|Posted by shawn cassidy on April 8, 2013 at 1:00 AM|
The Celtics played big, and it worked out. The Celtics didn't kill the Wizards on the glass, but they finally won the battle 38-36. All you need is KG? His leadership, his voice, and presence was enough to fuel the Celtics in one of their best wins in recent memory.Garnett finished with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block after playing just 24 minutes. One of the big questions before KG's return was Brandon Bass. Bass had finally turned up the volume after an inconsistent up and down season. Bass answered with a team-high 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting to go along with six rebounds. He also had a block, and a steal to show his defensive muscle.
Doc ran some interesting lineups out there, and I liked them. It made the Celtics bigger at times, and I think it's crucial going further, but I guess the lineups that Doc used must work again, and again if he'll stick with them. Doc stuck with his word and started Jeff Green. Jeff was solid, but he could never shake the foul trouble that he dealt with all night. He only played 27 minutes Sunday night. Green put up 8 points with 3 rebounds.
Chris Wilcox made 6-of-7 shots for 13 points (with five rebounds) and Shavlik Randolph made both shots he put up for eight points with a team-high seven boards. The Celtics have a better front line heading into the playoffs compared to last season. Doc only used Bass, and KG it seemed like with some spot minutes for Steamer, and Hollins. I like the 50 points in the paint by the Celtics, and they limited the Wizards to 36.
The Wizards have been a .500 team since Wall returned after missing 33 games this season. This team is better than their record. It was a good win, and the Celtics have found some good lineups. I like how Doc used KG, and Wilcox with the second unit. The Celtics play big, and it worked for Wilcox, and KG. Wilcox and KG play well together.
John Wall scored a team-high 16 points on 8-of-20 shooting in 40 minutes. The Celtics did a fine job limiting Wall. Bradley had an okay game. He finally played smarter on the offensive end. He missed two of his three-point attempts. He needs to stay away from that, and he needs to focus on what he did last season. He had a few cut to the basket plays that worked, just like last year. The bench scored 42 points, and they continue to build on something before the playoffs.
Doc and the guys should be pleased with this win. I know I am.