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Recap: Heart attack Celtics win their first game

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) November 6, 2013 Brandon Bass, Recaps 28 Comments

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The Boston Celtics, at one point, were down 16-3.  They roared back and overcame that deficit, ultimately taking a lead as high as 25 with just under 6 minutes to go in the third quarter.  They subsequently blew most of that giant lead, and found themselves leading by only 6 with 4:29 left to play.

But Brandon Bass… yeah, that Brandon Bass… would not let them lose.  He scored 9 of his team-high 20 points in the 4th quarter, and the Celtics held on for their first win of the season, 97-87 over Utah.

The Green

WE WON!!! WE FINALLY WON!!!!! AAHHHHHHHH!!!!!! (spare me the Wiggins/tanking stuff.  We can win every once in a while and still be in just fine position in the lottery.  The team needed a win, and PLENTY of losses are around the corner)

I’ll start with Bass, who, despite falling into a bunch of isolation stuff, was the only reliable scorer for the C’s in the 4th.  Someone had to step up, and he made clutch shots.

That said, Jared Sullinger was probably the most noticeable difference maker in this game.  He was a +18 for a reason.  Hell, I’ll expand this to the Sully, Wallace, Olynyk combination.  Those 3 guys, on the floor, at the same time, were mostly fantastic tonight.  It’s no surprise they were the only three to have double-digit, positive +/- tonight.  Tonight, that stat is an accurate one for them.

Kudos, by the way, to Gerald Wallace, who played well of the bench.  Tommy was raving about him all night, and for good reason.  Now if only he’d realize that playing an important role off the bench benefits him, we’ll all be happy.

Phil Pressey did a nice job in the 17 minutes he was in the game. Some ups, some downs, but mostly positive because he got the guys running.

The Gross

Vitor Faverani played the first 6 minutes of the game and got absolutely torched.  It was his worst 6 minutes as a Celtic.  He missed all four shots he took, and Enes Kanter had his way with him.  I don’t know what happened to Vitor tonight, but he earned the benching he got.

That 4th quarter was yet another abomination.  Just another example of why they need Rondo back.  This team needs a veteran with some poise and the ability to simply take over when everyone else seems to shit their pants.  Fans should have gotten Gino time tonight… instead they got heartburn.

The Greenlights

Jeff Green, up the right side (of course), using the hesitation to get past one defender and then get the and-1.

The Grid

  • Utah: 1-9 3pt fg
  • Boston:  7-20 3pt fg
  • Celtics:  22 assists (season average entering tonight: 14)
  • Turnovers:  Utah 22 (2o points) – Boston 15 (11 points)
  • Green:  18 points (6-13 fg, 3-4 3pt, 3-3 ft), 3 reb, 4 ast
  • Olynyk:  14 points (6-14 fg, 0-3 3pt, 2-2 ft), 8 reb, 3 ast
  • Wallace:  9 points (3-5 fg, 2-2 3pt, 1-1 ft), 9 reb, 3 ast
  • Sullinger:  12 points (6-11 fg, 0-2 3pt), 5 reb

Oh, Kris Humphries played just under 6 minutes tonight.  He hit a basket, he had a turnover, and that’s it.  So anyone hoping to get trade value out of his expiring deal might as well forget it.  The Celtics will probably just let him walk and take the cap space if this continues.  Considering the Wallace/Sully/Olynyk combo plus Faverani’s ability to generally play solid ball (tonight notwithstanding), Humph might be done.

Congrats, Brad Stevens on win #1.

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  • wil

    I still like humphries more than bass tho. smh those Bass iso’s, Carmelo rubbed off too much on bass last playoffs.

    Sully, Kelly, Wallace is fun to watch! hopefully wallace doesnt get another emotional break down soon.

    Green shot the ball really well. But he needs to do mooooooooooooooore! he barely attacked inside. And he disappears in late game situations.

