|Posted by Morena on November 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM|
This is what I had on my mind when I talked about not getting down without a fight. While I was disappointed after the game with Houston, I don't have much to complain about after last night loss. To be honest, I expected much worst looking at our performance during the four game losing streak. San Antonio has the best record in the league tied with the pacers, so this was not the game we were supposed to win. And while it's nice to receive a big surprise, I didn't expected to see a W next to our name this morning.
Stevens made a big change in the starting lineup that I liked a lot. Sully replaced Bass in the starting five last night. We win the game, and everyone say that Stevens is a genius. We lost, but I still think this was the right thing to do. Sully showed that the coach trust wasn't misplaced by being the best player on the court, finishing with 19 points and 17 rebounds in a game that saw him playing against Tim Duncan. I think that Sully is working hard to gain a starting spot on this roster. He couldn't work out a lot on his own during the summer because he had to wait to be cleared by the doctors after the back surgery he had at the beginning of the year and he arrived at training camp out of shape. Since then, he's been one of the best player during the preseason, and even now, almost one month in the regular season, he's been disappointing in a number of game that you can probably count with one hand.
Kelly started alongside him and had yet another solid game. It wasn't his best night for sure, but the numbers say the effort was there. I love the two of them playing together, and by now everyone of you already know that my favorite starting five will include both of them together with Rondo.
It was just another one of those big nights for Green. I swear, this guy will drive me crazy. I should probably just appreciate the 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assist effort, but I can't get over the roller coaster that is his season. And his whole career.
It was another solid night from Crawford, who just keeps delivering. If I'm not wrong, he has another year of contract. I hope the Celtics will keep him, he will be a solid back up for Rondo. And by then, we'll have the chance to see if Pressey is the player we think he is. Speaking of Phil, he had 3 assists in eight minutes last night. I don't know what he looks like on the court, but the numbers say this guy just keeps growing under Rondo's special supervision.
That said, I think the key for last night loss is the lack of support from our bench. Bass, Wallace, and Lee, who had a big game last night, combined for 53 minutes, scoring 10 points to go along with 3 rebounds, 3 assist and 5 turnover. Not exactly what we needed, thank you very much.
The defense looked still a little bit off but a lot better than last night. We had way too many turnovers, but the rebounding was good.
We will have another tough game against Indiana, but I believe this is the right path.