Thursday, November 7, 2013

Celtics grab first victory of the post-Big 3 era

Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass and Phil Pressey shine as Celtics notch first win of the season

The Celtics were 0-4 and the sky was falling: Gerald Wallace accused his team mates of being selfish, Coach Brad Stevens yanked Jeff Green versus the Pistons, and it was just so damn frustrating to watch them fall behind early, collapse in the fourth quarter, or simply be out-classed. Add Avery Bradley's complete and utter inadequacy at point guard, and you quickly understand why the Celtics sorely needed something to feel good about.

Luckily, the team was able to produce a morale-uplifting win - and avoid the worst start in franchise history - against the new-look Jazz, who now remain as the only winless team in the NBA. It took a lineup change to get the W, though: the talkative G-Force was demoted to the bench in favor of Jordan Crawford, freeing AB of much of the point guard duties. Fuelled by an energetic Phil Pressey appearance and clutch performances by Kelly Olynyk (14 points, 8 rebounds) and Brandon Bass (20 points on 9-for-15 shooting), the unselfish Celtics led by as many as 25 points and did not fumble in the fourth quarter as the Jazz stormed back.

The Celtics visit the Orlando Magic on Friday.

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