Thursday, January 16, 2014

Celtics Snap 9 Game Losing Streak


Photo via celtic-nation.com
After a brutal 9 game losing streak, the Boston Celtics, after trading starting point guard Jordan Crawford, got the 88-83 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Before the game, reserve guard Keith Bogans was excused from the team for reasons unspecified. Also, Rajon Rondo suited up and was activated for the first time in the 2013-14 season. The Celtics are 1-0 without Crawford, 1-0 with Rondo suiting up, and 1-0 without Keith Bogans on the team.

But those story lines were secondary to Jared Sullinger's performance. Sully had 25 points and 20 rebounds, a monster game that hasn't been done by a Celtics player since Kevin Garnett's first game in green.

Phil Pressey, now playing at the starting point guard position, had an excellent game. The little man played 26 quality minutes and he didn't score any points, but he only shot 5 times. Pressey facilitated the ball, dishing out 10 assists and really pushing the pace which resulted in easy baskets.

Even though the Celtics are in full-fledged 'rebuilding' mode, it was very nice to see them get the W. After the game, Brad Stevens discussed how he's handling the season:
"I want to win every single thing I do in life, but I’m not as concerned w/ breaking a streak per se, than I am playing good ball"
Another thing that was great about the victory for the Celtics, was the outstanding night from Team Give Her That Three, my fantasy basketball team led by Jared Sullinger.
This is for all the Fantasy Ball junkies out there: