|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 24, 2013 at 1:35 PM|
This team is just one big hustle play. They like to play hard, and the effort has been there all year despite the game in Houston that comes to mind. Wallace will hit the floor, the same goes for Sully and Bradley. Doc was always quoted talking about the 50/50 plays and how key they are to a team winning or losing a game.
"That's how we'll win, or have a chance to win in certain games," said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.
And that's where things get kind of sticky for this Celtics team.
They have proven repeatedly that they have the talent to play with just about any team in the NBA.
But in order to become one of those better-than-average teams, their ability to win the wars for 50/50 balls has to get better.
Boston is 15 games into the season with five wins to its name.
Of those 10 losses, the overwhelming majority of them were relatively close contests that often came down to securing a loose ball here, closing out on a shooter or making the right pass at the right time to the right teammate.
More often than not, Boston has failed to make those plays throughout the course of a game.
And that shortcoming has often been magnified down the stretch.
Not on Saturday, a game in which it was Boston and not their opponent, that managed to make all the high-energy, hustle plays required for success.
"Those plays are great," Stevens said. "But it has to be an expectation that we make those plays."
It seems that Brad has set the expectation. The Celtics go out there every night regardless if they win or lose. The Celtics could easily be a .500 basketball team right now, but some of those 50/50 plays went the other way. The Celtics are 5-10 with some games that they can win this week. The Bobcats have a decent record but that's a team that the C's can beat. The roughest month of the season is almost over, and the Celtics are still in playoff contention with the East being awful.