Sunday, December 5, 2010
Eighteen games into the regular season for 2010 - 2011 and the Celtics are 14 - 4 and 8 - 1 at home; so all is good for Celtics fans.
A lot of things are different this year; teams rising in the standings as others fall, and a certain much hyped team in the South Eastern division is just getting it together after falling to the green and white twice. To cover as much ground as possible I am going to break it down with the following;
Rajon Rondo - He was devastating during the later half of the year with some lapses, but he is down right incredible now. Posting 10 and 24 assists in the first ten games, Rondo leads all NBA players with an average of 14.9 per game. That’s very nearly five clear of Jason Kidd. Wow.
Shaq - An injured Kendrick Perkins, an injured and terminally fragile Jermane O’Neal, and a rookie Semih Erden who is learning the ropes while carrying...wait for it, a shoulder that is not 100% means Shaq is getting good minutes. This translates to 11.7 a game with 7 rebounds thrown in while also getting the occasional ‘Shaq of old’ getting 25 and 11 against New Jersey on November 24th.
Even scoring across the board - To take the most recent game vs the Bulls which the Celtics won 104 - 92, all starters scored in double figures while the bench scored between 8 and 2 points with only two players going scoreless. ‘The bench mob’ has been good and but inconsistency held them from being great night in and night out. Marquis Daniels has steadily been stringing together good performances. Glen Davis’s continues to come off the bench and bring it.
Kevin Garnett - KG is healthy. This translates to consistency, production and 20 point and 17 rebound games becoming more common for a player who built his reputation as a double double machine and continues to.
Trust - Define trust on the court. Ray Allen missing his 5 three pointers in row, then with the game on the line vs Portland Paul Pierce passes the ball to Allen for the win 99 - 95. This is indicative of a team who really doesn’t care who takes the shot and has several players who can nail the coffin shut on their opponent.
Bean Town is back. Green and white for life