Good, Bad & The Ugly: Complete game for C's

Good, Bad & The Ugly: Complete game for C's
November 8, 2013, 11:30 pm
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While the duck boats and parade down Causeway Street might be a bit over the top, there's no doubt that the Celtics' 91-89 victory over the Orlando Magic Friday night is a big deal.

Not only does it give the Celtics (2-4) their first two-game winning streak, but it was a game that came to down to fourth-quarter execution which is when the Celtics are usually in about-to-implode mode.

On Friday, they made all the hustle plays, such as Jordan Crawford diving on the floor for a loose ball and getting a timeout called to maintain possession.

They got clutch baskets from rookie Kelly Olynyk and big defensive stops by Brandon Bass.

It was as complete a game as the Celtics have had this season.

And to top it off?

They got the win!

Celtics coach Brad Stevens took 12 minutes to savor his first victory on Wednesday.

With the Miami Heat up next, Stevens was already on to the next game while discussing the win over Orlando.

"It's good to win, but when you rest on that ... you have to rid the momentum if you can positively," Stevens said. "But you can't let it consume you, let your head get too big."

True indeed.

And with that, we have the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from a much-needed, confidence-boosting victory over the Magic whose three-game winning streak has come to an end.


THE GOOD

Celtics bench

For the fourth straight game, the Celtics' second unit outscored their backup brethren. Still, the contributions on Friday went far behind points and rebounds. Boston's backups had a presence about them, whether it was Jared Sullinger grabbing a rebound or Kelly Olynyk knocking down a baseline jumper.

Turnovers

The Celtics weren't nearly as generous with the ball, committing a season-low 11 turnovers. That enabled them to take 12 more shots from the field than Orlando, despite the Magic out-rebounding Boston by six.

Courtney Lee

He scored 11 of his 13 points off the bench in the first half, providing a much-needed jolt of offense to keep the Celtics within striking distance.

Brandon Bass

We've been touting Jeff Green as the guy that should be the Celtics' go-to guy. For now at least, it's pretty clear that role belongs to Bass. He has been the team's best all-around player especially down the stretch.

And what makes his play so special is that he's finding ways to impact the game at both ends of the floor, which is exactly what your go-to player is supposed to do.

THE BAD

3-point shooting

Once again the 3-point shot was a non-factor for the Celtics as they misfired on 12 of 14 attempts. It's not all that surprising when you consider they came into the game ranked 28th in the league in 3-point shooting (26.3)


THE UGLY

Coming up all roses

It's hard to find much to hate on with the Celtics after an impressive road over a red-hot Orlando team that came in having won three in a row. If you want to nitpick, you can point out how they struggled early on keeping Nikola Vucevic out of the paint (uh, everybody does, truthfully).

For one night, the Celtics played about as close to their full potential as we've seen all season. To do that, and get a victory, is exactly what you want.