Good, bad, & ugly: Wallace, C's get back at Bobcats

Good, bad, & ugly: Wallace, C's get back at Bobcats
November 25, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Gerald Wallace has been an emotional roller coaster, much like the Boston Celtics in terms of wins and losses this season.

But a talk with Celtics head coach Brad Stevens on Sunday may have been just what he and the Boston need in order to move forward in a positive way.

Wallace said Stevens just wants him to "come out and play the way I know how to play and do the things I know how to do," Wallace said on Monday.

And the result was Wallace's best game as a Celtic, finishing with a season-high 17 points in Boston's 96-86 win over Charlotte.

For Wallace and a number of his teammates, Monday's victory was payback for a home loss to the Bobcats on Nov. 13, a game in which the Celtics never led - a first for them this season.

"We let the game get away in Boston," Stevens said. "We wanted to get back at them."

And they did, with contributions coming from several players.

But as well as the Celtics played, Monday's win was far from a perfect performance by Boston.

And with that, here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Boston's second straight win after having dropped six straight.

THE GOOD

Phil Pressey

Pressey continues to make his case for staying in the rotation once Rajon Rondo returns. The game's momentum did not swing in the Celtics' favor until Pressey entered in the second quarter and helped propel Boston to a 47-38 halftime lead. He continued his strong play when he entered the game in the second half, and finished the night with two points and a career-high eight assists along with three steals which was also a career-best for the rookie.

Gerald Wallace

Vintage "Crash," Gerald Wallace was all over the floor for the Celtics whether it was scoring in transition, pulling up for a 3-pointer or making his presence felt defensively in man-to-man coverage or providing help from the weak side. He finished with 17 points, four rebounds and three assists.

"Coming back to Charlotte has really rejuvenated Gerald," said Comcast SportsNet analyst and Celtics Hall of Famer Dave Cowens.

Jordan Crawford

He led the Celtics with a 21 points which included a number of free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.

THE BAD

Avery Bradley

Bradley never got into any kind of flow or rhythm primarily because of early foul trouble that continued in the second half. He played less than nine minutes, tallying twice as many fouls (4) as points scored.

THE UGLY

Charlotte crowd

"Good seats available" should be the theme of this team, with Monday's game yet another one that was uh, lightly attended. At one point in the first half, Comcast SportsNet play-by-play announcer Mike Gorman said, "there is zero atmosphere here. Do not adjust your sound at home."

It's too bad because this the Bobcats (7-8) team has enough pieces to be a playoff contender this season. But you wouldn't know that by the way the locals treat them as if they're a lottery-bound club with little to no talent that's worthy of little to no interest. They'll be known as the Hornets next year, and will have new jerseys and a new color scheme. But with the apathy of their fans, it'll probably go unnoticed by the locals.