, and 5 rebounds on 6-9 (66%) shooting from the field.  Brando Bass had a strong game with 16 points, and 9 rebounds. Boston shot great in all aspects percentage wise.  50% from the field, 46% from behind the arc, and 78% from the charity stripe.  Overall strong numbers.  This was an overall strong game for the Celtics and they pulled put a nice victory to carry them to 8-12 on the season.

Denver Nuggets

Jordan Crawford has become the Celtics best player as of right now.  Crawford had another amazing performance with 22 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds.  Kris Humphries had a fantastic game off the bench with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists in one of his best games in a Celtics jersey yet.  Avery Bradley had 18 points and 4 rebounds on 8-11 (72%) from the field in a rare efficient game from Bradley.  The difference in this game was the Celtics shot 51% from the field compared to the Nuggets 44% which helped the Celtics pull out an 8 point victory.

The Celtics had a relatively easy week playing only two games against the lowly Milwaukee Bucks and the Nuggets who have yet to find their complete identity in the tough Western Conference.  Jordan Crawford has emerged as the Celtics first option on offense and should only loom to improve as the season goes on.