After three ugly quarters, the Boston Celtics pulled away in the last frame to beat the lowly Milwaukee Bucks 102-86. Without Rajon Rondo, the C’s offense looked stagnant at times, but rookie Phil Pressey did an admirable job filling in for the team captain. Jeff Green was the difference in the fourth quarter as he lead the seven minute surge that helped Boston put the game away. Though he didn’t have a highlight worthy dunk, he did make more plays that have you scratching your head wondering, “Why isn’t this guy an all-star?” Here are a few more thoughts about last night’s contest:
- Kelly Olynyk had his best game in quite some time. He runs the floor so well for a guy his size and needs to rely on his fundamentals and position for a lot of his offense and rebounds. He had 14 points and 11 boards last night, the first double-double of his career. He could fit nicely as a stretch PF or C, and I love watching him and Jared Sullinger on the court at the same time, even if neither of them knows what the top of the rim looks like.
- Bucks fans, I don’t envy you at all. Your team is really hard to watch and seeing John Henson turn his ankle as the end of the game only made things worse (Update: It is a foot injury). I have never been a Brandon Knight fan and I hate Zaza Pachulia with a passion. This is certainly the team at the bottom of my league pass rankings.
- Four blocks for Sullinger tied a career high for the second-year big man. Though he doesn’t really get off the ground when he jumps, Sullinger uses his body on defense to get into his opponents space. It seems that he is learning how to avoid fouls on defense, something a lot of young big men in the league struggle to figure out. Somewhere Derek Favors is nodding his head.
- With one game left before the all-star break, GM Danny Ainge has a lot to think about. I hope he keeps most of this roster in tact and the C’s play out the season with the core of Rondo, Avery Bradley, and Sullinger. I would be happy to see Green moved, but few general managers know better than Ainge not to take 75 cents on the dollar.