Good, Bad, Ugly: C's give complete effort

Good, Bad, Ugly: C's give complete effort
November 29, 2013, 11:00 pm
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BOSTON — It was far from a perfect game for the Boston Celtics.

But in the grand scheme of their season, Friday's 103-86 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers was about as complete a game as they have had this season.

"We've had our ups and downs throughout the season," said Jeff Green who led all scorers with 31 points. "We've had our quarters where we played well. But (Friday) was an all-around good game."

Boston's strong start to the game was fueled by some exceptional ball movement which resulted in eight assists on 11 made field goals.

The Celtics got away from that some in the second quarter some, but didn't allow the Cavaliers (4-12) to get back into the game which was one of the many positives Boston took away from Friday's victory which snapped a four-game skid at home.

"We kept our focus," said Boston's Jordan Crawford who had his third career triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. "Even though we had a comfortable lead, it still felt like they could come back. We wanted to just finish the game out."

And that they did, earning Stevens his most lopsided victory as the Celtics' head coach.

"I thought that that might have been our best game on both ends of the floor that we have played," Stevens said. "We had a number of different guys contribute what I thought was really good contributions."

That said, here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from an impressive Celtics win at home which snapped a four-game losing streak at the TD Garden.

THE GOOD

Jeff Green

Green didn't waste any time establishing himself in all facets of play, scoring 20 of his game-high 31 points in the first half which helped set the tone for Boston's 103-86 win.

"You can tell he is really locked in, really focused and really doing a good job," Stevens said.

Jordan Crawford

His all-around game was in full effect on Friday, tallying the first triple-double of the season by a Celtics player with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

"He got a triple double?" said Stevens, grinning. "Crawford did? Holy Smokes! I had no idea."

Avery Bradley

He continues to take what the defense gives him, and once again he makes them pay. Bradley had 21 points on 9-for-11 shooting, most of which were open or lightly contested mid-range shots and 3-pointers.

THE BAD

Turnovers

The Celtics continue to turn the ball over at an alarming rate, with 10 of their XX coming in the first half. Fortunately for Boston, the Cavaliers could not make the most of their giving spirit as Cleveland scored just four points in the first half off of the Celtics' mistakes.

THE UGLY

Cavaliers chemistry

Talent is not the problem with this team. They have good players, but they don't fit together neatly and there's  no veteran leadership to help guide this team through these rough waters. You have to wonder how long with the Cavaliers stick with Brown during this, his second stint as Cleveland's head coach.