The Dallas Mavericks came into Boston on a mission and extended their winning streak to five with a 102-91 victory over the Boston Celtics. The score makes the game look somewhat close, but the Mavericks were up by 20 plus with about seven minutes remaining in the game. Both Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo played through injury and both played well, but it was Monta and company that came away with the victory, something Dallas has done time and time again in Boston. Here are some thoughts about last night’s contest:
- Since joining the team around a month ago, Chris Johnson has been a pleasant surprise for the Celtics and their second unit. Johnson is auditioning for a potential spot on other clubs next season, as I can’t imagine the Celtics keeping him around for next year. Either way, Johnson has showed a varied offensive game that he will get to showcase against potential employers for the rest of the season.
- Ladies and gentleman, another Jeff Green dunk of the year candidate:
- Green had his moments last night and this starting lineup that coach Brad Stevens put out (Green, Brandon Bass, Jared Sullinger, Rondo, and Avery Bradley) was intriguing. I liked watching this unit play together and it makes me wonder about moving Green. But hey, if there is one trade scenario where a team takes Green and Gerald Wallace’s corpse, sign me up!
- Finally, I truly missed watching Rondo play basketball. His style is so incredibly unique and while he is still adjusting to the pace on defense, his offense is rounding into form. He may not Adrian Peterson in the sense that he is modern medicine marvel, but Rondo is a freak in other ways that AP couldn’t even understand.