The Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, 111-99 for their second consecutive win. It seems like its been forever since the C’s won two in a row, and the Celtics are looking to finish a long season on a positive note. Coach Brad Stevens is probably very pleased with the team’s effort this week, and it’s impressive to see the type of performances he has gotten from a team that has many reasons to be deflated. The Cavaliers scored 41 points in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late, as Boston still coasted to a 12-point victory. Here are some more thought’s about last night’s win:
- Being put in the starting lineup inspired Kelly Olynyk to play one of his best games of the season. He finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds, shooting 11-for-23 from the floor and 2-for-5 from three. I hope we see Olynyk in the starting lineup more often, and not just because Jared Sullinger and Kris Humphries are on the shelf.
- Matching Olynyk’s 25 points was Avery Bradley, who has now scored over 20 points in three straight contests. Between him and Rajon Rondo, the improvement on their jump shots says a lot about their focus and training. Rondo still gets some criticism for his outside shot, but he and Bradley have proven that you can’t sag off of them, something that will help future post-threats in Boston.
- The Celtics forced All-Star Cavalier point guard Kyrie Irving to just 15 points on 3-for-15 shooting from the field. It’s hard not to love Irving’s game, but next year could bring a lot of criticism his way. People are beginning to notice that his numbers look similar to guys like Stephon Marbury in both in-game statistics and career record. Irving has to do something to change that perception before it really catches on.
- This was a fun group to watch tonight. No Rondo, Sullinger, Humphries, and Jerryd Bayless meant a lot of guys played together who you don’t normally see. Joel Anthony and Chris Babb got some run with guys like Jeff Green and Brandon Bass. There just seemed to be a good energy with these guys on the court together.