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Considering they had lost their last three games by an average of 18.3 points and were behind by as many as 35 on Tuesday in Houston, and were never really a factor in any of them, staying with San Antonio for most of three quarters is borderline duck boat material for what is the Celtics these days.
“We played different,” said coach Brad Stevens, who may have even been able to get some sleep after this one. “The team that played tonight could be a really fun group to build with. That’s what you take from here.
“We talked about this early in the year; there’s going to be nights where we measure progress a little bit differently. And it wasn’t hard to measure (Tuesday) night. We didn’t make any. But tonight we made a little bit, and hopefully we build off of it. I’m disappointed we lost, but I do find more silver lining in this one than maybe (Tuesday) night.”
This is the new measure of “success” for the Celtics.
I turned on the game in the 3rd quarter (I have a great excuse – she’s 5-6 with stunning brown eyes and a killer smile) to find the Celtics trailing by just 5 points.
At that moment I chalked this one up as moral victory.
Playing in Houston and San Antonio on back-to-back nights is no easy task for any team in the league.
As KWAPT also pointed out in last night’s recap, the silver linings in this one were the individual performances of Jared Sullinger (19 pts, 17 reb vs Timmy D.) and Avery Bradley (19 points on 9-18FG), along with the all-around team effort.
I refuse to recognize Jeff Green’s 19 points. I’ll render compliments with the same consistency he delivers solid performances.
Page 2: the league understands Gerald Wallace is having a tough season
“They read to me what I said,” Wallace said, “and then just told me, ‘OK then, well, we understand you’re having a rough season. Hope your season gets better,’ and hung up the phone.”
According to the veteran, there was really no room for rebuttal.
“Nah, they ain’t hearing that,” said Wallace before the C’s 104-93 loss to the Spurs last night. “They called to confirm, make sure ‘Is this what you said? OK, cool.’ They didn’t call me back five minutes later, like, ‘Oh, my bad, I got the wrong number.’ ”
As for an explanation, Wallace said, “They said something about the league was, I don’t know, family friendly or friendly family or something. I said, ‘OK.’ ”
That’s Gerald Wallace explaining the phone call he received from the league informing him of the $10,000 fine for dropping the f-bomb to the media Tuesday night in Houston.
So understanding and thoughtful.
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