Good, Bad & Ugly: Wallace gets physical

Good, Bad & Ugly: Wallace gets physical
February 7, 2014, 11:30 pm
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Gerald Wallace collides with a Kings defender in the Celtics' 99-89 victory.

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BOSTON — You don't earn a nickname like 'Crash' from delivering love taps on the basketball floor.

Gerald Wallace brought a heightened level of physical play to the floor Friday night, and that would prove to be one of the many keys to Boston pulling away for a 99-89 win over Sacramento.

While much of the praise following the game was centered around Boston's Jared Sullinger and Jerryd Bayless, Wallace's play was also an integral part of the Celtics extending their winning streak to three in a row.

To put that in perspective, the Celtics (18-33) have won more games in this first week of February, than they did in the entire month of January.

And while the contributions came from many on Friday, there was no mistaking the impact that Wallace made on the game.

He finished with a near triple-double of eight points, nine assists and 12 rebounds.

"I thought the guy who did probably fill up the stat sheet a little bit was, lifted us in a lot of ways, Gerald Wallace," said head coach Brad Stevens. "His physicality and toughness all over the court was great."

Wallace's play was among the better ones for the Celtics.

And with that we have the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Boston's third straight win.

The Good

Jared Sullinger

He continues to trend towards being the go-to guy that the Celtics are desperately searching for. Sullinger came through with his fourth straight double-double, tallying a career-high 31 points to go with 16 rebounds.

Jerryd Bayless

Bayless has the ability to get hot on any given night, and he certainly was on Friday. He came off the bench and scored 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting, in addition to four assists, a steal and a rare blocked shot.

Kelly Olynyk

The aggression level of Olynyk continues to become more and more consistent. The 7-foot rookie had 11 points on 3-for-5 shooting to go with nine rebounds and five assists.

The Bad

Kris Humphries

Traffic delays led to him being late for the Celtics' shoot-around, a first for him in his 10-year NBA career. The result was him getting on the floor later than usual. It was one of the few nights where Humphries was a non-factor for the bulk of his time on the court, going scoreless with just one rebound while tallying as many personal fouls (2) as turnovers (2).

The Ugly

Free throw shooting

The Celtics rank 13th in the NBA in free throw shooting at 76.6 percent. But that didn't do them much good on Friday as they shot 10-for-15 (66.7 percent) from the line.