Celtics win fourth straight against Nuggets
The Boston Celtics continued their hot streak on Wednesday night when they took care of business against the Denver Nuggets at TD Garden. The Celtics won 111-103, but the score did not dictate how one-sided this victory this victory was for the boys in green. The Celtics got off to a hot start in this game, but Denver managed to keep the game tight for the first 36 minutes.
Boston shot for only 39 percent in the first three quarters of this match up, but really flipped the switch in the fourth leading by as much as 22 points at one point in the final quarter. The main reason for the Celtics retaining the lead for the majority of this one was sharp shooting of Avery Bradley who notched five three-point shots finishing the night with 27 points overall. 22 of those points came in the first half.
The Celtics 18-1 run at the end of the third quarter heading into the fourth quarter was the highlight of the night. Evan Turner, Kelly Olynk, Amir Johnson, Avery Bradley, and Jared Sullinger all finished the night in double-figures. Nevertheless, the Celtics struggled to really finish this game as Denver cut the lead to single digits. “They can streak on you, we did a good job of handling the first three and a half quarters, but we got sloppy at the end” said Brad Stevens of his team’s performance late in last night’s game. As they say a win is a win, and right now the Celtics have won four straight and are a half-game out of fourth place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.
The reason to be optimistic about the Celtics right now is that they are beating the teams they are suppose to beat. Early in the season they played like the NBA’s version of the New York Giants. When they would play a powerhouse like Golden State they would take the game into multiple overtimes. Yet a couple weeks later they would fall to the lowly Nets and Lakers. Plain and simple they would play to the competition of their opponent. The past four games Boston is beating the teams they should beat, and that should continue this weekend as they have a home-and-home series with the Orlando Magic on Friday and Sunday.
On Thursday, NBA players and fans will find out if their biggest star in Isiah Thomas will be named to the Eastern conference reserve team in this year’s All-Star game in Toronto. In 47 games this season, Isiah is averaging 21.6 points per game along with 6.6 assists per game. That is deserving on an All-Star reserve spot in many fans eyes. If Thomas were to be nominated he would be the second Celtic to be represented at All-Star weekend, along with Marcus Smart in the rising stars’ game.