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This week was actually positive for the Celtics. Boston won a game for the first time since December 28th against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately, the win came with two more losses in the week, but the Celtics ended their worst losing streak since 2007. Whether positive or negative, the Jordan Crawford deal also took place this week. The three team deal will definitely impact the Celtics in the near future. We can't forget that Rajon Rondo came back from injury either!
Even though this was such a lopsided loss, the Celtics can still draw some positives from this 12 point loss. First off, Avery Bradley had a great game with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Bradley took advantage of being matched up with James Harden and lackadaisical defense. Another positive from this game was, Jerryd Bayless had his strongest game as a Celtic to date. Bayless dropped 17 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals in 24 minutes of action off the bench. A major negative from this game was Boston's interior defense. Dwight Howard 32 points on 11-17 shooting from the field. Not only was the interior defense bad, but all around the Celtics defense was bad. Six people scored in double digits for the Rockets. Houston also shot 42% from behind the arc. Avery Bradley and Jerryd Bayless were both great, but the Celtics defense was simply not good enough to keep up with the Houston Rockets.
The Celtics won! Even being shorthanded because of the Jordan Crawford trade, the Celtics managed to win with Phil Pressey starting at point guard. You can thank Jared Sullinger for the W. Sullinger dropped 25 points, 20 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Phil Pressey didn't manage to score a point, but he did have 10 assists and 3 rebounds. The Celtics were lucky to come away with this victory because the shot 35% from the field, and 25% from behind the arc. Avery Bradley also had another big game with 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Los Angeles Lakers
This game was one of the best the Celtics have played this season. Even though they lost by three, it was a great all around game. In Rondo's return, he played 19 minutes and did alright. Rondo had 8 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, and only 1 turnover. Rondo looked pretty good this season, and even did his patented "Rondo" move. Rondo seemed to move fine and did not look winded at all. However, The real star of this game was Kelly Olynyk who exploded off the bench for 25 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. Phil Pressey came off the bench and had 6 points, 9 assists, and 2 steals. New addition Joel Anthony did not play this game.