Good, Bad & The Ugly: Victory, at last

Good, Bad & The Ugly: Victory, at last
November 7, 2013, 12:00 am
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BOSTON — The Celtics win a game! The Celtics win a game! The Celtics win a game!

The 97-87 victory over Utah on Wednesday night wasn't quite that dramatic, but considering it was the first one of the season after four straight losses, it was indeed a moment to celebrate.

"Winning's more fun than losing," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens following his first win as an NBA head coach.

Like every game they'll play this season, the Celtics had moments to relish and others they would just as soon forget.

But the end result - a win - made it all worthwhile.

Now comes the challenge of taking the success and finding a way to build on it going forward.

But before we look too far down the road, let's take a moment to reflect on Wednesday's game and examine the Good, the Bad and the Ugly that was on display.



The 6-foot-8 veteran did his best Kevin Garnett impression down the stretch for Boston as he came up with a huge blocked shot of Gordon Hayward drive attempt. Moments later, he drilled a mid-range jumper that seemed to be the final straw that ended Utah's hopes for a miraculous comeback.

Those plays were just part of a 20-point, four-rebound, two blocked shot night for Bass.


You don't have to like his shot selection or his herky-jerky dribble style. Still, you can't knock the results. He's not a true point guard, but he's as close to one as this team has until Rajon Rondo (torn right ACL) comes back. His seven points and four assists don't begin to tell how important he was to the Celtics' first win of the season. But there's a number that gives you a clue.

It's zero.

That would be the number of turnovers he had in 27 minutes.



He's a rookie and like all first-year players, he's going to have games where nothing goes his way. Faverani had one of those nights on Wednesday as he went scoreless in six minutes, which included missing all four of his shot attempts.


Fourth-quarter scoring

Boston got a bunch of big shots down the stretch, but this game should have never come to that, not after leading by as many as 25 points in the second followed by a 22-point advantage going into the fourth quarter.


You had to anticipate the sell-out streak for the Celtics would end at some point, and it did Wednesday night with 17,130 fans (out of a possible 18,624) on hand to see their first victory. It ended a regular-season streak of 238 sell-outs. If you include the playoffs, the streak ended at 289.