The Celtics right now are a very good basketball team. And they are a lot of fun.
I went to Monday night’s game against the Jazz as a fan — my son’s AAU team got the privilege of playing on the parquet before the Celtics and Jazz played. It was awesome seeing my son play at the Garden, and it was great seeing the Celtics play crowd-pleasing and winning basketball.
I am not stupid. I know the Celtics are not winning a championship this year. A good season for them would be to win a playoff series. A great season would be to win two playoff series. But even with my official membership to the Green Team, I have no illusions about this team going any further than that.
But I can enjoy the moment and root for the likable, hard working team that Danny Ainge put together and that Brad Stevens has done a masterful job coaching.
Their best player — Isaiah Thomas — is a joy to watch. The 5-foot-9-inch guard is fearless on the court. He reminds me of one of my favorite players: Nate “Tiny” Archibald. Thomas is an intense competitor who is equally adept at making plays for himself and his teammates.
His back court partner Avery Bradley is having a very good season, averaging over 15 points a game. Add that to the fact that Bradley is one of the best on-the-ball defenders in the game.
Bradley made the play of the game Monday night. The 6-foot-2-inch Bradley was guarding the Jazz’s Gordon Hayward, a 6-foot-8-inch forward and one of the best offensive players in the league. There’s 20 seconds left in the game, Celtics up by one. Hayward tries to back Bradley down, shows his about four fakes, Bradley stands his ground and blocks Hayward’s shot, Celtics get the ball and their 11th straight home win. A great play by a great defensive player.
Just when Gordon Hayward looked to propel the Utah Jazz, Avery Bradley had other ideas!
Posted by NBA Australia on Monday, February 29, 2016
I never thought I would write these words but I would not trade Jae Crowder. Going back 17 months when he was part of the Rajon Rondo deal, I did not know who he was. But in his short time with the Celtics, Crowder has become the C’s Glue Guy. He does whatever it takes to help his team win. I thought Jae did a great job against LeBron in the playoffs last spring. He showed toughness, and would not back down as his teammates fed off his intensity and hard work. After coming back from knee surgery, Crowder’s a much better player. He can score, hit the big three, and take on the toughest defensive assignments. He may not be the best player on the team, but if you asked Brad Stevens I bet he would tell you that Crowder’s the most important player he has.
I know when people talk about the Celtics most of the talk is about the Brooklyn draft pick or what free agents they should go after this summer. All that can wait. For the next month and a half of the season — and hopefully a nice playoff run — just sit back and enjoy the team on the floor.
These Celtics play hard and give you your money’s worth each and every night. They deserve your attention. You will not be disappointed.