    • wil

      and atleast bass is doing his best to increase his trade value lmao

    • Curt Hays

      I tend to agree. I wish Humphries was playing more. However, Bass is RELIABLE so far this season. And he generally stays healthy, so I’ll let it slide for now.

  • vitamin d

    Bass has really stepped up this season with his rebounding and reliable jumpshot. I noticed he also added a tiny bit more variety to his offense!

    • bill_nair

      He’s taking the leadership role head-on and you have to respect how he’s approached the game. Bass may not be the vocal leader we need (he might be, i have no idea) but hes been playing his role and doing what coach has asked. Leading by example.

  • firm_fiasco

    Phil Pressey sparked the game changer in the first. Much props to the kid.

    • KWAPT

      Was nice to see him finally get some minutes. He had a huge grin postgame. Great kid.

  • KWAPT

    First game back at the Garden for me since PP/KG era ended. Was definitely surreal. But one thing didn’t change-the Garden fans get behind their team, even when they make you want to walk out…lol. Really proud of Bass tonight. He’s had to adjust his offensive game w/out Paul & Kevin (& Rajon) and was the vet presence they needed in the 4th to not let another one slip away. Good to get that first win out of the way…

  • Lee in Oregon

    Glad they got Steven’s that first W. Also glad Pressey got a few minutes- he needs more. Watching Crawford is painful at times but I’ll endure it to see AB back at the 2 where he belongs.

    Obviously, no lead is completely safe with this team, but at least tonite they punched back.

  • pierce Hart

    A win is nice. As long as we don’t end up with the NBAs worst ever record. On another note I wish Larry Bird was rebuilding this franchise. Paul George has been incredible this season. Best player in the league and MVP for sure so far. All that with a 10th pick

    • swissflix

      While they might never become as good as PGeorge, Sully, Bradley and Olynyk sure look like very solid picks. We just never had a 10th pick the last couple of years.

      • pierce Hart

        They have been good picks but on the other hand Johnson and Melo were awful picks. All I’m saying is id rather have Bird than Ainge drafting this year.

        • bill_nair

          You act like bird hasn’t drafted duds in the late first round. Melo was what, the 22nd pick and Johnson was the 21st? Look at the stats at how many guys taken their pan out.

        • swissflix

          Paul Pierce was a tenth pick too….nobody but the Mavs (and 15 years later Rick Pitino according to himself) saw something in Dirk….i do see your point that Bird had a steal with Paul George but that does not diminish Ainge’s achievements in the draft. Glen Davis was another solid drafting by the way.
          My feeling with the current team is that it’s really just a Rondo and a top three or five draft pick next year away from being a good to very good team again. I am confident rebuilding won’t take as much time as many fear.

          • Curt Hays

            As much as I love Big Baby, he was drafted by Seattle.
            Remember though, Larry Bird drafted all 5 of Indiana’s starters. I’d say that speaks for something. Danny drafted Rondo, Kelly, Sully, Bradley, and Green. Not bad at all.
            However…Danny also traded KG to another team. So he can kiss my ass.

          • swissflix

            haha, yes you got me there. And i agree with you about KG, of course.
            The question is if any of the Pacers’s starters could have been drafted by Danny at some point? That would give Larry the points.

          • pierce Hart

            All I’m saying is if I were to have a GM to rebuild and lay new foundations of a franchise it would be Bird. He has improved Indiana in the long haul rather than Ainge who I feel seeks a quick fix.

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  • bill_nair

    Nice game from Kelly. Glad to see him aggressive on the boards (especially against this Utah front line.) Wallace is better off coming off the bench where he can play the point forward role. Crawford brings the energy needed for the starting unit that’s why i like him their. Ive seen him take his fair share of criticism and rightfully so, but he has really improved from a maturity standpoint and a few passes last night were impressive.

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  • KGino

    I said it about a week ago, if this team wants any chance of winning they need to start Pressey or J Craw… Both playing larger roles got us the win last night

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