Blakely: Celtics gradually improving

Blakely: Celtics gradually improving
March 8, 2014, 7:45 pm
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With only 20 games remaining in the season, the Celtics sit 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 21-41 record. 

Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely joins Abby Chin to discuss the state of the team, and says fans can expect to see a heavy dose of young players for the rest of the season. 

"Those guys have earned the right to be out there," says Blakely. "I think we’re going to see a lot more of that going forward."

"You want to see what those guys can do. When you’re in the position [the Celtics are] in, where you’re not going to be in the playoffs, you have to look towards the future and those guys represent their future." 

Many felt the Celtics' 91-84 win over the Nets on Friday night demonstrated tremendous growth in a season marked by growing pains.

"I see progress in the team as a whole," says Blakely, "but not because of the win over the Nets."

The Celtics turned the ball over 28 times on Friday and Nets were unable to make them pay, missing their first 17 three-point attempts. You can't expect to win many games if you're turning the ball over nearly 30 times a contest.

"As a team they are getting better," says Blakely. "Brad [Stevens] has had to deal with a lot of changing faces and not necessarily for the better."

Stevens saw two of his better players, Jordan Crawford and Courtney Lee, traded mid-season, making the re-building effort that much tougher.

Blakely says fans (and fantasy owners like Blakely) can look forward to improved play from Rajon Rondo as well.

"He’s getting back to being the superstar that we know."

Rondo's near triple-double against the Nets was as good as he's looked all season, and reason to be optimistic that the future is indeed bright for the Celtics.