Don’t look now, but the Boston Celtics have won four straight games. Sure, three of those four victories came against teams who currently own losing records. The Celtics also made a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Jeff Green to overcome the defending champions, the Miami Heat, on the road. The win over the Heat came on the second night of a back-to-back set on Saturday night.
Entering the season, most media members and fans did not know what to expect from the Celtics. The team lost their coach (Doc Rivers), two superstar players (Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce), and their remaining star is rehabbing from a torn right ACL (Rajon Rondo). With some talented freshmen in college basketball, the prevailing belief was the Celtics are tanking to draft one of these players from college.
Eight games into the 2013-’14 season, nobody still knows what to think about this Celtics team. They are standing in first place in the Atlantic Division with the Philadelphia 76ers and they continue to raise questions. Will they be able to sustain this impressive play? Are they really this good? Can Brad Stevens win in the NBA with a lesser team like he did at Butler University? While the season is young, these Celtics are providing excitement with their play.
Here are a couple of tweets:
“Love……. I can’t get enough of it” lol
— Jordan Crawford (@jcraw55) November 12, 2013
Jordan Crawford was seen as an offensive-first, selfish player with the Washington Wizards. He was traded to the Celtics last February for Jason Collins and an injured Leandro Barbosa. The Celtics failed to pick up the option on his rookie contract because he was seen as a wild card. Since Stevens inserted Crawford into the starting lineup last Wednesday against the Utah Jazz, the Celtics have taken off. In the 120-105 victory over the Orlando Magic, Crawford scored 16 points and added 10 assists with no turnovers. In the past four games, Crawford is averaging 12.7 points, 5.7 assists, and 1.2 turnovers. Crawford is certainly feeling the love from Celtics fans for his recent play at point guard.
— Jared Sullinger (@Jared_Sully0) November 11, 2013
Jared Sullinger has been providing the Celtics with productive minutes off the bench with Gerald Wallace and Courtney Lee. Sullinger took the time on Veterans’ Day to recognize the sacrifices that American soldiers have and continue to make to protect our freedom. Sullinger is another player like Crawford who is looking to shake his image from his arrest for domestic violence in August.