The Boston Celtics head into the much needed All-Star Break with a winning record and fresh off of an impressive winning stretch where they finally showed they are capable of playing good team basketball. We’ve been waiting all season for it but the Celtics are finally starting to gel as a team. They rallied around the loss of PG Rajon Rondo and quickly rolled of a seven game winning streak that saw them defeat some big opponents like the Lakers, Heat, Clippers. The celtics are definitely in it this year as contenders. They are quite formidable opponents in that they have shown time and time again that when they are down and the chips are stacked against them…. they will now quit. This asset will be quite valuable come playoff time.
The Celtics are at a winning record of 28-24(3rd place in the Atlantic Division).Today they would qualify for a playoff position. They should be well rested with All-Star Weekend’s time off and ready to continue a second part of the season surge. Pierce and Garnett are carrying the team like the seasoned veterans that they are. However, other important role players like Jason Terry, Jeff Green, and Avery Bradley have stepped up especially in the area of team defense.
Their team defense allowed them to shut down the Chicago Bulls in their final game before the All-Star Game, the bulls were held to under 80 points and the Celtics still won despite only scoring 8 points themselves in the 3rd quarter. Fatigue is obviously a problem for the battered team as the Celtics also dropped a close game to the Charlotte Bobcats earlier in the busy week.
Doc Rivers’ coaching job with this year’s Celtics is nothing short of amazing. They lose an All- Star point guard and still win. Trade rumors swirl around the team yet they still produce. new younger players step it up and show the skills they’ve got when many denied that they should even be on the team. And need I mention on top of all of this…Coach Rivers leads the team through the transition and loss of Hall of Famer Ray Allen. Incredible! To top it off when the champion Heat and Allen came into Boston they left without a win!!!
Garnett will start what he says will be his last All-Star Game. Rondo would have been starting alongside him if not for the injury. Enjoy the All-Star Game and all it’s fun fellows but when you come back remember you are re-joining an ambitious basketball team that is looking to do nothing short of capture banner #18 for the Boston Celtics!!! Go Celtics GO